And lo, the Garden of Eden didn’t work out quite as well as planned.
Now the Lord God hath planted a second garden in Marylebone; and lo, this time it shall hath a cool hideout bar, and there shalt also be cocktails and stuff. And lo, this one shall be a pop up. Just in case.
Welcome to God’s Garden. It’s brought to us from the guys behind Chameleon and Amazing Grace (who seem to have quite the knack for making churches a lot more boozy) and they’ve claimed it’s here for a limited amount of time, although it’s not clear precisely when they intend to shut up shop. Maybe never, let’s hope.
This oasis is set within the holy courtyard of One Marylebone Church (where you’ll also find Chameleon), just a stone’s throw away from Great Portland Street Station. By night, you’ll recognise it by the indigo hues that light up the Grade I listed Georgian church, and the gold twinkling fairy lights that pop up from behind the florist that sits beside it, and draw you in.
Follow the light, and you’ll pass through a rather pretty, quaint little greenhouse draped with vines and peeping blush pink roses. In the blink of an eye, you’ll be inside what is two large stretch tents decked out with red Persian rugs, oak garden tables, and plenty of warm glowing lights. Fear not, it is not cold. The whole place is kept toasty with flame heaters, and there is even a stone fire pit on a raised deck surrounded by a pure white Lutyens garden bench and upholstered tub chairs. Take a minute to look up here and you’ll see One Marylebone Church gazing down on you.
At the back of this surprisingly large space, you’ll find the oak panelled bar where the all-important cocktails reside – the prosecco hibiscus royale is first-rate, and they’re planning on serving up some glorious-sounding mulled Whispering Angel. Beside that bar there’s also a teeny little open kitchen, where Taqueria La Cantina are serving up a whole load of plant-based and meat tacos and sharing sides.
But God’s Garden plans to grace us with even more. They’re also set to put on a bunch of creative activities and events, a weekly highlight being the Saturday Après Ski Brunch Party and Sunday Feast with live music.
And since there is a rather out-of-place addition to our winter season this year, they’ll also be screening some of the World Cup on big screens, so you don’t have to miss out on that either.
Isn’t that just divine.
NOTE: God’s Garden is now open from Wednesday – Sunday for the winter season. You can make a reservation right here.
God’s Garden | 1 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 4AQ
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