Stumbling on The Collection was a real treat. Having never heard of it before, I didn't quite what to expect for my first staff night out
From the fab catwalk entrance, which set the tone perfectly, to the attentive staff, delicious food, great atmosphere and décor, it was a top notch venue.
Although it was quiet, it was a Tuesday night, so I'm sure it would be buzzing on a Fri/Sat.
During the week it is emmptty - I tell you!
At weekends it is so busy you can't move. Nice go-go dancer on pole with really perk bum and boobs at weekends. Decor looks like an explosion in a toilet roll factory. Bit of a meat market for all you lovely ladies, not so much for the cool dudes out there. (Unless you pull the fit pole dancer - that is).
You know, I really wanted to dislike this bar purely based on its postcode in the swanky, wanky part of town but I confess, I absolutely bloody loved it! Vast, open plan, dimly lit and an immaculately presented bar and restaurant, offering up some to-die-for minuscule prawn tempura washed down with Korbel champagne which went down oh so sweetly.
Straight from my beloved California, the Korbel Winery burst through the vineyard ranks in the 1880s. It was during this time that the Korbels sent for winemaker Frank Hasek in Prague to come to the United States to be their champagne master. Employing the time-honored French method of producing champagne, méthode champenoise, the Korbels quietly but aggressively experimented with cuvées. By the mid-1890s, the Korbels shipped their first California champagnes; my virginal experience last night was more than satisfactory.
A popular haunt for professional networking nights, rumour has it this franchise actually pays eligible professionals to glug champers and scoff sushi for free, well it certainly worked well for me last night! Not bragging yet contented inspirationjunkie. Off to rest my weary head...
We had a social afterwork here with around 15 20 people and it was really nice!
I really liked the place, the design is gorgeous, there are Dixon lamps all around (Im a big fan of all of them), the entrance corridor is quite funny as well, the staff is welcoming, music was good too!
I had a look at the menu and meet the chef the diner food looks really good, they do fresh bread (Wwow), import their product directly from Italy and I would love to taste their entire menu We had some lovely nibbles like mini burgers, chicken croquetas etc and everything was very very tasty!!
It seems to be expensive but looking at the quality of the food and the place I think it's worth it (if you can afford )
I'll definitely come back on a weekend night!
Came here with a group of work colleagues for an after work session and had a really nice time.
It was a bit quiet but I guess we arrived at 6. But very attentive staff, lovely sharing food and in the end very good value indeed for an evening for 15 people many of them meeting for the first time.
I guess it's busier at the weekends than week evenings.
This is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I have been to the Collection 4 times now, but 2 of those were private parties when the whole place was ours. These were the times I enjoyed it most.
Good location in Kensington, nice decor (stylish entrance, very high ceilings in the main bar area, dark wood and metal, giant screens...).
Cocktails are good (not cheap but then you would expect that) and the food is ok.
The bar is a little bit like a meat market, with beautiful people checking out beautiful people. Latest designerwear helps.
Mixed feelings about the staff - some are lovely, some forget they should actually serve customers...
Not my favourite place for a drink, but interesting for parties.
An upscale bar on the ground floor, and a restaurant on the top floor. Usually no issues with the doorstaff, although not uncommon for charges to be levied on male entrants.
The walk from the front door to the main bar area is a white runway that looks pretty cool. The decor inside is great as well (wood, big video screens showing fashionTV, etc)
The place can be annoying - it gets very packed, and then there usually is a scantily clad bar-appointed dancer who gets up on the bar and dances at set intervals, no matter what type of music is playing. Then she and the bartenders fling the string of lights back & forth...the whole experience is a bit weird for a bar where no one is dancing...anyway, the location is decent for heading on to other places, so definitely worth a drink.
Enter the Collection by walking down an 80 foot long catwalk into one of London's chic and trendy restaurants. The Collection is filled with young and well-dressed people looking to party and drop some serious loot doing it.
My personal experience at the Collection was for a large birthday dinner. My party of 16 was seated upstairs at a square-constructed table (4 to a side) - I've never seen this done at a restaurant in the US. The upstairs section is a large balcony which overlooks the main level's long bar and lounge area.
