The Secret Garden of Hump-day Treats; South Place Hotel

On a sunny Wednesday evening most people would be fleeing the City but not House of Coco, as we headed to one of London’s best kept secret outdoor bars. [...]

On a sunny Wednesday evening most people would be fleeing the City but not House of Coco, as we headed to one of London’s best kept secret outdoor bars. Shhh, we’re going to let you in on South Place Hotel’s humpday treat!

South Place Hotel is a gorgeous hotel-cum-membership club nestled by Liverpool Street station that offers trendy meeting space to members and bottomless brunches to all. The exclusive feel of the space extends to the Secret Garden ; a cocktail and cigar terrace in the heart of the hotel that hosts South Place Hotel’s summer live music treat – South Place Unplugged.

On this evening we were invited down to hear Henry Taylour, an enigmatic singer/songwriter who is a popular face and voice on the London live music scene. The intimate space is beautiful with a long cocktail bar and casual Ibiza-terrace style seating. As you wouldn’t know the space was there from the street, it’s a real hidden gem and certainly for those ‘in-the-know’.

We fought the flow of commuters to arrive in this serene space for 7.30pm and proceed to our next battle; choosing a cocktail from the unusual seasonal menu on offer that boasts chocolate bitters Negronis (‘The Secret Negroni’) and delicious sours like ‘The Incas Lily’ with Pisco and St Germain.

Henry, who takes inspiration from Ben Howard and Jose Gonzales, took to the corner of the bar with his guitar to take us through a set of beautiful original acoustic material and covers. The music complemented the setting beautifully and transported us away from our mid-week stresses to a relaxed resort vibe!

As live music venues become fewer and further between it’s amazing to see a venue like South Place Hotel open up their space to promote upcoming artists. South Place Unplugged runs every humpday (Wednesday) throughout the summer. Tomorrow’s show sees Tobias Diggins take to the Secret Garden; we’ll see you at the bar to soak up the holiday vibes without leaving the City!

South Place Hotel can be found at 3 South Place London EC2M 2AF

Henry Taylour (14)

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