The Parlour the first of half a dozen new restaurants/nightspots sorely needed in Canary Wharf. I met two couples, Caroline and David, Joanne and Darren before BoyWonder turned up. It was very loud, but the free drinks and occasional canapes sweetened the mood! It's very different - read more funky - from any of the current venues, so very welcome. Lunch a week or so later with the girls from the office lead to mixed reviews - my confit duck was great, as were the veggie lasagnas - though the risotto was a miss.
Next I went to visit my lovely and talented friend Patrick - hairdresser to the stars - and me of course! So I started that Friday as a blonde, but ended up a red-head; with a dose of purple thrown into the back for good measure. We went for drinks afterwards at our club Molton House which is a high-fashion bar with a good wine list (the South African pinotage-viogner blend was lovely) - I'm looking forward to going back for cocktails and to try out the restaurant... and when work gets less nuts, to go for a boogie in the nightclub.
Last night BoyWonder and I met up with half of the Parlour Pals again to check out Lower East, another new opening at Canary Wharf. The plan was to have dinner there, then head to Mile End to introduce them to a great East End pub, but we never made it. Dinner was good, with some mixed results. Good cocktails, wine, organic oysters, crab cakes and venison; but overcooked, under-seasoned steak and tasteless half-pint of prawns let it down... the friendly service may be its saving grace.
While I was there I also managed to do a Wild BookCrossing Release. Leaving the book behind at the bar stool, was easy - and it wasn't there when I checked later, so fingers crossed that some kind soul found it, will post it's find online and I'll get to know about its travels. I've also done a couple of "Controlled Releases" and Exchanges so once those have come to fruition there will be more news.
Other than that, I spent today shopping for an angle-grinder and blade with BoyWonder - tres excitement... then we went to the garden centre to appease me... when did we become middle aged?! Study tomorrow...