The Folly


The Folly

London-City and East London

2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Based close to Monument, the Folly is something of a chameleon: deli and a restaurant (and florist?) by day, cocktail and champagne bar by night. Confused? So are we, but the result is surprisingly delightful.

This London establishment is as eclectic in terms of décor as it is in the services it offers – industrial yet country, botanical yet urban. With an open kitchen next to picnic-style tables for casual brunches and lunches upstairs, and a downstairs bar where couches and cosy two seaters as well as private vaults await, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to seating- unless you’re visiting on a Friday evening, when it is absolutely jam-packed with city workers wanting to let their hair down.

When it comes to the food and drink, the Folly again offers an eclectic mix. The restaurant fare is described by some as modern European, though we’re not sure that’s the best way to describing a menu including Thai coconut curry and Wagyu beef. However you choose to label it, one thing that’s certain is that the restaurant’s upmarket bistro style dining hits the spot and will encourage a second visit. The drinkers amongst us will also be pleased with the cocktail menu’s length and breadth: the so-called ‘skinny’ margaritas are almost as popular by night as the skinny lattes are by day. Their botanically themed drinks menu is full of drinks that sound as delicious as they taste – Field of Dreams and Jasmine Blossom, in particular, had us calculating whether we could make it in a flask for our next boozy picnic. The Folly’s expert bar staff are also on hand to create cocktails according to your taste and design – although we wouldn’t suggest asking for this at 6pm on a Friday. Instead book a cocktail masterclass and become a mixologist yourself!

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