I’ve found my new favourite post-work drink place. And it’s not just because it’s about 2 minutes’ walk from my office.
Bronte opened a few weeks ago, right by Trafalgar Square. An odd location, you might think. A place which will probably attract a lot of tourists, was my first thought. But actually, no. Either tourists haven’t clocked on yet that there is this rather glamorous (yet still very welcoming) bar and restaurant a moment’s walk from London’s highlights. Or perhaps they just prefer Pizza Hut and Garfunkels (fine by me). Because Bronte seems to be full with mostly locals and people like me, who head here for a welcome glass of wine after a long day’s work.
Tom Dixon – famous for doing the interiors of the wonderful Sea Containers – has also done the design here. His style is recognisable: bright colours in the form of a stand out pink granite bar (love it), and green banquettes. Quirky but attractive lamps hang from the ceiling and large pot plants add a slightly exotic feel to the place. My favourite though, is to sit on their spacious colonnaded terrace – which feels remarkably calm, despite the busy Strand happening all around you.
But this is not just a bar. The food is good too. Admittedly I’ve only tried their snack menu (their crab summer rolls are very good), but if it’s anything to go by, the rest of their menu should be delicious. And pricing is reasonable too.
Some praise must also go to their staff. Every time I’ve been there the waiters have all been exceptionally friendly and helpful, mostly Italian and very upbeat gentlemen.
I’m not one to keep returning to places, especially in a city like London, where new places open every day and I get serious FOMO if I don’t jump on a soft launch or new opening. However, I might make the exception for Bronte, which, with its good looks, convenient location and (usually) free tables, is the perfect place for a mid-week drink and a bite.
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Photo credit: Bronte