London doesn’t seem to be getting the memo that it is indeed SPRING! But thankfully Mayfair’s Hush have got the message loud and clear, and to celebrate they’ve recently opened up their courtyard to welcome the warmer (ahem) weather.
If you haven’t been before, you’ll find Hush located just round the corner from Bond Street, but on a really secluded little courtyard so you’re as far from the Oxford Circus crush as can be.
We arrived on Good Friday – during the biblical rain. However despite the drenching, we couldn’t help but be impressed by this pretty secret garden. The entrance is a beautiful floral arch which leads into a covered (thank god) space filled with more hanging flowers and branches overhead. Vintage ornaments and terrariums are dotted about and astroturf is underfoot. Prepare to see it all over your Insta.
As you might have guessed, to go with the new space there’s a brand spanking new food & cocktail menu as well.
The cocktails have been created by in-house mixologist William Solorzano, all of which are made using London Gin No.1. Ol’ William hasn’t been scared of the booze it seems and despite their beautiful appearance, these fellas pack a seriously boozy punch. The Clover Club is probably the sweetest (and tamest), incorporating the gin with lemon, raspberry sugar syrup, egg white and Campari. We started with the Cool as a Cucumber – a long drink with plenty of ice, swirling green ribbons, topped up with mint and elderflower. We’d advise leaving the No.1 Negroni and the Orange Sunshine (with sherry and vermouth) for dessert if you want to make it home in one piece.
Meanwhile the food is also in bloom, with edible flowers galore. We started with the courgette flowers (you’ll get two) which came in a tasty batter and were served with a little pot of red pepper and almond romesco for dipping. Next up came the ultra-decadent Cacio Pepe Tortellini, which literally translates as cheese & pepper. It’s one of our all-time favourite sauces and if you can handle how rich it is, you’ll love it. We’re not a big fan of Turkish delight so skipped the Turkish Delight Sundae but if the perfume-y treat is up your street you can expect raspberry sorbet, pistachio dust and plenty of chocolate sauce.
All we need to do now it seems, is wait for those April showers to finally pass.