You’d be hard pushed to call the first part of Charlie Brooker’s returning series a comedy. In fact, ‘Be Right Back’ is often downright sad. Martha (Hayley Atwell, giving a career-best performance in a demanding role) is stuck in an isolated countryside cottage, mourning the loss of her partner, Ash (Domhnall Gleeson) – a guy she loved deeply in spite of his irritating obsession with Twitter. Then the opportunity arises to reconstruct his personality through his online history of emails, tweets, Facebook updates et al. Initially appalled, Martha’s resolve starts to crumble as her loneliness intensifies, before some unexpected news forces her hand…
Even if, as with some of the first series of ‘Black Mirror’, the denouement can’t quite live up to the restless invention and plausible clairvoyance of what’s gone before, this is still high-calibre television bursting with ideas and emotional engagement.
The name of this swanky cocktail bar at the St Martin's Lane Hotel seems about right. It's a low-lit, intimate little spot almost hidden from the hotel's lobby – blink and you'll miss it. Access is through a concealed door behind the hotel's tea counter, and tea features across the cocktail list. Signatures include a gin, peach and bergamot smash (Beefeater gin, peach liqueur, Earl Grey tea and fresh mint), a Scotch, coconut and green tea old fashioned, and a negroni infused with pine needle tea. Classics range from house martinis and manhattans to a cognac sazerac made with Hennessy Fine de Cognac and La Fee absinthe. And to eat? Expect Asian-influenced bar snacks such as Thai chilli crackers, crispy chilli beef sliders, chicken satay skewers and hirata steamed buns filled with pork belly, pickled vegetables and Asian herbs.
Venue says: “Introducing a limited edition cocktail, the Dark Rum Blinder, to celebrate the exciting Dark Rum collection from our partners Malin + Goetz.”