We were one of the first media to experience the stunning new House 21 and the menu certainly lived up to the house’s indulgent past.
Here, you can embark on a sensational culinary journey to the tunes of London’s hottest DJ’s and on opening night, we were treated to the beats of DJ Fat Tony. The menu delights in the past and makes plenty of playful references to House 21’s most infamous guests.
We started with the crispy stuffed Nocellara Olives, which kicked off our culinary rollercoaster with a bang. Wonderfully savoury with just the right amount of crunch, the olives were an easy favourite and we were only just getting started. This was followed by the Grilled Octopus tostada, which was served with chilli peanut sauce and avocado offering a flavourful twist to the traditional Polpo Galicia.
The Crispy Oysters with fennel and lemon salad also delighted the senses, offering just the right balance of crunch, flavour and texture. We followed this with the Wagyu brisket sliders, which were wonderfully tender and flavourful. The Disco Fries with beef ragout, jalapenos and sour cream served as a hearty complement to the small plates but didn’t scrimp on the portions either.
The House Bar was inspired by House 21’s history as a former legation and draws on the freedom, liberation and self-indulgence and freedom that comes with travel. The cocktail menu reflects this joyful, uninhibited spirit through the creative and playful cocktails on offer. We recommend starting with the gin-based ‘The Socialite’ and ending with the whimsical ‘London Cuppa’, before heading upstairs to the lounge to dance away the evening, honouring the flamboyant, decadent parties that took place over a century ago on this hallowed place.