If you like to get the party started early come Saturday, then the Piano Works is the place for you.
This joyful bar likes to eat, drink and be merry and repeat from brunch until the early hours of the morning. Housed in an old Victorian warehouse, people can come and go throughout the day for either a boozy brunch, just drinks and nibbles during the day or a sit down three-course meal in the evening. All you need do is pop in your request for music and enjoy cocktails and food a plentiful.
A huge fan of brunch, I headed down to Farringdon, London, to sample the delights of their latest offering of free-flowing Prosecco brunch on Saturdays. Normally brimming with those working in the financial sector during the week, it was the hip and trendy music and party lovers that made up the crowds in this area.
Walking into the 400-seater venue, I felt I had been transported from day to night in a flash. Already, (it was 2 pm), a guitarist, pianist and trumpeter had the crowds cheering to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’. It was quite the buzz and the mood incredibly uplifting.
It’s the large stage where different musicians perform which centres itself in this vast amount space in the darkened and dimly-lit room. Tables of two and more for group parties surrounds it, giving off the feeling that everyone is involved and provides an instant atmosphere.
I was surprised how busy it was when Mel and I arrived and took our seats on a high-stooled table. Still, the service was fast and pacy with a smile. The brunch options include a meal and your choice of either Prosecco or Bloody Mary’s for two hours. Within minutes of arriving, our waitress cracked opened a bottle of Prosecco for us while we mulled over the menu. And it didn’t disappoint.
The menu is full of traditional breakfast offerings with a twist. The Full Works, Eggs Royale, and Full Veggie Breakfast were all good hearty meals to soak up that Prosecco. But it was the Bombay Omelette with its spice promise that tantalised my taste buds. It was so great, I’ve been trying to recreate the same at home ever since.
Waist watchers can tuck into lighter options such as smashed avocado on sourdough toast, or Greek yoghurt with wildflower honey, seasonal berries and granola. They can then dance the day away to the music even scribbling out song requests on napkins which are happily received by the musicians.
For those wanting to get into the party spirit and dance the day away, the Piano Works’ private drinking areas are the perfect place to take full advantage of the bottomless drinking options whilst enjoying a more casual brunch like the Cajun Back Bacon Bap. And the hardy adventurous types can customise their drinks to their own taste buds with the DIY Bloody Mary box. Now that is how to get a really good party starting.
Where and How?
Piano Works, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX www.pianoworks.bar
Bottomless Prosecco (£15pp), Bottomless Bloody Mary (£20pp), and DIY Bloody Mary box (£120).