Permanently moored-up on the banks of the Thames, alongside Victoria Embankment and with views of the London Eye, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, the good ship R.S. Hispaniola is a floating spot for drinks and food. There are special events, too.
The food offering ranges from seasonal a la cartes and bar menus to Sunday roasts, set menus and afternoon teas. The cocktail list includes cucumber martinis, a lavender fizz and a Tennessee Lemonade - Jack Daniels, Chambord, lemonade, lime and gomme syrup.
The global wine list - slanted toward the old world - offers 22 bottles by the glass, with 14 of those also available by the carafe.
Paying homage to 'They’re Real', Benefit’s best-selling mascara, Lashitude at the upper deck is a restaurant packed with glitz and glamour. Providing a la carte dining for lunch and dinner and accommodating both small and large groups, Lashitude on the upper deck won't disappoint. Feast on an array of San Francisco-themed delights and finish off with a cocktail or two in the bar. All while gazing out over the incredible views of London, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Benefit has been magically transforming brows since 1976, and with 2016 being Year of the Brow we couldn't not bring some of that brow magic to the Good Ship Benefit. Enjoy afternoon tea in our 'brow lounge' with your besties, all finished off with a glass of bubbles.
Located on the river Thames, two minutes' walk from Embankment Tube station and with spectacular views across the river.
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I enjoy makeup and am a fan of Benefit's in particular for a number of reasons, firstly in my eyes some of their products are second to none with likes of Roller Lash, Brow Zings and Rockateur all being staple items of my everyday makeup bag. As well as their product offering I love their use of fun, vintage glamour branding and quite importantly what they stand for as a company often promoting positive mantras such as "Laughter is the best cosmetic" and their Bold Is Beautiful campaign supporting Look Good Feel Better UK and Refuge charities.
So as you can imagine I was eager to get on board when I heard of the Good Ship Benefit (R.S. Hispaniola)! It was an obvious suggestion when deciding where to go to meet a friend after work, luckily she was just as up for it as I was. So we booked in for the a la carte dinner, seated in the Lashitude on the upper deck.
Good Ship Benefit is a vision, she definitely did not disappoint, I wouldn’t expect anything less than beautiful from Benefit. It was a Wednesday evening in May and the table was booked for 6:30pm, we found our way easily enough and got there for this time, greeted by a friendly (albeit very deliberately on-brand and premeditated) “Hey Gorgeous” by the girl hosting on reception, we asked if we could have a little look round before dining and she was very happy and accommodating for us to do so. We explored some of what the ship had to offer, admiring the Pinkton Parlour (a suitably pink cocktail bar) complete with pink grand piano and large figure of “Gabbi” the Benefit mascot, we had a laugh playing with the photo booth and props before deciding it was time to heading up to dine.
We were greeted again this time by a polite gentleman who offered us a lovely table for two by the window with views of the London Eye, we ordered a bottle of Citta Dei Ponti, Pinot Grigio before looking at the menu. We both opted for a Cajun chicken burger with fries, I have just looked up the menu to refresh my memory but it appears to be no longer offered, I’m not sure whether the whole menu has changed this might be a monthly update perhaps, but anyway I know we both really enjoyed it nevertheless – plus must’ve been quite filling and neither of us fancied dessert, most unusually! One thing worth noting, as it’s not something that hadn’t really occurred to me until we were sat down was the sway of the ship (no it was not the effects of the Pinot!) – it wasn’t enough to be a problem, but did take some getting used to. Lots of girly gossiping and another bottle of wine later we ordered our bill and looked up our train times which left us with a little more time for exploration, I loved that Charing Cross was just a stone’s throw away! With that we headed out on to the Hoola Deck which surprise, surprise was also completely pink. A couple asked for a photo in front of the London Eye, of course we obliged and in return they did the same for us.
It wasn’t as busy as I thought it may be, but as I say it was midweek which probably explains it. We didn’t go as far as the Benefit Boutique, The Brow Lounge or the POREfessional Vault so cannot comment of them - but still all the more reason to return! We had a thoroughly lovely evening, I’d really recommend it – but ladies leave the fella’s at home, this is one to grab the girlfriend(s) for!