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|Address:||ME Hotel, 336-337 Strand Aldwych, London WC2R 1HA|
|Tel:||020 3603 9810|
|Wine: £24.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11am–1am (Thurs–Sat -3am Sun–10.30pm)|
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Having had lunch at Stk we decided to spent the rest of our afternoon in Radio (incidentally shouldn’t that be Rd to continue the distrust of vowels?)
It could, and should, be lovely with the rooftop setting and superb views east and west across the London skyline. Sadly it was rather what I expected Stk to be – I’ve never seen so many volcanic orange tans, which coupled with the blonde extensions and red soles gave a curious colour transition that looked rather like a met office chart of the recent hot spell. Apparently, and I’ll have to take my friends word for this as I’ve never even seen a single second of it, some of the “stars” of Made in Chelsea were in for champagne – so clearly its big here right now and I suspect that it will get rammed after 10pm with people on a mission.
It desperately wants to be cool – but they do let themselves down. The music is a horribly safe chilled Ibiza vibe, rather like someone purchased a large Ministry of Sound box set and just put it on a loop. Fine, you can probably get away with Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Moloko etc., but really not Hot Chocolate or Cool and the Gang (both played) – hardly the sort of vibe the cool kids will want.
The staff are a mix of curiously disinterested – try getting some of them to take an order – or seem to actively resent the fact you are there, buying drinks that don’t come in cheaply, with the odd one who doesn’t seem to have been infected with cynicism yet. You’ll be looking at £10-£12 for everything – and cheekily enough they bill you with 10% service on everything, even if you go to the bar yourself. Incidentally, don’t try and sit in a seat that is ‘reserved’ even if no one turns up there for at least an hour – a grumpy woman with a 90’s Madonna headset tells you off – perhaps upset that she hasn’t been allowed to appear on TV in The Call Centre.
Despite all of that I actually had a good time – which proves that if you go with someone you like and you drink enough rounds of drinks, have a view and some sunshine just about anything is bearable.