How many times have you walked up and down Piccadilly, fighting off hordes of tourists stuck in a limbo between Fortnum & Mason and The Wolseley? Probably as many times as I have... I bet you also rolled your eyes, only to stop once looking up, as if hypnotised by the sight of a haven of peace above street level. People holding champagne flutes and laughing, the faint distant hum of a jazz piano, something out of the Great Gatsby happening above your head - where is your Golden Ticket?
Good news: I put my super sleuth hat on and found out what this is all about. Until the 31st of August this year, Moët & Chandon have moved to the only outdoor terrace on Piccadilly, at Le Méridien to offer the most exquisite champagne cocktails. The space now occupied by The Terrace used to be a swimming pool in the 1930's and you can really feel the energy of great poolside fun out there.
Head to The Terrace Grill & Bar on a warm Summer night with a small group of friends, I guarantee a wonderful evening. Mine involved many shenanigans, but a lady never tells...
Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Méridien Piccadilly
My choice of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: with ginger and fresh mint.
Sit in a deck chair and sip champagne while observing a strange ballet of tourists going in and out of Waterstones
Remember to look up, the view is as good both ways
All photos taken with the Olympus Pen EP-5 with 17mm 1.8 lens.