The staff was attentive to the group all night, most likely becuase of the group's size. We ordered from an £80 prix fixe menu. Let's not forget that this was when the pound was double the value of the dollar. Do the math and that's an $160 prix fixe meal. While this is definitely steep for a Yankee, we were celebrating a birthday and dropped the loot anyway.
I'm pleased to the say that the Collection did not disappoint. Everything from the drinks to appetizzers to dessert were delicious. While not exactly my personal taste, everyone who eats here has says the black cod is amazing. An added bonus was ordering a hookah to the table.
Walk down the catwalk that has been used for fashion runway shows and you'll find yourself inside this slightly-hidden South Ken venue.
I cam here last night for the Qype Social and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The staff were very friendly and made sure we were taken care of all night by offering new glasses, clearing tables and bringing over more tasty treats and wine/pitchers of water as our glasses and plates emptied.
For a Tuesday night The Collection was expectedly quiet, but I hear it picks up at the weekends.
And yes I did do a quick, not-so-discrete, strut down their catwalk on my way out! (Which I highly recommend it's not every night you get this chance!)
It's very rare that a Tuesday can give you a Friday feeling, isn't it?
Well, yes we had an after work social get together a welcome party for some of our new heroes and we couldn't have asked for a better place to do it. It was indeed a great great fun.
To start off, I loved it's entrance I found it quite fancy. The atmosphere was great inside. I'm non alcoholic so can't really say about the drinks but looking at the intake of red & white wine bottles by my team, I can say without a doubt that they were an absolute beauty ;)
I concentrated on the food and it was brill, especially those mini burgers. Liked the service as well, they were polite and prompt.
Definitely recommend. Would love to visit again!
the collection advertises itself as the place to be seen and share the scene with celebrities. no celebrities sightings on friday night. and i missed the notice about wearing clothes 2 sizes too small and caking on the make-up.
drinks are far better than the food which is far better than the service.
So much fun food was great service could have been better
This is a big modern place, where you can spend precious moments with family and friends. It's divided in different sections so you can choose where to go depending on your mood or style. I prefer the lounge as it's more casual than the restaurant. The food there is tasty and staff is nice. They have a plenty of platters so it's nice to have someone to share with. I recommend the chocolate selection there whatever you choose you won't be disappointed especially if you get the dark chocolate pyramid.
What is it with cool places turning into a wholes full of girls you can get probbaly even without paying for their company, if you are wearing a suit (of course you cn find even easier ones who will want a man to pay for the services provided:)...This used to be rather nice place and now itis just overpriced white meat trading placeMusic was also weird last time we had a dinner there..quite uncool place nowadays
My experience at this venue last night was great overall. Starting from the long catwalk you have to walk through to get to the entrance, to having the door opened for you & being offered to have your coat taken,everything is cleverly done to make sure you feel like you're actually a very important person, which is rather nice from time to time. The first good impression didn't stop there though. We were really well looked after all night and the food/canapes were particularly good. Never enjoyed mini beef burgers so much before! It's a pity the place was not a bit more lively as we were almost the only ones there. Having said that, it was a Tuesday!
Worst service of my life from start to finish! I made a reservation at The Collection for 8pm on a Saturday night. When we arrived, they had no reservation under my name. I had to show them my call log from my mobile to prove that I indeed reserved a table earlier in the week. Finally they obliged, but I should have known that this was only the beginning of a disastrous dinner. We ordered martinis, starters, and mains, but nothing over-complicated. Let's just say we sat down at 20:00 and didn't get our starters until after 21:30! There were 2 girls sitting next to us that had just sat down and the service was so bad that we warmed them, and sure enough, it took them ages just to get edamame. Once our main courses arrived, well over 2 hours later, it was hard to appreciate the food because we were so put off by the service. I would not recommend this place. While it does have a good ambiance, there are loads of places in London that actually understand that in the restaurant business - you need to have good service to survive. Very disappointed.
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