I love going out in the week in London. The working day goes so much more quickly if you have a fun evening to look forward to! Yesterday I braved the weather, which has suddenly deteriorated into Proper British November Winter, and skipped over to Shoreditch High Street to meet friends for dinner and drinks.
Our venue was Bottega Prelibato, a gorgeous, intimate little Italian in the Shoreditch Triangle. It was so nice coming in out of the cold to the warm, welcoming restaurant. We ordered crisp white wine and the waiter brought over the menu on big blackboards. The menu changes regularly so as to be seasonal and fresh. We weren’t sure we understood all the options, so the waiter actually brought out a board with examples of all the pasta on it, and ran through our choices – such a nice touch!
We had a sharing platter starter – an incredible burrata on a bed of parma ham, basil, sundried tomatoes, apples and olives. It made me feel Christmassy (I mean, everything makes me feel Christmassy, but still!). All washed down with crusty bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar.
Followed by…okay, honestly? I can’t remember what this was called but it was soft pasta shells filled with some kind of cheese, and it was excellent!
Afterwards, we went for drinks at Callooh Callay – if you’re in the area, this is the bar I recommend you head to if you’re around in the week (it’s rammed at the weekend). Delicious and exciting cocktails, it’s just one of those really cool places to hang out – look at the little menus!
I had a drink which described itself as tasting like something out of a festival, and somehow it really did take me straight back to Glastonbury – in the best way possible! I love how it was served in an American 'red cup' too!
I looked out at the rain…and dialled an Uber. There’s only so much weather-braving a girl can take!