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    Wednesday, 5 August 2015


    Okay so I'm going to be honest here. I meant to publish this post about three months ago, but juggling posts with a full time career, I sort of got sidetracked.

    So I apologise. Tom and I actually stumbled upon the House of Peroni one Saturday afternoon in May and I thought: 'I have to put this on my blog and tell everyone to go' and then I sort of didn't and now the House of Peroni is closed.

    Bad blogger. BUT I just found out that the House of Peroni are back with a new opening this summer so all is right in the world again.....
    I'm sure most people will be familiar with the beer Peroni. It's one of Italy's finest exports (if I do say so myself). But did you know they have a whole creative hub in charge of putting on events to showcase and celebrate Italian culture: the 'House of Peroni'.

    This particular pop-up, The 'La Piazza', saw Peroni take over the Boiler Room on Brick Lane and convert it into an Italian garden filled with food, music and the all-important, Peroni beer.
    Teaming up with world-famous molecular mixologist Simone Caporale, of The Artesian, the House of Peroni created a cocktail menu which focused on beer as the base ingredient. 

    Sounds kind of gross but I can vouch for the 'Peroni Negeroni' (think a lighter version using beer instead of gin) and we were told the 'Stolen Berries' (peroni poured over raspberry and lychee sorbet) was a best seller.
    I'm only a recent beer convert but Peroni and Moretti are hands down my favourites. I don't know what it is those Italians do in the brewing, but they've got me sold. 

     Tom and I decided to keep things classic with the Nastro Azzurro Alta bottle - a 750ml sharing bottle of Peroni which came with its own wine chiller.
    Taking a walk around the installation, there was so much to take in. From the hands-on mixology workshops and dining experiences to Italian film screenings and an Italian market selling Sicilian ingredients. A beautiful artwork in the form of the 'Luminarie De Cagna bar' made up of hundreds of multi-coloured bulbs, and a Rebecca Louise Law's floral decorations were also on show.
    We had such a fun, impromptu afternoon - even if you don't like beer, a House of Peroni event is definitely worth a visit. There's so much to see and do, and you really feel like you've been transported out of London for a few hours.
    Like I said, the La Piazza residency is sadly now closed BUT you can enjoy the House of Peroni experience this summer with the opening of L'Osservatario at Battersea's Bunga Bunga. With the same promise of Italian culture and beer, I can hardly wait to get down there! 

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