Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? Those are questions you ask yourself when visiting Session Arts Club. Hidden away behind an unassuming red door, up an elevator and through the velvet curtain lies an artfully distressed former courthouse room. The interiors resemble a stunning run-down Tuscan villa complete with cracked walls, glorious columns, towering arched windows, fireplaces and beaten old rugs. Chef Florence Knight, artist Jonny Gent, and frontman Jon Spiteri have tag teamed to create something truly beautiful and a much-needed escape in London. Amid all the grandeur, a deceptively simple and seductive Brit-Mediterranean menu is on offer, with panisse aka chickpea flour chips, crab croquette, mackerel tomato and capers. It’s a place to bring your lover, your mother, your sister and your friends to one of London’s most spectacular new dining rooms. Order the panisse, eel potato, crème fraîche, and roe, squid with calamarata pasta and chocolate tart.
Old Sessions House, 24 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0NA