Bar FoxThursday 28 Jun 2018 4:48 pm

Find yourself endlessly searching for cool places to eat, drink and be merry? Relax – weve got your back.

Every week well bring you our tried-and-tested, hottest selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, street food hot spots and generally fun places to hangout across the weekend (and who are we kidding, way beyond – Mondays are always way better with a margarita!)

Well bring you a big fat, fresh Bar Fox every Thursday – but if we discover anything ridiculously awesome at any other time, youll get the emergency update.

Where to drink? Chill out in a hidden tropical rum cocktail terrace

Diplomatico Palm Terrace at the Bloomsbury Club Bar

Bar Fox: A hidden rum terrace, London's best tacos and a detox-retox yoga vodka brunch
The Diplomatico terrace at the Bloomsbury Hotel, where you can enjoy free Daquiri slushies while you wait for your cocktails.

Move over Frozé…this summers ultimate icy cooler is the Daiquiri slushie, being served on-tap at the newly launched tropical Diplomatico rum Palm Terrace at the swanky Bloomsbury Hotel, tucked away 2 minutes from Tottenham Court Road.

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The terrace has been transformed into a jungle-like oasis of calm, serving free (yes you read that right) iced Daiquiris on arrival while you choose your cocktail…the theme is tropical and theyve gone all out with the Mango Botucal (Diplomatico Mantuano, mango, Amber Picon and Fernet Branca) or Terepaima Sunset (Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, pimento, guava, coconut, pineapple and passion fruit shrub) and a classy twist on a rum and coke with the Ron y Cola…using a reduction of cola and vanilla syrup topped up with Prosecco…lush!

Soak up all the rum-fun with Latin-inspired bar snacks including addictive yucca chips and aioli, spiced beef empañadas and scallop ceviche.

Each Saturday, DJ Sam Frankl will be spinning some Latin Bossa beats for their late brunch session from 1 – 5pm until the end of August.

16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, thebloomsburyclub.com

Where to eat? Tacos, margaritas and more in London Bridge

Santa Remedio mexican restaurant in Tooley Street, London Bridge
Santa Remedio Mexican restaurant in Tooley Street, London Bridge

While were on a Latino tip, if you like tacos (who doesnt like tacos) you need to visit Santa Remedio on Tooley Street, SE1.

Their tacos are super authentic, with handmade maize tortillas and house salsa that tastes like its straight out of Mexico City.

Choose from pulled pork, soft-shell crab, pork belly, beef barbacoa or crispy potato tacos – and if youre lucky, maybe the slow-cooked beef shin that was a special on the day we went in.

If you still have room for more, get the barbecued chuletas (lamb chops), the tasty little tuna tostadas, blue corn quesadillas (hello instagrammable blue food) and the prawn aguachile – and dont be afraid to try the guacamole with grasshoppers. And churros for pudding. No one ever said that Bar Fox doesnt eat enough.

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Its authentic Mexican, its super friendly, does superb margaritas and has a cute tequila and mezcal bar upstairs where you can drink cocktails and eat tacos til late.

Also, heads up: theres a Mexican brunch coming soon on Sundays. Margaritas for breakfast, you say? Watch this space for more info on a launch date.

152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU, santaremedio.co.uk

What to do? Healthy hedonism fun this Canada Day with a yoga session and Bloody Caesar cocktail masterclass brunch

Lululemon yoga and Crystal Head vodka brunch session at the Coral Rooms

Crystal Head vodka brunch
Crystal Head vodka brunch

Struggling to balance the retox/detox? The guys at the peachy insta-porn style Coral Rooms have got you covered… theyre running a yoga class followed by a Bloody Caesar cocktail masterclass (thats a Canadian style Bloody Mary to you and me) and maple syrup laced brunch this Sunday 1 July with skull vodka Crystal Head.

For only £20 you can get flexie then master your cocktail skills with bar manager Giovanni Spezziga wholl share his mixology tips. After all that work you can kick back with fresh pastries, buttermilk pancakes served with Canadian back and maple syrup or go healthy with blueberries and lemon curd.

A DJ is booked to play Canadian classics old and new…were thinking Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams and Bieber!!

16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, thecoralroom.co.uk. Book tickets here.

GOT YOUR OWN INSIDER TIPS?

The new Temper Covent Garden. The burrata pizza is insane. Also: beef fat ravioli, crumble prawns, which were delish and all the pizzas. Had the octopus but it wasnt as good, so I wouldnt get again. – FY

The newly opened Japan House on Kensington High Street is unbelievably exquisite and if youre interested in all things design, Japanese or just simply beautiful, you have to go. Products curated from around Japan are set out in a spacious room on the ground floor. The restaurant upstairs has stunning, stunning sushi and a lovely sake menu, including a very good aged sake and some light sparkling options. Its genuinely show-stopping stuff. Prices are high though – £40 for lunch bento box means Ill be going less than I would hope for. – DF

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