Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The Gin Den at Bistrotheque followed by a reggae party



Last week I went to Bistrotheque to a party to celebrate their newly decorated bar which was designed by House of Hackney and sponsored by Bombay Sapphire gin.  I'm rather partial to a bit of Bombay Sapphire.

House of Hackney are an interiors and lifestyle brand described as "Colefax and Fowler on acid".  Run by partners Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle, they're based in a house in London Fields almost entirely decorated in their own creations.  The company makes wallpaper, fabric, and a huge range of matching furnishings sourced from the best of British manufacturers.  There are three collections so far - 

Hackney Empire


Dalston Rose

and Queen Bee


The Gin Den has Hackney Empire wallpaper described as "Luxury wallpaper featuring a carnival of animals amidst animalistic debauchery in a riot of colour featuring a midnight blue background"


A conversation seat in Hackney Empire fabric

The new lights with red background Hackney Empire print give it a bordello feel

Bombay Sapphire lamps

There were lots of different Bombay Sapphire cocktails


Alice Urquart and Bistrotheque co-owner David Waddington


I popped upstairs to the restaurant to see my friends Hazel, Pablo Flack, Jean Marc Masala and Sophie Damann.  Hazel's wearing a Giles dress from SS11.  


Dinner looks good!


They're serving pork buns downstairs

It was a warm evening so it was good to be outside


Here's Kirstie Fleck from House of Hackney wearing a silk dress in Hackney Empire print on a red background.  I saw lots of people I know, I remembered to take a few snaps


Writer Rocky Casale


Alice Urquart wearing a gorgeous leather jacket by Maia Norman's label Mother of Pearl


I like the back although I hadn't realised it was a gorilla strangling a parrot


I love these two - stylist Maddy Ostile and actress Jaime Winstone


The always fabulous Princess Julia who was DJing


This leopard print Beetle was parked outside as I got in my cab.  I was being good so I went home.

I'd been back a couple of minutes when my great friend Gina Gorman rang saying she was in the area and coming to get me.  Her boyfriend Chris is the music business and there was a little party going on.  I hadn't seen Gina for a while so it was lovely to see her.  She was cracking up about where she was taking me...


She took me to the Shacklewell Arms a pub I'd only driven past before

It's under new management but the decor hasn't changed for donkey's years.  How mad is this?  It's like going back in time or something.  I forgot to take a picture so I pinched this from the internet.  There was a few people having a drink in the bar and there was a reggae do in the back.  Oddly we couldn't hear a thing

It looked like this from where I was standing

You can see a bit better with the flash on but it was really busy in there and totally unexpected

It's Steve Mason from the Beta Band and reggae legend, musician Dennis Bovell who also produced loads of bands including Madness, The Slits and Orange Juice.

It was really good in there

Then they asked us up to the dressing room for a drink.  That's the lovely Gina on the right


Gina and I got a snap of the hospitality.  I love the smiley face candles on the cake!


I now have a little collection of Bombay Sapphire glasses in my kitchen cupboard courtesy of David

Thanks for a great night everyone xxx

I hope I can stay in and catch up with everyone tomorrow, it's supposed to be raining here.  I mowed my lawn this evening, I know I keep mentioning it but it's still only the fourth time I've ever done it.  I made a right pig's ear of it, I was just getting to the last bit and I swerved to miss some flowers and managed to cut through the damn lead!  My new neighbours were eating dinner in the garden while I swore over the hedge.  There's a six foot long bit at the front which looks really stupid.  Oh well, I'll be more careful next time.   At least most of the grass will get watered.

Have a lovely day xxx


80 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

I love the Bombay Sapphire gin. I hang the bottles from my bottle tree which keeps the evil spirits away.
You know what I love about these picture-stories you post? They remind me of the old hippie days when all that mattered was how crazy-good-talented-mad you were.
Love you, Christina. You know that, too.
Mary

Misfits Vintage said...

Another fabulous night! What were you WEARING darling? Princess Julia looks AMAZING and you're right - that dinner does look good!

Oh no! Can you have the lead repaired??? Take a pic of your lawn for us!

Sarah xxx

Helga! said...

O,man,good times!!! YAY for Bombay,one of my faves!
That Jamie Winstine's a cutie,just liek her dad.
XXX

Vix said...

