I don’t know how you feel about “going dry” during January but personally, I’m not a fan. It’s such a depressing month anyway that forcing yourself to forsake vino just seems unnecessarily punishing. Still, a lot of people do go in for the whole post-Christmas cleanse and what better way to celebrate getting back on the booze than with a party at Buddha Bar London?! On January 31st non-alcoholic drinks brand, ZEO decided to host a celebratory soiree, catering to those who wanted to retox and those still clinging to their (ill-advised) January detox with limitless supplies of both virgin and not-so-virgin cocktails.
I hadn’t yet visited the newest addition to the Buddah Bar family (other locations include Paris, New York etc) and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. As far as exquisite interiors and ambiance go, BB’s London outpost certainly delivers with luxe lounging areas, richly patterned wallpapers and ornate artworks from floor to ceiling. Like any Knightsbridge establishment, it’s unashamedly flash but as far as I’m concerned understatement is over-rated. Anyway, even the most committed of minimalists would have struggled not to give in once they tasted the canapes which included succulant crispy baby squid, sinfully delish mini cheesecakes and the most fantastic sushi. In all honesty, I was pretty knackered from the previous night’s exertions but once Amber Le Bon and Becky Tong got on the decks I was instantly in the mood for dancing. Evidently Amber isn’t just obscenely gorgeous, she’s also musically talented and even my “strictly-vinyl-only” DJ boyfriend who usually scoffs at such things was forced to admit that her skills were “pretty decent”. Rejuvenated from Amber and Becky’s mix (or maybe the cocktails, who knows) we took a lap of the room, catching up with my regular party pals Zara Martin and Henry Conway. I thought the idea of celebrating the end of January was a brilliant one and clearly wasn’t alone in that opinion as everyone from Bip Ling to Donna Air and Otis Ferry made an appearence.
Much as I’d loved to continue my Buddha Bar style retox it wasn’t long before we had to hit the road, or rather the piccadilly line, because next on the party agenda was Burberry… *to be continued*
Love Ella. X
Images courtesy of Marcus Dawes