JuJu has been called the crème de la crème of Chelsea, the jewel in the crown of the King’s Road bar scene, and has won the title’s Best Late Night Bar, Best Mixology and Best Bar at The London Club and Bar Awards. And now it has a Portico Place label too, so it’s pretty much the only place to be in Chelsea, right? Donning my dancing shoes, I went to find out why this cocktail bar is such a hit with the Made in Chelsea crowd…
Located on the famous King’s Road, JuJu is about a 15 minute stroll from Sloane Square Tube, just down the road from The Bluebird Chelsea. The bar gets busy later on in the evening – around 9ish - so we headed just before to enjoy nibbles and a few cocktails. We thought it would be relatively quiet on a week night, but the place was packed with trendy twenty somethings and a few recognisable faces from the acting world… A suited and booted waiter later told us that London Film Festival were using the space for their after party, and the place is actually a bit of a celebrity hotspot. We subtly got our camera phones out and kept one eye on the door, keeping our fingers crossed for Leonardo, or maybe Tom Hardy (with beard).
The look of the place suits the glamorous crowd perfectly: glitzy and stylish with sociable leather booths and mood lighting. We took a seat in a quieter corner and got scanning the menu.
I’d heard on the grapevine that Juju cocktails are pretty darn good, so we went with our waiter’s recommendation and started with a Chelsea Dagger and a Passionate Lady. Deciding it best to pair our cocktails with food, we also ordered a few sharing (very reasonably priced) plates in the form of cured meats, mozzarella and a pita bread board, halloumi and sun dried tomato skewers, sweet potato fries and some chicken skewers with BBQ and sweet chilli dips.
Our drinks came quickly, created by expert mixologists and served with a smile. The Chelsea Dagger was light and refreshing, a fruity mix of Elderflower liquor, apple juice and demerara sugar, and the Passionate Lady was just as delicious, made with fresh passion fruit puree, Tanqueray gin and fresh lemon juice.
Food - and lots of it - arrived shortly afterwards. Everything was fresh, flavoursome and beautifully presented, and the sweet potato fries are some of the best I’ve tasted (and trust me I’ve tasted my fair share). The halloumi skewers are also a must-try, and a brilliant pairing with a cold glass of dry Rosé.
Juju’s resident DJ started playing a mix of funky house and commercial tracks from 10pm, so we finished off our drinks and ended a fantastic night with some slightly wobbly dancing. We’ll definitely be back, but next time on the weekend rather than a school night!
Commplimentary entry for the cardholder and 2 guests, priority on table reservations, plus 15% off all orders Tuesday-Friday 6pm - 10pm.
To get your own free Portico Places card, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address and we will send a card out to you.