The Great and the Good

If you are a fan of 1920’s glamour, fine food and cocktails, you really must make a bee-line for Quaglino’s this summer. Already one of Mayfair’s most iconic restaurants, opened in 1929, the genuine ‘20s feel is being celebrated by a summer pop-up in the bar called Giovanni’s Gin Joint, a prohibition-style bar that invites you back to a time of speak-easies, jazz, glitz and glamour until 31st August.

Start with a ‘Miss Von Teese’ or ‘Moulin Rouge’ cocktail in the upstairs bar whilst looking down the sweeping staircase at the stunning dining room, before moving downstairs for a meal. We tried out the Sunday lunch menu and were blown away by the incredible beef tartare with oyster emulsion, and harissa and peanut roasted aubergine served with whipped coconut. Our knowledgeable sommelier recommended we share our starters with a Chardonnay and Chablis, before pairing our mains of beef and lamb with two perfectly matched reds. The desserts were equally impressive, and it’s not often my partner is silenced by a dessert, but I didn’t hear a peep out of him while he tucked into his chocolate feuillantine. It’s the perfect setting for a lively brunch, lunch, tea or dinner, and the waiting staff are super-friendly and attentive without being invasive.


Named after the founder John ‘Giovanni’ Quaglino, the summer pop-up will feature Great Gatsby-style parties, murder mystery evenings and live 1920s music and performances. To toast this, Quaglino’s have partnered with Tanqueray and designed a bespoke cocktail menu for guests to enjoy alongside a prohibition style bar menu. You could just sit there happily watching the expert mixologists create your cocktails, or have a go yourself. Quaglino’s bar team are hosting a series of cocktail master-classes where they will be showing how to make three Tanqueray-based cocktails. The classes begin with a complimentary gin cocktail followed by a demonstration of how to make two of the new cocktails, before guests get involved and make the third showstopper cocktail themselves, all accompanied by some delicious nibbles. The first class is on tomorrow (and then every Wednesday until 31st of August) from 6pm- 7.30pm and tickets are £45 per person and can be booked by emailing