Croquetas Challenge 2016: we won!

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It was a hot and humid evening on Tuesday 6 September, but that did not deter the 14 restaurants and 60 guests who had all gathered to sample and judge the dozen, uniquely delicious fried morsels. We were incredibly excited to win with Head Chef Yahir Gonzalez’s black seafood with alioli croquetas!

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Sunday Fitness Brunch

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Coinciding with the Summer Street’s Health & Lifestyle week celebrations,  from July 10th to August 7th, aqua nueva will be joining forces with a range of incredible guest trainers for our Fitness Brunch Series.  See below for class details.

Tickets are £39 for a class followed by a choice of four dishes from our signature Sombremesa brunch menu and a glass of cava. You will also be able to enjoy a private view of a luxe sportswear brand including Every Second Counts or Tiny Fish.

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Meet The Team – Nico Peratinos

Nico PeratinosIn the latest of our Meet The Team features, we catch up over a cocktail with Nicholas (Nico) Peratinos, bars manager for aqua London.

Hi Nico! Tell us a little about your role at aqua London, and what it involves?

I am currently the Bars manager at Aqua London, meaning I’m responsible for all the bars, so aqua spirit, aqua nueva and both the Kyoto and nueva terraces. My role involves creating cocktail menus and bespoke cocktails for events, and running the operation from rota planning to financial forecasting.

How did you first get into hospitality? Have you always worked in this industry?

I could say I have been in hospitality since I was a child, because my parents owned a couple of restaurants on the island of Corfu in Greece. I never thought I would make it my career but it happened and I am really glad about it. People often see hospitality as something to fill the time until they find what they really want to do, but I think they’re wrong there because hospitality can open so many doors for you. I really enjoy what I do because there are so many different aspects to the job.

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Easter Weekend at aqua london

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The long break over the Easter weekend is always a great opportunity to take it easy, catch up with friends and family and eat mountains of chocolate without feeling (too) guilty. But you’ll be wanting to get out of the house at some point, so you’ll be pleased to know that we’re open all weekend with a variety of treats to tempt you.

From Friday 18th March until Easter Monday 28th inclusive, we’re serving our exclusive Easterical Easter cocktail in the bar. A delicious blend of dark rum, banana liqueur, white and dark chocolate liqueur and almond milk, it’s all the best bits of a box of chocs in a glass…with a kick!

On Good Friday and Easter Saturday, aqua Kyoto, aqua nueva and aqua spirit are all open as usual (except for a slightly earlier 10.30pm close on Good Friday) serving their regular menus. Then on Easter Sunday and Monday, we’re open from midday through until 10.30pm. Read more +

Valentine’s at aqua london

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aqua london is dedicating an entire weekend to our tribute to love with tantalising tastes across both aqua nueva and aqua Kyoto.

Head Chef Alberto Hernandez’s labour of love is a four-course feast of Spanish delicacies with dishes including Seared scallops with black ink rice parcels and ‘San Sebastian’ style crab, Matured rib eye Galician beef with confit piquillos and potato gratin and a delicate Valentines cake made from Champagne mousse with edible gold almonds and raspberries.  Available in aqua nueva on both Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of February, you can enjoy a romantic four-course meal with complementary glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne for £80 per person. Read more +

Pick the perfect present – an aqua gift voucher!

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Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift, especially for the man or woman who has everything. We think we might just have the answer though – a gift voucher for aqua nueva or aqua kyoto!

Treat the gourmet in your life to a voucher – available in multiples of £50 to spend in either restaurant. Vouchers can be used in full or part payment of any final bill; £150 for aqua kyoto would comfortably cover our famous Infinity Brunch for two people, or if Spanish food’s their thing, how about £100 so they can enjoy Sobremesa Sunday in aqua nueva?

Celebrating something special? Then why not delight them with a gift voucher for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne? This popular option is a great gift solution; who doesn’t love hearing the pop of a Champagne cork and sipping on an ice-cold flute of fizz, in the gorgeous surroundings of one of our bars?

All gift vouchers come beautifully packaged in a chic gift wallet which can be sent to the buyer or directly to the lucky recipient – or, for those last-minute gifts, you can choose to print the voucher yourself. It takes a few seconds but the memory will last much, much longer!

Click here to purchase an aqua kyoto gift voucher

Click here to purchase an aqua nueva gift voucher

Don’t drop when you shop – rest up at aqua!

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Being located at the junction of two of London’s – indeed the world’s! – most famous shopping streets, Oxford Street and Regent Street,  you won’t find a more perfect place than aqua london to fuel up for, take a break during or recover after an epic shopping spree.

Within just a few minutes walk of our front door you’ll find yourself in a shopper’s paradise with unbeatable retail experiences the likes of which just can’t be found elsewhere. Historic department store Liberty of London is so close that its ornate golden galleon weather vane can be seen from the aqua nueva terrace; why not enjoy a cocktail there after visiting the stores five floors of exquisite designer clothing, fabrics and homewares?

Behind Liberty, world-famous Carnaby Street is now the central thoroughfare of the thriving Carnaby Quarter, home to myriad small independent boutiques such as Bolongaro Trevor as well as larger stores from edgy international brands like Cheap Monday and for sneaker-heads, trainer stores stocking the most sought-after styles. Read more +

Win film premiere tickets & a meal for 2 at aqua nueva!

Miguel Larraya directs Todo El Mundo Lo Sabe

We’ve teamed up with London Spanish Film Festival, taking place at Ciné Lumière and Regent Street Cinema from 24-30 September, to bring you a fantastic competition – WIN two tickets to the UK premiere of Miguel Larraya’s Todo El Mundo Lo Sabe and a Sobremesa Sunday menu for two at aqua nueva!

Todo El Mundo Lo Sabe - Everybody Knows It – is ‘a potent, compelling and fresh look at the culture of corruption, intrigue and excess spending’ starring Bárbara Santa-Cruz, Diego Toucedo and Juan Blanco. This is the UK premiere so you and your guest will be first in the country to see it!

Before that though, winners will be able to enjoy Sobremesa Sunday in aqua nueva, our relaxed new Sunday menu offering a choice of any four dishes from a selection alongside free-flowing Cava. What could make a more perfect Spanish Sunday than a delicious indulgent meal followed by a slice of culture?

To enter, just email [email protected] with the subject Todo El Mundo Lo Sabe before midday this Friday, including your full name and a contact telephone number. You’ll need to be available this Sunday 27th September for Sobremesa Sunday at 3.30pm and the film at 6pm. No alternative prizes, dates or times are available.

Buena suerte – good luck!

aqua nueva joins London Cocktail Week line-up

Butter & Mint Drop for London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week, the annual celebration of the capital’s exciting, innovative and thriving cocktail scene, is back this year from 5th-11th October, and once again we’re pleased to be taking part.

To showcase the stunning new destination bar in aqua nueva, bars manager Luca Missaglia has created a cocktail which will be available there exclusively to wearers of London Cocktail Week wristbands throughout the week.
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Great reviews for #newnueva!

'Beautiful braised lamb loin, served perfectly pink'

While of course the best compliment is the number of guests coming through the doors (many of them several times!) since we opened the new aqua nueva, it’s always gratifying to read great reviews – and there’s been a couple of those recently which we’re excited to share!
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