BARFLY: Clapham’s Lost Society

Lost Society

697 Wandsworth Road

SW8 3JF

Phone: 0207 652 6526

Dark and decadent the Lost Society serves up fine food, luxurious cocktails and even a spot of burlesque in speakeasy style surroundings.

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The Drinks

Walk past the bar downstairs and you’ll notice a full crew of mixologists working their magic; they mean business and the cocktails reflect this. I resist the temptation to try a classic cocktail and try one of the signature house tipples. Even on a miserably cold, wet London evening, the iced raspberry, vanilla and vodka concoction warms the cockles. The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc at £19 a bottle is reasonably priced and good quality.

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The Food

The oriental plate of spring rolls, prawn wantons and mussels with hoi sin and sweet chilli sauce is a delicious sharing option. The fillet steak (£19.50) with green beans and topped with crispy shallot and honey whisky sauce is plated up in impressive MasterChef style and tastes equally good. My dining companion highly complimented the Swordfish (£16.50). The lemon posset dessert (£5.50) is a divine tangy, smooth mix, somewhere between a brulee and a lemon tart, while the very generous cheese platter of local cheeses from Neal’s Yard (£6) is rustic country chic, presented on a wooden cheese board with grapes and quince paste.

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The space

With dark embossed wallpaper, chandeliers, ornate mirrors and furniture, the Lost Society is a delightful spot for candlelight dining. A pianist playing old time tunes summons a Charlie Chaplin silent movie feel, while the Dita Von Teese inspired girl performing a burlesque strip show in the middle of the lounge adds a risqué element to the evening. To find out just far this performance you’ll have to see for yourself. I saw the stockings come off but the suspenders and lingerie were still in tact when I retreated to our cosy candelit dining room! With flawless hospitable service we were left to enjoy our meals and cocktails, while also bid farewell with a shot of homemade Irish cream.

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