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Tunnel of love, cocktails and good food
Here in under-the-arches Vauxhall we have a 'Balans, eat your heart out' situation, with Hamburg-born Philip Reicherstorfer providing his adopted city with a gay-owned restaurant marked by not just a comfy, gay-friendly and gay-glitzy space but also proper cooking. Inspired by the likes of Amsterdam's Café George, New York's Cafeteria and London's Wolseley, with a nod to the maverick love-it-or-ignore-it Balans, Reicherstorfer has gone all out with an all-day brasserie occupying an entire railway arch that stretches from South Lambeth Place to South Lambeth Rd. The entrance at the latter end belongs to the cheekily-labelled BackCOUNTER lounge (open Thursday to Sunday 5pm until late), conceived as a more intimate and gay space, suitable for a pre-clubbing drink. In the long catwalk-like corridor that bridges the two sections you'll find a handsome cabinet of antiques for sale, care of Reicherstorfer's partner — an indicator of the intended clientele of this otherwise casual, welcoming but style-embracing establishment. Lovers of roomy booths and banquettes, fine coffee (Allpress) and classic and reinventd French, American and British dishes will find happiness here. There's also a much-hyped Sunday brunch (with afternoon live music), and the bar is a big thing too, with cocktails such as Pink Rose, Ring of Fire and, compatible with close neighbour the Hoist, the upcoming Vauxhall Sling. Located seconds from Vauxhall tube station.

Tags: Brasserie, Cocktail Bar, Lounge, Happy Hour, $$$ - Moderate, $$ - Standard, Gay-owned, American, French, Sunday Brunch, British, Live Music, Cabaret

Arch 50, 7–11 South Lambeth Place
London, England SW8 1SP

(203) 693-9600
Mon to Thu 7am—12.30am; Fri 7am—1.30am; Sat 9am—1.30am; Sun 9am—12.30am


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