What they say:
Looking Glass Cocktail Club are no stranger to cool and quirky - with a secret bar hidden behind a giant mirror - and now the group is opening a sister site in a former iron factory. Iron Bloom has opened on Great Eastern Street and is a three-storey haven of British small plates and music. Open six days a week, the new space is inspired by its industrial past with cast iron pillars, unpolished wood and exposed brick. Coolest of all has got to be the suspended DJ booth which hovers over the restaurant in the old gated lift.
What we say:
Spread across three floors, Iron Bloom is putting a cool spin on casual dining with DJs, live music, and a mouth-watering menu. Inspired by the British Isles, the menu is a selection of small plates such as guineafowl pudding, lobster doughnuts and grilled bavette steak. Over the weekend, there is a great brunch offering; think lobster and potato hash, and eggs royale. The folks at Looking Glass Cocktail Club are in charge of the drinks menu and have created six specials for the new site; the Butterwashed Negroni (rosemary, white rum, Rinomato Aperitivo and Punt e Mis) looks like a winner.