As the host of my first ever bloggers event several years ago, Dirty Martini has always held a little place in my heart – as cliche as that sounds. I’m lucky to be able to work with them on a regular basis and having seen the numerous new cocktail selections, I have been eager to visit again for a little while now. Danielle and I booked a rather last minute and fleeting visit to London a couple of weeks ago as we were called to interview a lovely lady in South London for a documentary, so luckily – they had a spot available for us at their Monument branch, a brand new venue with a busy, bustling vibe.
Renowned for their extensive selection of delicious cocktails, Dirty Martini certainly lives unto it’s name in providing high quality, sophisticated drinks that any Londoner would return to, again and again. Despite having only been open a short while, already the clientele is evident – with many turning to the branch for their after work drinks – even on a Tuesday night!
With luxurious furnishings, mood lighting and a surprisingly chilled feel (despite being bang in the centre of the busiest city in the UK), it was a welcome addition to our hectic day, as we were treated to a vegetarian snack platter (the best I’ve ever had) and two incredible cocktails each.
Danielle and I both opted for the Raspberry Belini, a deliciously festive feeling drink that gave us chance to celebrate the end of our tirelessly long day. We perused the ‘nibbles’ selection with each sib (along with a few ‘mmms’) before opting for the vegetarian platter (each, oops). Piled high with an abundance of delights, including pesto, pepper and halloumi skewers, breaded tomato and cheese balls (I could eat these everyday, they were delicious), spicy wedges, vegetable dumplings and flatbreads. A feast fit for a king – or a London socialite, in this case perhaps!
If you’re looking for a London based venue for a last minute festive trip to the city, a girlie get-together or even – dare I say it – a date, Dirty Martini is definitely a place to check out, as it’s an incredible all-rounder. Sprinkled with candles and beautiful lighting makes for a beautiful evening setting – and having visited some of the other branches (Mayfair & Covent Garden) they certainly don’t disappoint!