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Bring A Splash Of The Mediterranean To London

When you think about drinking on the continent it usually involves a glass of something light and refreshing or short and deliciously bitter. But whether you’re gazing out over a crystal clear sea, perfectly poised on a lounger by a pool or surrounded by rolling green vineyards and olive groves… there’s always a perfect food pairing just waiting to be savoured alongside those tasty beverages.

Right now, we’re dreaming of Barcelona and a small cold cervesa enjoyed in the afternoon sun – partnered with those cheeky free plates of tapas or a glass of deliciously nutty oloroso Sherry with some freshly shaved jamón glistening in accompaniment. Or maybe Santorini - and an ice cold glass of grassy, fresh retsina which is just calling out for juicy tomatoes or slice of saganaki cheese drizzled in honey…

Or an Aperol Spritz in Sicily with those incredible olives.
Or a pastis in Paris with an oyster or two for good measure… 
Oh - the options.

Thankfully with London being the foodie-mecca that it is, there are a plethora of great spots to while away weekend afternoons or live your best early evening #spritzlife - here are just a few of our favourites where the tables definitely do not have a time limit and daydreaming is actively encouraged…

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If you’re looking to re-create those seaside vibes then head to Grand Duchess in Paddington. Take a seat on the bar side and savour lovely wine and seafood to your heart’s content, whilst the world floats by on the Regent’s canal in front of you. For those more keen on staying in Soho – Barrica on Goodge Street is the most obvious choice but Swift does some awesome spritzes and oysters too, plus you can happily stay in the upstairs bar for… ever!

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If your group’s a little larger, then Spelzini in Shoreditch is a good shout – a newish all-day sort of place with a relaxed café feel and free cicchetti snacks between 4-7pm in the week. Nearby Serata Hall offers a lovely array of affordable wines on tap and the place is huge, so you don’t feel bad when you and the whole gang take up a big table and share a couple of carafes.

You can’t go wrong with an Enoteca Da Luca and if you’re already East then their Old Street venue has outside seating tucked down a side street off of Old Street roundabout with cured meat platters as big as your head.

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Notting Hill has been nailing the slow, lazy life for years and so it’s no surprise that the hotly anticipated Gold would follow suit. Grab a table in their conservatory and you’re transported to somewhere almost tropical with informal food and drink that’s meant to be shared. Then just down the road, there’s always Gintonica, where giant goblets of G&T’s will keep you going for hours.

King’s Cross has some great options too… we love tucked away Bar Pepito with its extensive sherry list and outside courtyard seating and The Drop in Coal Drops Yard spans three romantic archways - perfect for a leisurely afternoon tucking into some of their British tapas. And for those occasions when you are south of the river, the downstairs bar at Salon in Brixton with its fuss-free approach also ticks all the right boxes.

So next time you’re out, opt for sublime snacks with downright delicious drinks lovingly drawn-out with friends, instead of saving it for your next holiday!