A Saturday to myself and a reacquaintance with @tate Modern and @hawksmoorrestaurants in Borough. Some amazing art, especially seeing favourites from Mondrian, Dali, and Monet, then brilliant Anni Albers and Christian Marclay's mesmerising The Clock. Part of me wishes I'd watched it for a few hours, but... I had meat to eat.
Honestly, the Hawksmoor is still one of the best places you'll eat. The cocktails (today: Rise & Brine) are second to none, the steak (400g rib eye) incredible and there's something nice about sitting treating myself and reading the paper watching the rest of the place go by. Then missing my wife and daughter. That's the beauty of it.
I've been going to both of these places for years. So in many ways, whatever changes, it stays the same.
Steak, Whiskey, Wine, and Bone Marrow kinda dining experience today.
Get at me for the sophisticated experience. Platinum package also includes debates about brexit and socialism.
There is no Light without Darknesse and no Substance without Shaddowe' So proclaims #NicholasDyer , assistant to #SirChristopherWren and the man with a commission to build seven London churches to stand as beacons of the enlightenment. But Dyer plans to conceal a dark secret at the heart of each church - to create a forbidding architecture that will survive for eternity. Two hundred and fifty years later, London detective Nicholas #Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sites of certain eighteenth-century churches - crimes that make no sense to the modern mind.
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton UK
Publication date: May 25, 2010
#PeterAckroyd is a well known writer and historian. He has been the literary editor of The Spectator and chief book reviewer for the The Times, as well as writing several highly acclaimed books including a biography of Dickens and London: The Biography. He resides in London and his most recent highly acclaimed work is Thames: Sacred River.
Wine of the evening was the Village Vosne-Romanee 1999 Rene Engel. That rare time when Pinot gets it bang on. The Lynch-Bages was a textbook, safe, layered, an understated Bordeaux classic though Haisma whinged that it had brettanomyces. The Trevallon 2006 was brooding but had low level cork taint. The Allegrini “La Grola” 1997 was oxidised on the nose but a funky treat on the palate. And the 2005 Côte-Rotie “Rouge” by Duclaux was an utter baby. A monster of a wine. Well done to Hawksmoor. A noisy cauldron but the kitchen turned out some perfectly cooked cuts of beef. Not the toughest thing to cook but for 300 people, bravo. Very good indeed. Marina from Czech was also charming. #Hawksmoor#LynchBages#Pauillac#YarraYering#VosneRomanee#ReneEngel#Allegrini#Veneto#Valpolicella#CoteRotie#Syrah#Duclaux#Trevallon @dutchwino14 #LaGrola