With a copious amount of restaurants and bars opening every week in London, the pace is faster than ever. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind so sometimes I like to take a step back and appreciate a new space for its old sentiments. Coin Laundry, opening back in November gives plenty of food for thought – with history in the food and further back in its location.
Formerly an historical pub, the London Spa Tavern dated back to 1741 on the Exmouth Market. In 2001, the history was lost as the venue went through its millennial renaissance and became a Cottons Rum Shack. Now, the old alehouse’s new caretakers have restored some originality and made it a mix of truly charming history with equally hip modernisms.
The old wall tiles, externally and internally have been restored from the pubs original features, alongside wall art by Camille Walala and a Grace Jones illustrated portrait it makes the perfect juxtaposition. Exposed brick interiors make a marketable feature these days, Coin Laundry have adapted this trend with success too. The basement bar offers an after-dinner cocktail retreat with a difference, there’s a choice of board games to whirl the night away, think Connect 4, Kerplunk and even a pinball machine!
The menu is fun, showing 70s era staples along with treats Mum would make on a special occasion. We ate our way through the time warp, sharing everything so as not to miss out! To start, Steak Tartare and Mushroom Vol-Au-Vent. For main we ordered the menu stalwart, Chicken Kiev bought in to the modern day with hand foraged wild garlic and a ‘secret recipe’ bread crumb. To accompany, the Cauliflower Steak with blue cheese and nut. Intermittently supping our way through the cocktail menu, from sweet to bitter through to old classics, Advocat laced Snowballs and chocolate-y Grasshoppers put the 70s vibe in full swing.
We’ll be heading back soon, given the recent launch of the Coin Laundry brunch. Vamping up Mushroom Vol-Au-Vent with an Eggs Benedict twist and bottomless Bloody Mary’s its defo one to tick off the list.
Interiors to boot and food that gets you talking, Coin Laundry is in with the old and in with the new…