It’s not every week night that I get to ditch the kids for a glam hangout in Chelsea.
So I look back in longing (and through a nostalgic, Raspberry Bellini soft focus) to last week Tuesday when I was out with a lovely group of London bloggers for cocktails and canapes at Beaufort House.
This handsome members’ club on King’s Road oozes understated cool. It’s in everything from the quirky illustrations lining the walls along the staircase to the fabled rock star clientele.
Our super friendly hosts, co-owner Simon and PR head Emma, welcomed us in the Cocktail Bar with champagne and urged us to dive into the treats elegantly laid out on tables around us. Soused sea bass and salmon with quail’s eggs and caviar aren’t exactly my bag, baby. But I must have wolfed down at least 10 mini wild mushroom and herb quiches (they were exquisitely teeny).
Other goodies we sampled included mini lemon meringue pies, spring rolls, fresh strawberries dipped in Rococo chocolate fountain and, probably my fave arrival of the evening, fish and chips in mini paper cartons!
But it wasn’t all about the nosh — there was plenty of talking shop and giggling and of course, boozing to be had.
I’d just ordered another glass of champagne when a tall, well-dressed stranger soared past me on a tray. I was told it was a Spiced Pear Mojito, the Beaufort House special. Of course I had to test one or two out, for review purposes.
You know when you order a mojito that’s basically a splash of rum and tons of crushed ice squashed into half-a-glass and you sit there making that angry sucking face with the straw, trying to get a taste of alcohol?
One Beaufort House Spiced Pear Mojito could turn your night around… it’s a real drink, practically a pint-sized glass of rum-sozzled pear nectary goodness. Shout outs to those Raspberry Bellinis, but the mojitos stole the show.
While the night was still fairly youthful, Simon led us on a tour of the venue, starting with the champagne penthouse or, as I like to call it, the boudoir. A decadent vision in red, it actually serves as a kids’ party room during the day.
Indeed, Beaufort House is also a babe-friendly venue offering several rooms that can be hired for birthdays, baby showers and other child-related
mayhem activities. They run a Parent & Baby cinema club on the first Wednesday of every month (next one is Oct 3) where mums and their babies under one can kick back in luxurious surroundings, enjoy tea and a movie followed by a main course, all for under a tenner.
Simon says they’re planning more events aimed at kids and families and I can hardly think of a better spot to drag your favourite rummy mummy (did I mention those mojitos?) for a day out with the minis or a girlie escape.
Membership at Beaufort House costs £400 per annum but they’re extremely welcoming to non-members whether you’re popping by for lunch in the brasserie or (like our lot on Tuesday) you look like you’re planning on moving in.
Huge thanks to Laura of London Baby blog for organising a brilliant night out and to Simon and Emma for giving us the rock star treatment!
Beaufort House Chelsea is at 354 Kings Rd, SW3. For membership enquiries and bookings tel: +44 207 352 2828
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