Cocktails and Acquaintances

at South Place

“I stumbled across the South Place Hotel in passing a few years ago, having only popped in once or twice for a glass of wine in between meetings. The modern boutique hotel is a true stand-out amongst the offices of London’s traditional Square Mile—with its achingly cool structure and monochrome outdoor seating, the seven-story hotel’s ground-floor windows provide passersby with just enough intrigue to wander inside and discover more.

I figured I’d use part two of Cocktails & Acquaintances, a series where the premise is simply to meet new people at London’s best hotel bars, to try and change the fact that I haven’t been on a date for the better half of a year. I decided to invite someone who I had been in intermittent contact with (let’s call him ‘Ted’) for a drink or two at the low-lit, vibrant 3 Bar at South Place Hotel. We had been meaning to hang out for a while now. More on that later, but here’s what happened when I spent a night at this sophisticated East End mainstay.

I walked through the low-key Conran-designed lobby adorned in vibrant, retro art and was instantly offered a cocktail upon arrival. Don’t already judge me but I chose water, you know, stay hydrated. I could hear musters of a private party happening upstairs on the Secret Garden Terrace as I was led through an MTV Cribs-esque all-black corridor to my room. The sound of Meek Mill bumping in the background had me ready to get the night started, hoping my choice of outfit (a maroon slip dress and Celine boots) was trendy enough for my impending semi-blind date.”

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South Place Hotel
3 South Place, London, EC2M2AF
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