VIVI Afternoon Tea

When you visit London, either you have a list of updated places to visit, or you ask the locals. There are SO many new places opening up within a short amount of time. VIVI Restaurant and Bar by rhubarb has opened its doors at Centre Point. From the pink, navy and gold interiors to a creative menu and cocktail list of delicious seasonal 60s inspired theme, the creative team behind Sky Garden brings London’s newest, stylish modern dining destination with a sixties revival. VIVI, as 66 in roman numbers, is a nod to the year Center Point was born in 1966.

Vivi Bar

This elliptical Vivi bar is bedecked with metallic tiling and a gold top, custom-built to catch the light which floods in through the
restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows by day.

Set in central London’s most central location, the interior, designed by Gordon Young Architects Ltd captures every essence of the era that saw one of London’s tallest skyscrapers built. A modern colourway is paired with art deco dog tooth patterning, with polished wooden panelling offset by original listed 1960s floortiles along The Gallery and the Liquid Lounge. Celebrating the playfulness of the time, a focal point is a statement chandelier suspended over The Dining Room.

Designed and hand-built by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt specifically for the space, the plexiglass chandelier – adorned with brass fittings – mimics the popular 60s children’s construction toy, ‘PlayPlax’ and is reminiscent of 1960s Italian design, French Art Nouveau and German Bauhaus modernism.

 

The Vivi Bar creates some really cool and cute cocktails, apart from inspired by the sixties, they definitely have instagram on the mind while designing it. Inspired by the music and history of the VIVI era, such as the Wild Honey on the Beach (Bulleit Rye whiskey, Pimento Dram, lemon thyme-infused honey, lemon), a homage to The Beach Boys, and The Weeping Guitar (Gin Mare, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, cucumber, elderflower, lime, tonic water), a toast to The Beatles are just a few on the illustrative menu.

My cocktail with cotton candy that can be mixed with the drink.

 

The Dining Room menu is nostalgic with a modern twist, serving modern brasserie food from lunch to dinner to pre/post theatre menu, a very versatile restaurant and bar. Head Chef Josh Dixon uses fresh seasonal ingredients featuring twists on the old classics such as Keen’s twice baked cheddar soufflé; Chicken Kiev and mash; and Duck à l’orange. Retro desserts like Black Forest gateaux; sherry trifle; apple and rhubarb crumble are also popular among diners.  Not as adventurours, I stick to some classics like Salmon, cauliflower cheese croquettes, I tried their burger as main and it was very nice. The menu has now changed and it looks even better!


From Tuesday to Sunday they also offer afternoon tea at a very reasonable price with vegan and gluten-friendly options too!

I went on a weekday for lunch and it was quite quiet. It was a beautiful day so in London, whenever the sun comes out, people prefer to dine outdoors, as not a lot of indoor has air-con, and it’s much nicer to sit outside. If you visit London next time, put it on your list and make a visit, just not Mondays as they are closed.

Enjoy a weekend bottomless brunch or an afternoon tea, bring your family as kids under 12 eats for free with one full-paying adult from now until 9thSept. The interior, the food and drinks are surely going to set your Instagram on fire. The best part? it’s only 4 mins walk from Tottenham Court Road station and bang in central of central London. You cannot miss this place.