Perched on Farringdon Road, I love this place for its laid-back vibe, mid-century meets Scandi interior and tasty modern fare. Part of the Clerkenwell London group, 155 Bar & Kitchen gives the impression of a cosy design-led bolt hole. In fact, a nosey from the restaurant into the lounge throws up a much larger space to explore.
The vinyl lounge is a scene straight from Don Draper’s living room, with low lighting and expensive-looking vintage chairs making no bones – this is as much a showroom as a cocktail bar. In the small restaurant itself you’ll find only a few tables. It’s intimate and the soundtrack is a chilled mix of funk and soul, however, in the basement there lie a host of larger spaces, from lavish loos and a rustic-looking wine cellar to slick function rooms for private parties and exhibitions.
Vegetarian and vegan options?
Fairly scant, unfortunately. And honestly, there’s a lot of hide here. Sheepskins on the seats, leather lounge chairs and mid-century moo-rugs in the vinyl den. There are one or two dishes available and the staff are very accommodating but if you’re a strict vegan, I’d say head here for drinks rather than dins. The cocktails are excellent and the back bar, which sits behind a beautiful dark wood parquet bar front, is very well stocked.
Where to find 155 Bar & Kitchen?
155 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3AF
Words: Emily Beeson