REVIEW: Grand Union, Camden
We love London, for all its concept restaurants with long queues, no-reservations nonsense, and ever-changing landscape of bars and dingy drinking dens – when it goes just right (and it’s not raining outside) that’s what makes the city so fun. Hunting down the latest awesome pop up and nabbing a reservation, or stumbling upon an absolute gem in the middle of the night will never get old (especially when a friend is visiting and you’re trying to impress). But sometimes, when you’re planning a big birthday drinks celebration (or fancy an off the cuff cocktail) you need a bar you can rely on.
Grand Union is one of those – dotted around the capital, it’s a cosy mess of fairy lights, artfully mismatched stools and low sofas, super-friendly staff and a loooooong cocktail list. The tables get sticky, the lights get low and dancing almost always happens as the night wears on – and the venues lie conveniently close to tube stations to get you home after five Pina Coladas.
Launching a new cocktail menu in December, the place is good value, too – the ‘Happy Days’ menu offers any 2 of the same cocktail for just £10, or 2 of the same premium cocktail for £12, including the likes of the ‘Desert Island Fizz’ (Malibu and mango puree mixed with Prosecco), ‘Elderflower Frost’ (Bombay Sapphire, elderflower, mint and apple) and ‘Honey Bee’ (JD Honey, Triple Sec with lemon, lime and apple).
We headed to the Camden outpost and sampled several of the above, balanced out by a (remarkably healthy) Chicken Stack (£9.50), a peppered pile of chicken breast, aubergine, sundried tomato, roasted pepper, rocket, pesto and fries.
A destination bar it isn’t, but for after work drinks, or a please-all venue for large groups, you can count on Grand Union.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx
Address: 102 – 104 Camden Road, Camden, London, NW1 9EA