Restaurant: The Doll's House.
Where is it: Upper Street, Islington.
Opened: February 2015.
The concept: From the team behind east London-based members’ house The Dead Doll's Club, The Doll's House spans three floors of a Victorian townhouse. Enter to the ground floor Parlour for drinking, live music and hearty roasts on a Sunday; head upstairs to the first floor where you’ll find The Library – a private boutique bar stocked with weird and wonderful premium spirits; The Drawing Room – a 30 dining or 60 standing room perfect for special celebrations; or, up to the top floor to find the members-only Ballroom. Turning London’s members’ club culture on its head, The Dolls House don’t ask for hefty pay-outs and snooty recommendations, but rather a “house warming gift” (one of their listed premium spirits to add to the bar).
Who to take: Take your other half midweek for a debaucherous date night, friends on a Sunday for roasts, and book out one of the private rooms for your next birthday celebration.
What to wear: Add heels to your working wardrobe if visiting midweek, keep it casual on a Sunday and dress to impress on Friday or Saturday nights.
We tried: Carpaccio of Venison to start (we shared between two to save room for main), followed by Slow Roast Belly of Welsh Lamb with all the trimmings and a behemoth of a Yorkshire pudding.
What we drank: The largest Bloody Mary we’ve ever seen. So large in fact that it’ll make you feel of dolls house-sized proportions.
Interiors: Each room has its own personality, from the hand-illustrated walls of The Parlour to the long banquet-style tables in The Drawing Room. The whole house is scattered with trinkets and vintage-inspire accessories, from crystal decanters to sweet tea lights. Copper-hued, mirrored tables on the ground floor make for great interiors envy too.
We hear that: Friday and Saturday nights in the Ballroom are pretty wild. Fill in a membership form and book ahead for your next big birthday or special celebration.
The small print: The ‘deconstructed’ key lime pie failed to impress. Served up in a (painfully) on-trend mason jar it was a faff to eat and quite acidic. Other than that, we’ll definitely be going back.