Ballie Ballerson, Soho
Ball pit and cocktail bar Ballie Ballerson has opened a second venue in Soho. (Its original Shoreditch site is now closed for a refurb and not due to reopen until early November.) The new place has two large ball pits: one in glowing neon; the other with vibrant, bespoke wall murals inspired by Soho’s unique atmosphere. In addition to an extensive light-hearted cocktail menu featuring drinks such as ‘Soho Sundown’, there are pizza and bar snacks to get your energy levels up post-ball pit. The interior design is inspired by the 80s, the 90s and new music genre vaporwave to create a cool and nostalgic adult’s playground.
53-54 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8SP
Haymarket Wine House, St James’s
The Haymarket Wine House offers more than 125 wines ranging from full-bodied reds to crisp and fruity whites, with grape varieties from Europe and beyond. For more experimental drinkers, a Wine Paddle is three small-vineyard wines served with a trio of cheeses to share. Downstairs is an elegant, bistro-inspired space that can be booked for parties and private functions. A simple and reasonable menu offers dishes such as steak and frites served with a choice of sauces for £10.
66 Haymarket, London St James’s, SW1Y 4UY
No 35 Mackenzie Walk, Canary Wharf
The Darwin & Wallace collection of sustainable neighbourhood bars just got bigger with the opening of No 35 Mackenzie Walk in Canary Wharf. A stone’s throw from the tube station, and with a south-facing waterside terrace spanning the length of the bar, it serves Monday-morning coffee through to Friday-evening cocktails and into lazy weekend breakfasts and Sunday roasts. First and foremost, though, it’s a bar, offering seasonal cocktails, a large variety of gins, plus craft and draft beers, and house wines by the glass, carafe or bottle. A large feature bar is surrounded by feasting tables, bar-top seating and cosy sofas to lounge on, sticking with the home-from-home aesthetic with a hint of the local that has led Darwin & Wallace to win three Restaurant & Bar Design awards.
29-35 Mackenzie Walk, Canary Wharf, E14 4PH