I never want to go out in the evening when it’s raining.
Dark and wet shouts at me: lie on the sofa with a blanket, light a cozy candle, watch a film and don’t move until bedtime. Except that last night I had to go out… for a number of reasons:
1) House PR had invited me to their Simone Roche/Cointreau Prive pop-up bar for London Fashion Week at the Light Bar in St Martin’s Lane Hotel.
2) I wanted to catch up with the plus one I had carefully selected.
3) I won’t be out and about for the next two weeks (sorry to be cryptic/will divulge more later) so thought I SHOULD go.
So there I was, heading out into the rain. My plus one was driving and I think we both knew that our chances of finding a yellow line near the hotel were slim. But I had a plan: to befriend the doorman. I remember from my hotel PR days, the doorman was always more in the know that the hotelier himself. And I wasn’t wrong. A couple of winks, a big nod and an exchange of a crisp note before, as if by magic, we were parked directly opposite the hotel.
The party was full of those fashion-week-types. We downed our Cointreau cocktails and headed to Asia De Cuba for some seriously delicious dinner.
As we left the hotel (it was still raining), we thanked our favourite doorman before grilling him for some further gossip about the hotel. I can’t spill the beans yet but do look out for a very different type of bar opening at the front of St Martin’s Lane Hotel in the near future.
The Cointreau Privé designed by Simone Rocha (aka the pop-up area at the Light Bar in St Martins Lane hotel) will run from 11-22 September between 4pm and 2am. Guests can register to attend via cointreauprive.co.uk.