La Bodega Negra, London — London, UK
New York’s nightlife pin-up Serge Becker has joined forces with London restaurateur Will Ricker and entrepreneur Ed Spencer Churchill to launch an unusual Mexican experience. Hidden behind a sex shop sign on Old Compton Street in Soho, you will find an underground speakeasy restaurant and tequila bar very much inspired by Serge’s legendary La Esquina diner in NY. The space is filled with art by Pierre Molinier as well as vintage furniture, including amusing children’s chairs that give the impression of being part of a surreal Alice in Wonderland film. An old grand piano has been taken apart to form an art installation and there is a private dinning area, as well as a couple of cosy alcove booths for more intimate soirées. The menu offers ceviche, tacos and tostados, as well as rotisserie delights prepared from a wood-burning grill. On the ground floor, a more causal taqueria and café is linked to a second road entrance on Moor Street. A good way to start the evening is with a Hibiscus Margarita.