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Blade Soho: SEEN goes hairclubbing

Forget the clichéd atmosphere of (some) traditional hairdressers and embrace the friendly ambience of Blade Soho, where you can not only get your cut, colour or consultation from one of the friendly team but you can have a drink at the tiny downstairs bar – very much the domain of Stroo, master of the revels and connoisseur of unusual and quality whiskies, many of which adorn the shelves behind him.

Blade and Sand

His partner Julia is the head hairdresser and together they have created something unique in London: hairclubbing. Bring your friends, have a drink, listen to the music and enjoy a consultation with your stylist. SEEN was soon very comfortable indeed sampling a delicious peaty whiskey from Scotland and then one from Kentucky with an eye-catching pink top and the unlikely brand name of ‘Fifty Shades of Pink’. But don’t be put off the kitsch name, it’s a smooth wee dram, so it is. At Stroo’s suggestion, I also sampled a lovely biodynamic lager, so unlike the drink you usually get in pubs that it seemed like a totally different beverage altogether. It had a lovely fresh nose and the fizziness was an entirely natural side-effect of the fermentation process, rather than carbon dioxide added at the last point in the process.

Cold Brew Negroni

While SEEN drank, we had a chat with Julia, who trained as a hairdresser in her native Sweden, following in her own mother’s footsteps. Julia’s early memories were of her home being filled with women having their hair done, chatting and drinking tea. It sounded a wonderfully convivial atmosphere and one that Julia and Stroo have recreated in Soho. Stroo is a most knowledgeable host. Alcohol in all its alchemical guises is his passion and that is very beguiling.

Gyokuro Margarita

SEEN was just thinking that she could have stayed there all night drinking and chatting, when she looked at the time and realised she’d done just that, so we made our farewells and disappeared into the warm London night, glowing with happiness. It’s easily one of the best nights out we’ve had in a while and judging by the happy clients getting their hair done upstairs, they’d agree. SEEN will certainly be back for a cut and a colour, not to say a whiskey or two. Outstanding.

STOP PRESS! Stroo has unveiled a new roster of fabulous summer cocktails. Check them out… from sweet to sour, bitter to smokey, there really is something for everyone:
Blade Seventy-Five (Empress 1908 Indigo Gin, Perlugo Zero Verdicchio Spumante, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, lavender bitters, freeze-dried cherry)
Vegan Organic Amaretto Sour (Walcher Biostilla Amaretto Deluxe Organic, Four Roses Single Barrel, fresh lemon juice, organic aquafaba, aromatic bitters, Maraschino cherries)
The Kramer (Sacred Organic vodka, De Kuyper Triple Sec, organic pure pressed cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, orange bitters, Luxardo Maraschino, flamed orange twist)
Earl Grey Mar-tea-ni (Teapigs Earl Grey-infused Nikka Coffey Gin, De Kuyper Triple Sec, freshly brewed Teapigs Earl Grey tea, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, Abbott’s bitters, star anise and dried blood orange slice)
Gyokuro Margarita (Patron Reposado Tequila, De Kuyper Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, lavender bitters, ginger & grapefruit bitters, Himalayan pink salt, Gyokuro green tea ice, dried pineapple slice)
Blade & Sand (Clynelish 14 Single Malt, Ardbeg Uigeadail SIngle Malt, Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, De Kuyper XO Cherry Brandy, fresh orange juice, Abbott’s bitters, Maraschino cherry)
IPA Elder Bomb (Harviestoun American-Style Craft IPA, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur)
Cold-Brew Negroni (Meinl Sidamo Ethiopian Arabica cold-brewed Campari, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, Nikka Coffey Gin, orange twist)
Blondeshell (Oatly Barista oat milk, Rittenhouse 100 Proof Rye, Organic Amaretto, maple syrup, Himalayan pink salt, vanilla and black walnut bitters)

Blade Soho
26 Frith Street

Header picture: Amaretto Sour