If you like a bloody marys for a weekend brunch, then ME London hotel offers you probably the finest way to create your perfect tipple.
On top of the stylish ME London Radio Rooftop Bar has an admirable spot overlooking the river. In fact it’s directly in front of Somerset House—you can see right into its courtyard. Look beyond that and you can see the river, Waterloo Bridge and the Southbank Centre.
Try and get a seat on the terrace, but know that reservations are essential in all weather; even if it’s raining, the awning will shelter you. The terrace itself has tables and sofas both open and under cover.
But the view is only half its story. There are many places around London serving brunch, but surely this is the only one where you can mix your own Bloody Mary—a mainstay for any of these weekend indulgent imbibitions.
Cheekily dubbed ‘Do it your bloody self, Mary’, you’ll be guided to the special counter where you can first of all choose the base ingredients. Thought that a Bloody Mary started with vodka and tomato juice? Think again. Try vodka, gin or tequila as your base then for juice there’s tomato, young tomato—a lighter, green alternative—and clamato, a mix of tomato and clam broth.
Then the fun starts. With a sturdy half-pint silver tankard, you’re invited to mix myriad flavours, spices, sauces and garnishes for that perfect mix. There’s a selection including the expected celery salt, horseradish and black pepper to the unexpected; smoked paprika, pickled eggs, smoked bacon and a mysterious bottle labelled ‘Asian spices’.
Of course there’s also the food menu at Radio Rooftop Bar. This is a luxury take on standard breakfast classics. You can begin with nibbles of smoked salmon on French toast, then tuck into mains of ox cheek Benedict, huevos benedictos with pata negra and truffled hollandaise, and a rich duck egg on asparagus. To end, try the dish of French toast with mixed berries.
Room for more? Then why not head to the Bloody Mary counter again. It is the weekend, after all.