Sunday 20 September 2015


The bar at The Ivy

I like eating at the bar in elegant restaurants - it feels less formal and so infinitely chicer, it's always quicker if under time pressure, and if one wants to eat alone, it's the best place in the house to be. I haven't been to The Ivy in eons, not since my sister had her wedding reception there - but it recently had a refurb, and has emerged from its second cocoon as an even more beautiful butterfly than it ever was. The addition of a bar in the centre offers a perfect vantage point for people watching: Go early, or late, and you'll always be able to get a place. I was lunching there with a friend, and my preceding meeting finished early, so I took my place at the bar, ordered a very nice glass of a white burgundy, and finished the last few pages of Scoop. Julia Stitch would have approved.
The Ivy 1-5 West Street, London WC2


Amanda Hills said...

What a lovely Blog, I shall sign up to Follow you immediately as I can see we are kindred spirits.
One of my favourite places to steal time with a book is on a bench in Berkeley Square. I met the love of my life ( lives actually, but more on that in my own book soon ) in Mayfair, and we have our own bench.
I love it in all seasons, but perhaps the spring is my favourite, as the trees in there start to turn that lovely fresh green again.
The last book I read there, following a cinema trip to see the new version of the film, was Far From The Madding Crowd, which I hadn't read since my teens, and wanted to re-visit.
I always travel with a book, and if short of a notepad, will make notes in pencil inside the fly-leaf. But I always try to make sure they are of the romantic variety x

westendmum said...

What a fabulous idea, I've never thought of doing that.