The assembled supplicants include many comedians of the old school, but the presence of the likes of Mark Thomas is testimony to his generation-spanning appeal. Then there’s his missing finger: even Allen’s son seems to have genuinely no idea how he lost it – the comedian delighted in spinning a new and outlandish yarn every time the subject came up. A fittingly mischievous coda to a tribute that’s simultaneously dry and affectionate. Just what he would have wanted…
This Shoreditch High Street spot is the east London outpost of the Barrio chain - a group with three bars specialising in cocktails, DJ sets, live music and food of a Mexican inflection. There's a Latin slant to much of the music, with special events, DJ nights and live sets welcoming all things samba, a few Cuban beats, homages to Mexico and nights given over to the tango. They get the odd (relatively) big-name DJ in, too. Cocktails prove big sellers - especially during the popular happy hours. Expect tequila, rum and cachaca to play lead roles in Brazilian ladys, pinata palomas, hand grenade highballs and the Barrio zombie - a sharing cocktail served in a porcelain lucha libre mask. Bites to eat include tacos, quesadillas, empanadas and nachos.