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Jarida la Kusafiri #7 - Valentine's Day

As Valentines is here, here at Muratina we have come up with a list of places in London to go and cocktails to try whether your single or taking your significant other somewhere special.

Thatched House

Ripple Rd, Barking IG11 9PG

Thatched House is a nice place to visit if you've never tried 'Nyama Choma' (BBQ meat) with kachumbari (salad). It's an East African cuisine with a pub atmosphere, and turns into a night club if the drinks are going down well!

What to tell the Bartender?

Air Mail


  • 60ml golden rum

  • 15ml lime juice

  • 1 tsp. honey

  • 150ml champagne

To prepare; mix rum, lime juice, and honey thoroughly with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then pour unstrained into a Collins glass. Fill with champagne. (We recommend using Captain Morgan rum.)

Excel London

Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL

This venue has a great view and a spacious environment, perfect if you are looking for an open setting. There are a few places to visit on the day as it's usually busy so there'll always be something to do!

What to tell the Bartender?



  • 45ml brandy

  • 45ml Whisky

  • 45ml Cointreau

  • 120ml - 180ml Champagne

To prepare; combine the brandy, whisky, and Cointreau in a glass. Top off with room-temperature champagne.

Taj Hotel

54 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1E 6AF

If your looking for delicious Indian food at a fantastic venue this te place to be. Here you also have other varieties as well such as Japanese, and has great scenery within the venue. As it's a hotel we thought we'd recommend something a little more as a cocktail...

What to tell the Bartender

Champagne punch


  • Champagne

  • 45ml brandy

  • 45ml. Cointreau

  • 1 bottle of soda water

  • 1 orange rind

  • Pineapple slices

  • Orange slices

To prepare; deposit the ingredients and a berg of ice in a punch bowl. Decorate with sliced fresh pineapple and orange and plenty of fresh mints. Crushed fresh strawberries add a gala touch, plus some flavour

Murano Restaurant

20 Queen St, Mayfair, London W1J 5PP

If you want to spoil the significant other, this is a great location to enjoy great Italian. Here you're offered a retractable curtain and a window to gain a view into the kitchen. They also offer wine tasting as part of your meal!

What to tell the Bartender



  • 2 parts Prosecco (close enough)

  • 1 part fresh white peach purée

To prepare; pour Prosecco into a champagne glass. Top with peach purée.

The Halfway House

521 Garratt Ln, Earlsfield, London SW18 4SR

If you're looking for a cosy drink and bite to eat, this is a great place to enjoy a classic British cuisine. If your group or significant other are into sports this is available and you can also enjoy one of their signature burgers.

What to tell the bartender

Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon

  • 1 1/2 oz. absinthe

  • 4 oz. brut champagne

To prepare; pour absinthe into a champagne flute and add iced brut champagne until it clouds up (at least 4 ounces).

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