Having worked two summers in the City of London for two summers, I always thought I was in the know when it came to Square Mile drinking hotspots. Turns out I was wrong. Tucked away down a sleek alleyway sits a cool watering hole called The Gallery, and I was intrigued to see what I had been missing out on.
If I had to describe the venue in two words, I would choose spacious and stylish. Spread across two floors, the exposed brick walls and ventilation ducts offer an industrial charm, glammed up by the presence of several low-hanging chandeliers, snug leather sofas and mahogany furnishings. Cool, cosy and professional, The Gallery fits perfectly within this district of London.
The Atmosphere & Clientele:
There was me thinking it would be a quiet Thursday night. Boy was I wrong - again. The Gallery was in full swing when I arrived, and the buzz of boozing bankers and lawyers gave off a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, which I definitely didn’t mind being a part of. From city workers enjoying a well-deserved drink and groups of friends catching up over wine, to several men having a pit-stop-pint before their journey home, The Gallery pulled in an array of people all looking for the same thing – a deliciously chilled evening beverage.
The Food & Drink:
What’s the one thing a girl needs when catching up with an old pal? A cocktail of course! Both of us fancied something sweet with a kick, so after scanning through their extensive cocktail list, we opted for the Red Rose – Absolut Vodka, raspberry purée, lemon juice and a dash of rose syrup. Ah, perfect! To accompany our tasty concoctions, we made headway though a Classic sharing platter: mini cheeseburgers, fish and chips, honey mustard cocktail sausages and giant (and I mean giant) potato wedges, with tartare sauce, sweet chilli dip and sour cream. Sounds like a lot? It was, but we finished it down to the last cocktail sausage and were most certainly stuffed.
Disappointed that I wasn’t aware of this hidden treasure when I worked nearby, I am very glad The Gallery and I are now acquainted. Serving up a delicious selection of drinks, tasty bar food and an atmosphere to match, it’s no wonder why this bar is such a popular spot for City workers.