Wet Your Whistle: Grand Union

I’m a sucker for a strongly-themed bar, and Grand Union in Wandsworth offers exactly that.

With clashing floral walls and neon signs pretty much everywhere, this bar is the perfect location for a girls’ night out. The best part is the garden, where you will find an array of open beach huts decorated in the similarly kitsch style, fires to keep you warm during these colder months, and swings at the bar. Note: do not swing when drunk, because you will hurt yourself. See below.

This isn’t the cheapest bar or even the most unique, but what I love is that it has a great vibe. The eclectic decor makes it great fodder for Instagram (I won’t pretend that that isn’t a factor because we all know it is), and you can always find somewhere to sit with your gal pals. I went with a friend on a Friday night and the bar was pretty quiet – I don’t know if this is a good or a bad sign – but everyone was chatty and we had a great time exploring the large space. They have a great soundtrack and some tasty classic cocktails, which is all I need for a good night.

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