aqua spirit cocktails by @manting_rachelaqua kyoto tomato & edamame salad by @jblleefriends enjoying themselves by @jayalexandracooper

Congratulations to our ‘Winstagram’ winners!

We knew that our guests had an eye for a great Instagram image, but we had no idea just how hard it would be to pick the winners of a recent competition we ran, announced in our newsletter.
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Win cocktails, lunch and Champagne with Instagram!


We love seeing all the images guests share of their experience here on Instagram and until next Wednesday, 18th March, we’re running a photo competition with some great prizes!
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aqua nueva New Year Solutions ends soon!

Salmon & crab mousse with mussels at aqua nueva

If you’ve yet to try the divine, decadent, indulgent New Year Solutions menu at aqua nueva, don’t delay as it ends this Saturday 28th February! Since launching at the start of the year, New Year Solutions in aqua nueva and aqua kyoto have proved extremely popular as guests chose to start 2015 as they mean to go on.
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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ stars party at aqua!

Jamie Dornan, star of Fifty Shades of Grey, and wife Amelia Warner at aqua london

On Thursday 12th February we were delighted to host the after-party for the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the most hotly-anticipated films of recent years.
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aqua nueva, a jewel in ‘London’s Mile of Style’

Octopus with Galician style empanada low res copy

For a Spanish restaurant, it’s always exciting to be recognised by the Spanish community. So you can imagine how the Cava corks popped when aqua nueva was featured recently in El Viajero, the prestigious travel magazine of El Pais, Spain’s best-selling newspaper.
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Reviewers are raving about our New Year Solutions!

aqua kyoto tuna tataki with braised daikon and sea buckthorn berry

January might be over but our New Year Solutions menus in aqua kyoto and aqua nueva are not. aqua nueva’s decadent Spanish delights have been proving very popular, but perhaps because of the time of year it’s kyoto’s nourishing, nutritious, cleansing menu that’s taken the lead. If you’ve yet to try it for yourself, we’ve recently enjoyed some great reviews which we hope will tempt you.
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Inspired new cocktails

Recently we introduced our new bar manager Luca Missaglia and in our Q&A with him he revealed that there would be new cocktails on the list inspired by Japan for aqua spirit and aqua kyoto and by Spain for aqua nueva. This week we spent some time with Luca tasting the Inspired by Japan section (yes, it’s a tough job…!) and we think guests are going to be delighted with his new creations.
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Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

Aqua style raspberry cheese cake

We’re great romantics here at aqua and every Valentine’s Day we look forward to welcoming the many couples who entrust their happiness on this special evening to us.  This February 14th both restaurants will be offering sumptuous special menus, each including a glass of Champagne on arrival, guaranteed to please the most particular of partners.
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Meet The Team: Luca Missaglia

New bar manager Luca Missaglia

We’re delighted to introduce our new bar manager, Luca Missaglia, a well-known figure on London’s cocktail scene and a very welcome addition to the team. We caught up with Luca for a quick Q&A to find out more about him:

What is your career background – have you always worked in bars?

Most of my career I have been working in hospitality, the past ten years in bars and restaurants. I started as a coffee boy and worked my way up to bartender, and for the last four years I have been leading bar teams in different venues including Lab Bar and most recently Quo Vadis private members’ club in Soho.

What would you say is your ‘signature style’ of cocktail making?

My signature style is classic and elegant but with a contemporary twist.
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Forget resolutions – try New Year Solutions!

A selection of New Year Solutions dishes at aqua kyoto and aqua nueva

Starting a new year can be difficult, with pressure from the media, friends and simply our own consciences to eat more healthily, drink less, join a gym… Here at aqua we think everyone should be free to make their own decisions, and so to start 2015 we’re introducing our ‘New Year Solutions’ in aqua kyoto and aqua nueva.
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