Art, Food and Beer at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel
Last Wednesday evening I headed to the Park Plaza Victoria to check out the launch of the hotels artist-in-residence programme; a collaboration with the Independent Art School to create a unique experience for hotel guests. The hotel is hosting six up and coming visual artists who will create their artwork in the lobby, bar and various other public areas throughout September/October 2012.
The second artist-in-residence was Mandy Eugeniou who was doing her thing on Wednesday 26 September, however, unfortunately she had knocked by the time I arrived… which was a pity. Never-the-less I was impressed by the various contemporary artworks which were already adorning the walls of the lobby, bar and restaurant of the hotel.
Four more aspiring artists have still to complete their residency at the hotel – see below. For exact times contact the hotel directly. The finished works will be exhibited throughout the hotel.
Olga Skavysh // Residency: 4-5 October, 6-7 October
Helen Wilson // Residency: 14-16 October
Graham Litchfield // Residency: 18-20 October
Monica Chrysostomou // Residency: 26-27 October, 31 October-1 November
During my, or I should say our, I was with my girl… we got a chance to eat in the hotels very stylish and comfortable restaurant, JB’s. The restaurant specialises in contemporary and classic European cuisine.
I kicked things off with pint of Spitfire, a fantastic real ale. It is refreshing to see a hotel offering a quality English ale such as Spitfire… it really is!
To begin the meal we were served a nice selection of breads… eaten before I remembered to take a picture.
For a starter I chose the smoked salmon, which was good. The girl had the grilled mackerel which was exceptionally good – this had my mouth watering from across the table.
We both had the Char-grilled Bannockburn sirloin steak as a main course. Can’t fault the steaks at all, they were nice and tasty.
Desert… even though I’m on my ‘Get Fit Quest’ I couldn’t resist having the Great British cheese selection, washed down with a pot of exceptionally good green tea. The girl had the Honeycomb and Caramel Cheese cake, which once again had my mouth watering from across the table, it was rather sweet, and rather delicious!
Service was friendly, efficient and polite, just the way I like it… JB’s is a restaurant I wouldn’t hesitate to return to for a meal, or even a few drinks in the bar if I was in the area. The total cost of the meal including drinks was around £100.
Park Plaza Victoria is located in a great location, it is a short walk from the train station and many of London’s top tourist attractions. It looks and feels like a quality hotel to stay in.
Just in case you didn’t know the Victoria area is currently undergoing a £2 billion revamp, it is going to become one of the London’s most happening areas…
Park Plaza Victoria London
239 Vauxhall Bridge Road
T: 020 7769 9999