Radio Bar is incredible and it is a place which I have been back to again and again. In the day time it offers undisputed views over the city and at night the glass triangle structure on the top of W Hotel turns into a private party with blue lights, the best lounge house and the most beautiful crowd in London. With a minimum spend is £50 per person for a reservation, this place is open to the rich, the savy or the sexy. Once you are inside however, the first you want to do is escape the large bar and walk out onto the beautiful roof terrace, which is decorated with large comfortable chairs and beds. Tables are light by large candles in glass jars and fires burn to keep the scantily clad girls warm.
The cocktails were beautiful and all tasted great whilst being strong. The flowers floating in my martini glass really gave it an added touch. The food bites were very small for the price, so one of our party who hadn’t eaten and decided to eat there got a bit disappointed and had to order doubles of each plate. The service was also a bit slow as we were sat outside, but the views were lovely and the music was less loud, so all in all it was worth it!
I wore a green beaded Herve Ledger dress. I chose this one instead of others as I just loved the beading and the olive green colour.I have combined this with gold earrings and black heels. Some of Herve Ledger’s bodicon dresses can look a bit tacky as the colors are really really bright, which although great for the summer, might be too informal for the winter.
This last picture was taken in Barcelona in a hotel. Although it isn’t from the same night out, it is the same dress, so it is just to give an idea of what it looks like.
KAREN MILLER SHOES
HERVE LEDGER DRESS
MACY’S DIAMOND BRACELET
My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita
The Cathedral plaza is lively. Creole women and men with fat cigars walk around. Fortunes are told and with a flash of black and white, drinks and lunch are served. Round the corner, the street is dancing, the red, blue and white flag is swaying, people salsa, a hand grabs my hand and I salsa.
La Bodeguita del Medio, Mojitos, Cohibas, musicians. Squiggles and signatures, faces press against the wooden bars.
So many people, such a small space. Mint leaves are torn, limes are squeezed. It all spills out, spills out outside.
La Bodeguita lays claim to being the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942. The rooms are full of frames, photos and the walls are covered by signatures including some of the bars famous clientele, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Neruda. The drinks were expensive and slightly watery ($7). It is very touristy, but I would recommend walking in and having a quick look inside to see the decoration, if not a cheeky cocktail on your way back to your hotel from Cathedral Plaza.
Old Hemingway, larger than life, props up the ornamental bar. It is said that it was he who invented the frozen Daiquiris which are now served here at the bar El Floridita– half jiggers of white rum, juice of two limes and half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur, without sugar, served frozen. Whether this is fact, myth or legend, there is no doubting that Hemingway had a special penchant for life’s real pleasures and so it is no surprise that he and his wife drove into town specially to drink cocktails at El Floridita. The Daiquiris are most definitely the best ones in town.
Much of the atmosphere of the 1940s and 1950s is still preserved, with the red coats of the bartenders matching the Regency style decoration that dates from the 1950s. The front of the bar is crowded and lively. Enjoy the live band and the vibrant atmosphere. A trip here is a must for all cocktail lovers.
If however the front is too packed out or noisy, a great option is to enjoy a seafood meal in the El Floridita restaurant part.The music and the atmosphere can still be enjoyed here, but the air is cooler and it is far less busy.
See Sumptuous lunch at El Floridita for more information on the restaurant and pictures