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6 reasons to visit the new Vivi Restaurant and Bar in London

If the 60s were your decade of choice, you like quality bevs and fancy a new joint to visit, right in the middle of London, then the new Vivi Restaurant and Bar at Centre Point is for you.

Complete with flair bartending, an all-day menu and a quality range of decor, the new venue – by the folks who brought us the famed London Skygarden – offers up a fresh new six reasons to pay it a visit. And then keep coming back.

  1. The dining room

Open from brekkie to brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, head chef Arnaud Delannay will be pumping out signature dishes that focus on bold flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients.

He’s kind of made a name for himself by turning out twists on the old classics such as Keen’s twice baked cheddar soufflé; chicken kiev and mash; and duck à l’orange and all the desserts you need.

2. The bar

Vivi has really made its mark with the whole nostalgic thing. By working with a drinks menu that celebrates old school bartending with imaginative, quality cocktails, they’ve carved a niche out for themselves that really hits the mark when it comes to justi what you need.

Drinks like Wild Honey on the Beach of Bulleit rye whiskey, pimento dram, lemon thyme infused honey, lemon and The Beach Boys, The Weeping Guitar of gin mare, Italicus rosolio di Bergamotto, cucumber, elderflower, lime, tonic water, everything they make is quality.

3. The gallery

This is where Vivi-goers comes to people watch, gawk, relax, see and be seen and just generally chill with views over New Oxford Street.

It’s a chilled out spot of Vivi that suits visitors who’re after a light bite or a coffee and a pastry as they take time for themselves, work, or whatever. It serves food and the usual, too.

4. The lounge

The lounge at Vivi is where you go to do just that.

Open from 8am, start the day as you mean to go on with fresh juices, smoothies, power shakes and superfood shots; alongside freshly brewed coffee from the barista station and one of VIVI’s breakfast bowls. As day becomes night, it becomes the Liquid Lounge, transforming the space into an afternoon tea location with the best of England: fruit scones, finger sandwiches and Victoria sponge as well as 60s classics such as Battenberg and chocolate éclairs with vegan and gluten-free teas

5. Stylish interiors

Vivi is incredibly stylish and made so by the likes of designers Gordon Young Architects Ltd. It’s art deco, dog tooth patterning, polished wooden panelling, original listed 1960s floor tiles, soft gold finishes, optical art and upholstery in tones of rich teal blue and delicate blush pink bring texture and a pop of colour to the space.

It’s basically friggin’ stunning.

6. They do private dining

Parties, gatherings, Sunday sessions; whatever, Vivi has it covered. It can accommodate private bookings and events for groups large or small. For a special dinner, book one of VIVI’s two beautiful semi-private dining spaces, separated from the main restaurant by stylish copper chain mail curtains and complete with statement low-hanging lighting.

Find Vivi at Centre Point, 11 St Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP.

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