Who goes to the O2 unless they are going to a concert? Well, quite a lot of people, apparently. I was invited to the 1st birthday bash at NY-LON cocktail bar, nestled in the Entertainment Avenue behind TGI's, and what a treat it was. Lots of people, tourists and Londoners alike, were milling round the arena. I don't think there was any event on, it's actually just a nice place to go! A destination venue, shall we say. Lots of chain restaurants, some classier ones too, lots of bars and a proper pub. There's even a cinema and a bowling alley - giving the feel of a town centre hub for going out to enjoy.
But, of course, I am here for cocktails. NY-LON Lounge Bar opened at the O2 just over a year ago. Since then they've been serving up cocktails pre- and post-gigs, in celebration of one of my favourite travel routes - London to New York, flying with Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines, the official airline partners of the O2. To celebrate one whole year in this lavish, airport lounge exclusive bar, with steward-eque staff and streamlined interiors, resident mixologist Massimilanio Bua has created The Venturer: a blend of Bacardi, vanilla Galliano, Peychaud's, lemon and lime juice, egg white and apricot jam. This signature cocktail is available for the whole of October for only £6.
Accompanying canapés are themed on both UK and NYC traditional fare - so expect sharing boards with scotch eggs, mini goat's cheese tarts, and pastrami on crispbread.
Soothing music in the background with a super cool DJ, and the NYC skyline filling one wall, you may just feel like you're about to fly...
NY-LON Lounge Bar
Unit 4.03 Entertainment Avenue
O2 Arena, SE10 ODX
Open Tue-Sun 4pm-midnight
Food served 4pm-8.30
Images thanks to Crisp Media Ltd.