Heroine in Heels: Good Friends and Dirty Martini's

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Good Friends and Dirty Martini's

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Life can be so dramatic sometimes. Trouble with housing (story of my life right now), meeting work deadlines, boys, and all the hoo-ha that surrounds London. Don't get me wrong, I love my life, but it can be tiring and sometimes I just want to curl up in my duvet with a big mug of tea and Corrie (What? I'm northern).

However friends don't let friends wallow in tea on their own- they let them wallow over cocktails. I might have missed Corrie, but then our gossiping could give Norris a run for his money. 

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Me, Caroline and Helen decided on Dirty Martini for some cheeky afternoon tipples, and were joined by the lovely Teffy. Although God knows what she thought of our ridiculous banter. We are sane, promise. 

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Dirty Martini have a ridiculously good Happy Hour. In the week its until 10pm! And Saturday until 8pm, so it would be rude to pass up their good grace.

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The Cherry Blossom Martini full of Gin and Cherry Herring liqueur with raspberries, lemon juice and gomme syrup... and a cute little cherry blossom on top. So so good, I could drink a couple of these back to back.

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The Blood Orange and Vanilla Martini with its Absolut Vanilla Vodka shaken with blood orange syrup, Crème de Cassis, lemon juice and orange juice. Tangy yet sweet.

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For the adventurer that was Teffy, the Mango and Chilli Martini. An Absolut Mandarin Vodka shaken with mango liqueur, fresh mango juice, lemon juice and a hint of chilli.

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Dirty Martini is quite a small bar, so if you can, ring up before and ask for a table. Even at 3pm when we went, they were playing good old dance tunes, and the place was packed, which made for a trouble forgetting afternoon.

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Apricot and Grapefruit Martini with  Peach Vodka, apricot liqueur, pink grapefruit juice and a dash of Peychaud’s Bitters. 

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Passion Fruit Martini. Gin with Passoa and fresh passion fruit juice, my kind of drink. 

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Helen had the Espresso Martini. Vodka, Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps and espresso. I shudder at the thought of this. Sorry, but can it actually be nice? It is a well known fact that I like my girly drinks.

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We gossiped about our love lives, the pros and cons of taxi's (me and Caroline had made a London faux par by getting a taxi approximately 100 meters down the road- we swear we didn't know it was that close!) and we tried to show off our new found Cheese and Champagne knowledge. We may have stumbled when we our descriptions hit 'It tasted... cheesy'. 

Right now I am on top of the world in life. I feel like I have really achieved something, and made a life for myself down here in London. I have a fantastic job, I've been exploring the hell out of London, and have got to experience some amazing things, but it is my friends who keep me grounded and sane. 

Well you can't tell your fancy Mayfair bartender your life woes can you? Well, you can try after a couple of drinks...

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  1. That sounds like my kind of afternoon!


  2. Sounds lush! And great pictures... Wish I could take them as good :) lol

    Siobhan xx


  3. As ifffff they put a flower on it!
    That looks so beautiful!

    Kelly from DayDreamsDaisyChains.com

  4. Hi Laura! Found your blog through Caroline and completely love it!
    If this post doesn't have you craving a cheeky mid day cocktail then I don't know what will!
    I always say this to Caroline- but how on earth do you London girls just keep on finding new and incredible places?!
    Looks amazing to say the least...
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  5. That its a great start to the weekend I will have that dirty martini nice post.

  6. I love this post, you're so prettty! You have a great blog! Following you now! Check out mine?
    The Green Raybans

  7. I love Dirty Martini but its definitely not one for just 'popping in' in the evening because it gets toooo jampacked. I like to sit down whilst I sip my cocktails! xx

  8. This place looks awesome, definitely getting it on the list for my next trip to London! x

  9. The venue looks so pretty and classy. Looks like you guys had a blast!

    -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

  10. i discovered dirty martini a couple of weeks ago! the passion fruit martini was so good...next time you go try the chocolate martini....alcoholic chocolate milk!


  11. Dirty martini is great - I love all the decorations that come on the drinks, especially the flowers :) The chocolate martini is yummy.
    Charlotte x
    La Vie en Gâteaux

  12. Oh wow this bar looks amazing!!! I am in London next week so going to pop into this place for sure!!! Those drinks look the sooo good

    Laura x

  13. Was so lovely to meet you, and don't wore, you girls all made me feel right at home! I stand that my mango chili cocktail was probably one of the best I've ever had.. even though all the other ones were delicious as well - with the exception maybe of an espresso martini. also not the biggest fan!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  14. Just recently went to the Hanover Square one for a friend's burthday drinks - that happy hour is lethal! Made the mistake of licking my chilli....tears streaming down my face, but the chocolate one and the breakfast one, to die for!

  15. This sounds great! You can't have walked out of there the amount of drinks you had!

    Sounds like you really have it sorted in London! So happy for you :) x

  16. Those cocktails look AMAZING!! will have to check this place out next time im down in London :)
    Anna x


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