Italian food, beer, art, cocktails, nonnas, and laundry: Last week, The House of Peroni opened up the doors to Vita all’Interno (a life lived inside), its latest month-long residency in the heart of east London on Brick Lane, designed to bring the heart of the Italian home to London.
There are a series of distinct and eye-catching areas in which to hang out, each of which has a range of Peroni Nastro Azzurro infused drinks created by the award-winning mixologist at The Langham Hotel, Simone Caporale.
The main bar is dominated by Francesca Signori’s beautiful autumnal paper-art leaf installation and, round the back in the second bar, there is what appears at first sight to be an airy laundry room. filled with rails and rails of pristine, freshly ironed white garments, inspired by Italian couture.
Beyond the main bar spaces, there is a (bookable) five-course private dining room experience created by Michelin-starred Sicilian chef Accursio Craparo and, excitingly, there are secret rooms to explore. Guests can purchase keys from the pantry to unlock the rooms, each of which has a delicious custom Peroni infusion to try.
I was thrilled to bump into my old agent Richard and his friends on opening night, and we explored two of the different secret spaces together. We booked in for the cocktail class in the Snug: all we could see was through this tiny slit window, so we had no idea what to expect.
Whilst we waited for our cocktail experience, we snuck up some stairs tucked away in a corner on the ground floor, where we discovered heaven.
Bathed in blue-white light, and surrounded by clouds, the dream bedroom installation created by artist Rhea Thierstein is the second of the secret room experiences. A barkeep constructs cocktails from candy floss, the seats themselves are cloud-like, and there are wireless headphones which play soothing classical music.
And the cocktails? They’re a special Peroni Nastro Azzurro infusion created by Simone Caporale. It’s never occurred to me that candy floss, Peroni, and limoncello might be a cocktail combination, but it’s surprisingly drinkable.
By the time we’ve finished spiking our blood sugar with candy floss, our appointment with the secret cocktail room aka the Snug is nigh.
We’re given all the tools to make our own infusion.Some of us are better at this than others.
Richard, I’m talking about you.
My martini glass looked like a child had been set loose on it.
Gloriously, it isn’t just a fabulous event residency: there’s an Italian Pantry at the start of the experience, selling all sorts of treats – and plenty of Peroni, in case you need some to take home too.
The House of Peroni is open until 25th November at 152 Brick Lane (E1 6RU), and reservations for the restaurant are bookable via The House of Peroni website www.thehouseofperoni.com
This post was written in association with the House of Peroni.