With an August heatwave forecast, now is the time to don your rose-tinted spectacles and enjoy a glass of refreshing rosé.
Anticipating a flurry of interest in the delicate, blush-tinted wines, the UK’s first Rosé Festival took place in July at the Geffrye Museum (the museum of the home) in East London. If that tickles you pink, you might be interested in living near one of Belgravia’s best wine bars.
The Hari Hotel, 20 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HQ (www.thehari.com)
Carefully co-ordinated to look like a long-established gentleman’s club, The Hari’s bar serves a selection of rosé wines. Cool cocktails, moreish mocktails and bubbly can be enjoyed in the garden of this new kid on the block. If you want to be within walking distance, look no further than this charming house in Eccleston Mews. For £2.95m, this two-bedroom property has planning permission for a full basement excavation.
Motcombs, 26 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JU (https://motcombs.co.uk/)
This restaurant, brasserie and bar has a chic clientele. The lively bar boasts a tempting list of summery tipples, including a number of fine rosé wines and a pastel pink champagne. Perfect to round off a day’s shopping in the city. This grand stucco-fronted house in discreet Halkin Place is just around the corner. It has seven bedrooms and is on the market for £12.95m.
The Alfred Tennyson, 10 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LA (http://thealfredtennyson.co.uk/)
The ground floor bar at the Alfred Tennyson is complemented by the popular upstairs dining room. Both are elegant spaces with extensive wine lists and food from weekend brunch to fine dining. Close by is this property in pretty Kinnerton Street. It has two bedrooms and is on the market for £2.95m.
The Library Bar, The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA (www.lanesborough.com/eng/restaurant-bars/the-library-bar/)
Step away from the hustle and bustle of Hyde Park Corner and into the Lanesborough Hotel. Here you will find the air instantly calming. Head through the hushed portals to the Library Bar and sink into one of the club chairs, relax and read the extensive wine list. For this to be your local, you could consider this two-bedroom apartment in Upper Belgrave Street, on the market for £3.5m.
The Ebury, 139 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QU (www.eburyrestaurant.co.uk)
This friendly restaurant and wine bar on Ebury Street offers an adventurous wine list. There’s plenty of interesting drinks and the peckish can pick from the bar menu or go the full à la carte. The wine bar is cosy and inviting – so you might want to live nearby. Here’s an attractive two-bedroom maisonette on Elizabeth Street. It’s on the market for £1.785m.
The Fine Cheese Company, 17 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB (www.finecheese.co.uk/blog/new-the-fine-cheese-co-shop-opens-in-belgravia-london/)
This lovely artisan cheese shop doesn’t only sell cheese to go. You can choose to eat in, or at the pavement or terrace tables. It also serves charcuterie and appetisers, as well as sweet treats. But the platters deserve fine wines and this establishment has a “Wine Wall” – 100 bottles to choose from. If you want to live nearby, you will be spoilt for choice as the Henry & James office is almost opposite. There is a one-bedroom flat in William Mews on the market for £1.295m.
Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar, Knightsbridge Dining, 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ (www.harveynichols.com/restaurant/knightsbridge-dining/bar/)
What could be more Ab Fab than a glass of something nicely chilled at the top of Harvey Nic’s? But while you are up on the fifth floor, don’t miss the extensive wine shop. Here, if you love a rosé, there are 26 to choose from, ranging from the palest pink to the heaviest blush. And this property couldn’t be more convenient. It is a two-bedroom lateral apartment in an absolutely fabulous period building. It’s available to rent for £1,700 a week.