Since 2004 it’s been Floridita, Terence Conran’s take on the famous bar in Havana of the same name, and has been massively successful. It's a must-see destination for tourists and Latin-music-loving locals.
The site is now owned by D&D – the group which took over Conran's restaurants and is now behind premier league restaurants such as Quaglino’s, Plateau and Skylon, to name a few. The site is also now home to Carom, their Indian version of their very Mayfair-like styling.
To fully embrace the arrival of sunshine in the capital, there is a pop-up summer garden at Carom Soho, complete with flower garlands, native Indian plant life, coloured throws, bamboos, you name it. The Northerner thought we’d stumbled into the head chef’s wedding reception.
The Indian snacks, beers and cocktails went down a treat when we were there, as did the New World wines.
We only dropped by for a visit, and were suitably impressed enough to make a mental note to try the full dining experience sometime. We might even take in a cabaret act at Floridita’s nightclub, to fully celebrate the night.
Who knows? With a bit of luck, Carom might add to 100 Wardour Street’s fame.