Troubadour Wines Earls Court
Earls Court is rife with fabulous places to get yourself a cocktail or an ice cold beer on tap, but sometimes I find myself looking for a slightly more refined experience.
I am by no means an expert when it comes to choosing a fine drinking wine although I have been known to consume with gusto whenever given the opportunity taste something really special… I like the help that comes in restaurants and often accost the nearest waiter or sommelier and pester him/her with the silliest questions in order to satisfy my wine wish list.
‘Will it taste like fairies with white flowers are dancing on my tongue?’ or ‘Is it oaky like a lumberjack has just finished sawing down a copse or does it have more of a French polish finish?’
So enthusiastic am I that I either become a wine expert’s best friend or worst nightmare, which is why I am so lucky to have Troubadour Wines slap bang in the middle of Earls Court!
The shop is always manned with an on site expert who is happy to field even the most ridiculous queries and make sure you find what you’re looking for. They do specialise in Argentinian wines and have been awarded ‘Best Argentinean Wine Retailer of the Year’ for their high quality wines from the region.
But don’t think this limits your choice, Troubadour Wines stocks some gems for anyone with a healthy curiosity for a slightly different vintage. Wines from India, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Lebanon all adorn the shelves here. However, if you just fancy a good old fashioned bottle of French they have you covered here too.
Also, if you want to have a quiet glass on the premises but don’t want to wade into the hustle and bustle of the cafe next door then just nip downstairs to the tranquil wine bar with your bottle of choice and enjoy.
How very civilised!Troubadour Wines 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court SW5 9JA
020 7341 6341
Sabai Leela Health Spa Earls Court
Why is living in Earls Court so convenient? Because in addition to all the expected shops and services that exist within minutes of my front door, there are also a couple that shuttle this little pocket of West London into a whole new arena of accommodating.
One such gem is Sabai Leela, a high-end but very traditional Thai Massage and Health Spa. They stay open until 9pm each night. This means that you can put in a full day of work and still have time to calmly make your way to a deliciously relaxing 8pm massage appointment. And that’s the point isn’t it? Relax! Which, as it turns out, is exactly what Sabai Leela means.
There are other treatments on offer as well; facials, mani-pedis, acupuncture, reflexology and if you think you need it you can have a free osteopathic consultation to boot.
The decor is clean and calming, all straight lines, slate and candles. When you arrive you are shown to a private changing room where you are given a robe and slippers which you wear for the duration of your stay. Tranquility is all around you as you enter from water features gently bubbling in the corner to low lighting and soft atonal music sound tracking the whole experience.
Round off your treatment with some of the most amazing tea that has ever passed your lips. I can’t tell you what it’s called as the box was a veritable maze of squiggly Thai writing but I can say that even at a gasp inducing £29, I still bought some.
Now, sit back and relax…Sabai Leela 282 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9HR 020 7373 7763 Mon-Fri: 12-9pm Sat/Sun: 10-9pm
Wimbledon at The Pembroke
Although you may not have noticed, summer fast approaches, I promise. And this means a plethora of excellent events and activities on offer here in Earls Court.
There’ll be picnics and garden parties and street festivals, but I’ll come to all that later. A summer staple of course, and just down the way, is Wimbledon. But unless you want to stand in line for several hours or shell out well over £2000 for the privilege of attending in person you’ll have to watch it at home. Or will you?
One of my favourite local pubs, The Pembroke, has decided to play host for all those important games, sets and matches by revving up their big screens on the mezzanine floor.
Unlike watching sports at so many other London pubs, which can be thoroughly dingy affairs, The Pembroke has a wonderful upstairs gallery with fantastically high ceilings and gigantic windows that wrap around the entirety of two sides of the room. The other sides house an upstairs bar and direct access to a roof terrace… I hope you’re catching the summery drift here.
So, think summer, wide open windows, Pimms, Champagne, strawberries and a full table service all set to the gentle ‘pop’ and ‘whoosh’ of ball hitting racket as Andy Murray makes his way to the final.
Book your table now!
Speak to Angus MacPherson or Lee Cayford on 020 7373 8337The Pembroke 261 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9JA 020 7373 8337 Mon-Sun: 12pm-12am
Hard Feelings – Finborough Theatre
Stuck for something to do this weekend? Why not stay local and hit up West London’s most acclaimed fringe theatre nestled right here in the centre of Earls Court.
You haven’t been you say? You didn’t know it was there? Pffft!
The Finborough Theatre is located just above the Finborough Arms on, you guessed it, Finborough Road. You can have some lovely pre-theatre pizza and craft beer in the pub below and then sample one of the many productions that pass across the theatre’s well trod boards.
Artistic Director, Niel McPherson, doesn’t mess around when it comes to unearthing raw new talent whilst simultaneously championing those great writers who have been overlooked in the glut of popular 19th &20th century work. It is under his charge that the theatre has won so many awards including Stage 100’s Fringe Theatre of the Year.
You have until July 6th to catch the latest production, ‘Hard Feelings’ (synopsis below), a play that was first staged at the Oxford Playhouse in 1982, before transferring to the Bush Theatre in 1983, directed by Mike Bradwell. It was later broadcast as a BBC Play for Today.
“Brixton, April 1981, and tensions mount. In the safety of their home a group of Oxford University Graduates barely notice what’s happening on the streets outside as police and rioters clash, shops are looted and buildings set on fire. In both worlds there is a fight for rights… a fight for respect…a fight for control. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will make the strongest cocktail? And when the dust finally settles the question remains… Will things ever change?”Hard Feelings 11 June – 6 July 2013 Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from the second week of the run). Ticket Prices for Weeks One and Two (11 June – 23 June 2013) – Tickets £14, £10 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats. Previews (11 and 12 June) £10 all seats. £6 tickets for under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only. £10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday of the run only. Ticket Prices for Weeks Three and Four (25 June – 6 July) – Tickets £16, £12 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. The Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road, Earls Court, SW10 9ED
0844 847 1652
Rocco – Restaurant & Salumeria
I was terribly sad when Langhan’s finally closed its doors. An Earls Court fixture for almost thirty years the French brasserie seemed a hard act to follow even though diners had been steadily dwindling for years.
The site, nestled neatly under art deco residential blocks on the Old Brompton Road, is well over 3,000 square feet and when Rocco took over the plot in 2012 they certainly made the most of the light and space. With exposed brickwork, wooden beams and concrete floor it comes over as a thoroughly modern experience.
The food, however, is traditional Northern Italian and there’s not a pizza in sight. The menu focuses on the heavier pasta, ravioli and tortellini, all full in flavor and served often with a light sage and butter sauce so that you can really taste the fillings, which are delicious. All breads, pasta and desserts are made fresh daily on site.
The real gem here though is the salumeria. A salumeria in Earls Court! Connecting the restaurant to a small delicatessen on the left hand side of the eatery is a heavy steel bar where you can sit and sample the delights of Rocco’s charcuterie board. All sliced to order, as thinly or thickly as you like this is some of the best Proscuitto, Salami and Braesiola this side of Milan.
Treat yourself to a glass of Prossecco and charcuterie board when you’re not in the mood for a full dinner. Bellisimo!Rocco
254-260 Old Brompton Road , Earls Court
London, SW5 9HR
(0)2072592599 Mon-Sun 10am-12M