It’s the latest in a line of new venues to open in The City, encouraging us non-banking types to hang out in the financial centre of London. Last year Kanaloa transported some of the Mahiki magic from Kensington. And there was the recent launch of Proud Cabaret (from the founders of music venue Proud Camden).
The Anthologist bills itself as “an antidote to The City” and it certainly has a different look and feel to many City bars. The venue is huge and lets in plenty of natural light – perfect on a sunny spring evening. There are long wooden benches to sit on, meaning you’ll probably end up sharing with (and perhaps chatting to) strangers. I also loved the gothic-style candelabras on the benches.
The kitchen is open plan, so you can watch the chefs at work. If the canapés are anything to go by, the food is likely to be very tasty. We ate oversized chips, calamari, goats cheese and pesto on toast, and delicious brownies and cookies (which were still warm).
But the best thing about The Anthologist was discovering the VIP room downstairs. We were looking for the ladies, but found a private party room instead!
We were treated to fantastic poetry from Tamsin Kendrick, Inua “phaze” Ellams (Covent Garden’s Creative-in-Residence), Niall O’Sullivan and Tim Wells. I was particularly delighted to hear a poem about my favourite London bus, the 68! I don’t know if poetry will be a regular thing at The Anthologist, but I’d certainly go back to see more.
The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, EC2V