Back to January and the Hart brothers have just unveiled the QV Bar (www.quovadissoho.co.uk) at the iconic Quo Vadis on Dean Street. They’ve kept style in the family with the classy ground floor bar’s look created by Sam and Eddie Hart’s interior designer mother. Having teamed up with Ketel One vodka, they offer smart cocktails and as you’d expect there’s also a tempting British bar menu. Open from noon ‘til midnight, the QV is a well turned-out and very welcome addition to the Soho scene – there’s even an oyster hour from 5.30pm.
Another new restaurant bar is ORA (www.orarestaurant.co.uk), just behind Oxford Circus on Little Portland Street. With dark woods and simple, contemporary lines this off-the-beaten track hangout is attracting a young and trendy crowd with high quality cocktails at reasonable prices.
If resolutions are broken and you’re already back to clubbing, look no further than the re-launch of the thoroughly wintery Aprés London (www.apreslondon.com) on Duke Street, next to Selfridges. This wooded ski lodge-style venue has a lively upstairs bar with outside space to boot, but the party really gets started downstairs in the late lounge when a well-heeled crowd come out to play. Door policy downstairs is much stricter but the emphasis is on a fun night for everyone inside. Champagne breakfasts from 4am will soon fill a missing central London niche.
Tim Badham is the founder of Innerplace, London’s leading providers of VIP entertainment, including film premieres, fashion shows, launch parties and members club access. www.innerplace.co.uk.