The Temperance Society

  The Temperance Society is a newly-opened wine bar in Summer Hill. It’s quickly become one of my favourite places to hang out – when I can get in that is! It is very popular with the locals and has received a lot of publicity in a short time, so Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights find it packed. 

The wine list provides a tantalizing selection of wines and cocktails inspired by the local area, and I am eager to try more of them. So far I’ve had a lovely Italian prosecco, a crisp rosé, the spiced cider and a delicious cocktail called Little Myrtle, made with St Germain and home-made lemon myrtle liqueur. 

Little Myrtle cocktail

They also have a good selection of craft beers and rum-laced hot chocolate, perfect for warming up on a cold Winters evening. 
The bar snacks include free popcorn,  a generous cheese platter for two (or one very greedy cheese-lover), bread and dips, rabbit and pistachio terrine and toasties.

The cheese platter

There are a number of seating areas, but my favourite is the upstairs library,  decorated with comfy leather sofas, wingback armchairs and a large library with an eclectic selection of books. 


The Library

The service is also very friendly. Coming back downstairs the other night to order a second round of drinks, I was greated like a long-lost friend by the barman. This is one of many reasons I will keep coming back.

Bar Car Nights at the NYBG Holiday Train Show

The annual New York Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Train show is a delight for both children and an architecture junky like me. Over 150 scaled historic, iconic New York buildings and bridges are recreated by Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination with stunning detail in leaves, twigs, nuts and bark, set amongst the tropical landscape of the Enid Haupt Conservatory.


It’s really quite magical. This year for the first time, I attended one of the Bar Car Nights – strictly adults only! Continue reading