Dear Christina, That looks brilliant, what fabulous wallpaper, a stunning light fitting and I adore Bombay Sapphire gin. Princess Julia looks amazing, as always.
Jon still wears his Beta Band teeshirt, it's a right old rag these days.
I'm not allowed near our lawn mower or else I know I'd probably do the asme as you.
I'm off to The Big Chill in a bit, hopefully we cath catch up next week when I get back.
Love you! x

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What a fabulous evening I love the GIn Den and the Decor its amazing .. I also rather like the style of the girl in the red dress with the black socks...just checked Kristie Fleck I adore her dress and love the little black boots or socks and shoes with it,, Billy Piper wore something similar to the races and the papers slated her I though she looked cool xx

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I love the Hackney Empire wallpaper, is it available to buy and does it come in other patterns do you know? Another quiet night for you then Christina x

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That wallpaper is gorgeous - and I want the parrot jacket and leopard print Beetle!

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The Gin Den looks fabulous! If it were closer to my shores, I would definitely put it on the "to do" list. For now, it will remain on the wishlist instead ;)

I have never seen a leopard print car before! Amazing.

I'm off... craving a G & T!

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Hi my dear-the Gin Den looks amazing, the wallpaper is so eclectic and stylish. I love Alices leather jacket too cool indeed. Sorry to hear about the lawnmower, its peeing down at the moment, so your garden should get a good soaking!!

Young at Heart said...

gorgeous wall paper...I wallpapered my hall big silver roses on a black background...I managed it myself cos it's only a small wall but there was a fair bit of swearing... but it's been there a few years now so was thinking of a change I shall investigate house of hackney.....the delightful Steve Mason was responsible for my flying visit to Glastonbury and backstage camping pass at Latitude last year...gorgeous voice!!xx

Alison Cross said...

Hello lovely - that fabric/wallpaper is to DIE for! The whole night sounds like a blast.

V partial to a small Bombay Sapphire myself. I also like Hendricks with cucumber and tonic....

My garden is utterly neglected. I *must* apply myself.

And at least you TRIED to be good and go home early!

Ali xxxx

Caroline, No. said...

Love that you went home and got taken straight back out.

I've been to a party at that place, there is a weird and wonderful indoor fountain as well. And we spilt a whole pint all over the snooker table. Eek.

Fabulosity from you as usual. Hope you're good! xx

Mrs. Exeter said...

I simply don't know how you do it! I've been carted home exhausted at the first fence! Love 'Colefax & Fowler on acid' what a great concept and so many of your friends looking wonderful and so happy. Badly need a leopard print car!

Keep this up, dear Christina! You go out so I don't have to LOL!

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I love your nights out! I read your blog all the time but never comment. Helena XX

YvonneSedition said...

Ha ha, the Shacklewell Arms is mad, isn't it? I do love a drop of gin myself and as for the Hackney Empire wallpaper/fabric, it's amazing. They love gin here in Barcelona too, I'm happy to say. I'll have to do a post on the Gin Corner bar and shop.

Alex said...

I don't dare mow the lawn. My gardening duties are strictly limited to watering the plants and occasionally pruning (only when supervised, as I'm likely to kill perfectly good plants)

The party looks fab! I was about to say that I love Alice's leather jacket but the back has slightly creeped me out. It's beautiful from the front though.

I'm going to put in an official request for more outfit photos of YOU! What did you wear to it?

Bourbon&Pearls said...

The Gin Den is the best name ever for a drinking den, I have serious lust for those blue gin bottles, I don't really like gin but I buy them for the colour - quelle fashion victim!

Theo Theroux said...

I want the leopard mini, that bizarre gorilla strangling a parrot top & some of those prints, they are are divine.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I love the animal print paper.

I love you MORE though. I drank gin and tonics all through vacation. They tasted so good in the heat.

I think I forgot to tell you, but we went to Cincinnati to see Paul McCartney over vacation. Like you, I prefer John and George, but it was a good show. He played for three hours. There were three ladies from Essex there. He presented them on-stage. That's a long way to go to see a concert. Bless them.

SB

Belle de Ville said...

I hope that you are on vacation and far away from all the rioting.
xx

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Jon still athletics his Try out Team teeshirt, it's a right old rag these days.
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Ah Christina I am glad you are alright. I wasn't sure how close it got to your area - there were pictures of groups of residents standing up to and scaring off the gangs in Dalston but I wasn't sure how serious it was.

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