I'm not wowed by the pull of a designer, however, so instead of shopping we thought we'd go for a few drinks in the first place that caught our attention. We found Mews of Mayfair, down a side road, in Lancashire court, which isn't really a court as it is a small space, which Mayfair decidedly called a court, but who likes to be pedantic?
Mews of Mayfair is a pretty venue, stylish and aptly dark, it has a cool Shoreditch edge, but with a polished, fineness to it, which I was only too partial to.
The service failed in some areas, unfortunately. After settling in on the plush sofa, we ordered two pots of lotus flower tea and a Martini. Twenty minutes after receiving our tea did we realise they'd missed the Martini order. Our waitress was less than pleased when we asked about the martini, feigning ignorance. We spoke to the manager, who was understandably apologetic and gave it us for free.
My friend loves a vanilla Martini, and when she finally received her drink (in a Martini glass of course), she said they'd got the balance just right and soon after ordered another.
The tea was the winner in my eyes, however I'm not usually a fan of flowering tea. I find it has more style than substance, but Mews of Mayfair well and truly delivered.
Firstly, our teapots were ornate, silver things which wouldn't have looked out of place in The Ritz. Inside were lotus flowers leaves, which perfumed our teacups with a delicate but fragrant scent, which was easy on the tongue. Our tea was served with a thick, sweet honey, which made the tea sing. Needless to say, we ordered another two pots and finished them off too.
Aesthetically, Mews of Mayfair is more than pleasing. The dark decor, with its wood accents, cool glass tables, chandeliers and slate floor make it the epitome of cool cocktail bars and eateries in Mayfair.
Mews has a reputation for its food and presentation: the stuffed fish looked incredible and the pancakes stacked with ice-cream, peanut butter and bananas had me salivating, but it's perfect for a drink or two, also. If you're thinking of dining at Mews book a table in advance because you really don't want to miss out on the menu.
Although Mews is a cocktail bar and kitchen, those around us also seemed to visit for a catch up with friends, opting for coffee and tea, and now I can see why; drinks are their forte.
I recommend visiting early afternoon, when the crowd is jovial, chilled and it's not too noisy. Mews transforms into a hotspot during the evenings too; it has a club downstairs, which is apparently heaving of a Saturday night.