Cafe Society: South of the river
Saturday 23 May 1998
Putney Bridge Embankment (visible from Putney bridge), SW15 (0181-780 1811) Architecturally splendid wedge-shaped glass-and-chrome bar restaurant, winner of a Riba award in 1997. Modern European menu upstairs, interesting bar snacks downstairs, great river views in both.
The Drawing Room/The Sofa Bar 103 Lavender Hill, SW11 (0171-350 2564) Lovely, eccentric bar-restaurant filled with battered sofas, art deco mirrors and the most interesting ashtray collection in London. A place to eat lovely homemade bread and be generally cossetted.
The Fire Station 150 Waterloo Rd, SE1 (0171-620 2226) Frenetic, junky conversion (who puts out the fires of Waterloo now?) with pubby habits (pay at the bar) good mixture of post-work, pre-club and round-the-theatre clientele and hardly a spare seat in the house.
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