Host-with-the-most Cecil Russell George Uff Esq has rebranded and recast what was briefly Uff Tea as Cecil’s. Set in a candlelit warehouse once used for storing teas shipped from the colonies, this louche 1930s-style lounge aims to engage London barflies who long for the (supposed) glamour and well-groomed sophistication of bygone eras. Period garb circa Poirot and The Great Gatsby is positively de rigueur for Saturday’s ‘Oolong weekend’ high jinks (£15 cover charge, booking advisable), although it’s more relaxed mid-week as local workers unwind to live jazz and stand-up comedy. Tsingtao beer is on offer, but in such a moody, film noir setting, cocktails are really the thing: Paris of the East (Belenkaya vodka, Tio Pepe, ‘house plonk’, aloe vera, apple and passion fruit) and New York of the West (Maker’s Mark, umeshu and Mandarine Napoléon) are both worth a visit.
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