Set between St Christopher’s Place and Selfridge’s sits Apres, a slick cocktail bar that is the perfect place to escape the hordes on Oxford Street.
Meeting my date on a sunny day we ambled the short walk to Apres from Bond street. We were greeted by a friendly waitress who sat us outside under a heater and left us to get to know each other better.
Cocktails are the drink of choice at Apres. We particularly recommend you visiting during happy hour when selected cocktails are a fiver until 8pm which can be easily ordered via the table service.
I opted to try the Pink Panther cocktail which was recommended to me while my date opted for the Raspberry Mule. I did feel a bit effeminate when my drink arrived as it looked a little like pink angel delight! Luckily it tasted of a refreshing mix of fresh watermelon and chocolate which was interesting but hit the spot.
The live guitarist provided the perfect background noise keeping the atmosphere mellow but still allowing the bar to be abuzz with chatter. There’s also the opportunity to get shisha at Apres, though it was a date too early for us!
Apres London also seemed to be a hot spot for celebrity spotting. During the evening, my date and I saw Paul Weller walk past having done a spot of shopping in Selfridges, and on the table next to us was an actress who used to be in Hollyoaks (one of the twins I think).
Apres is a great place to start a date and make the most of the happy hour. Afterwards you could move on to St Christopher’s Place where you’ll find a good mix of restaurants. Apres also hosts other nights that include salsa dancing, make your own bellini and scrabingo so it’s worth checking out what’s on.