here you will do well to linger; here our highest good is pleasure”

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September 6, 2020

There is a street in London which more than any other seems to give rise to accomplishment and changed fortunes.

Historical Dean Street in Soho is a place where household names have sprung from humble beginnings and famous triumphs were conceived behind the Georgian facades.

The night before setting off for the Battle of Trafalgar Admiral Nelson stayed on Dean Street – drawing up his plans for Britain’s greatest naval victory – but not before visiting a local undertaker to get sized up for his coffin, which of course he promptly required.
DSC04151_20-09-06_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Bloody_Mary_Quo_Vadis.jpg A few doors down at The French House pub, Charles de Gaulle and the French resistance plotted the events which tipped the balance of WW2 and led to Nazi fascism’s downfall.

From theatres of war we head to the Royalty Theatre, where a young thespian with great expectations called Charles Dickens was a regular cast member. In fact critics rather panned his performances with one describing him as having ‘debatable merit’.

Wind the clock back a century more and a pre-pubescent Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was astounding his audience at 21 Dean Street with a recital that cemented his reputation as a musical prodigy.
DSC04194_20-09-05_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Bloody_Mary_Quo_Vadis.jpg And at 26-29 Dean Street is the exclusive Quo Vadis members club and restaurant which was once separate abodes housing more than one brothel and poor lodgings, described by one visitor as ‘one of the worst, therefore one of the cheapest, quarters of London...’

It was here in an upstairs room that Karl Marx lived with his young family in squalid conditions as he began writing Das Kapital, a book which would go on to forge social change across the globe.

So as we sit here at Quo Vadis – Latin for ‘where are you going?’ – with a cocktail in hand we can’t help thinking of the neighbourhood’s illustrious pedigree and to consider where life might take us?

But for now we’ll put any delusions of grandeur to one side and linger to enjoy one more of these delicious Bloody Marys.


50 ml Broken Clock Vodka
20 ml House Spice Mix
(Anchovies, spices and lemon)
125 ml Tomato Juice
Garnish with Olives


Combine the ingredients and throw between two Boston Tins to aerate the mix. Serve over ice.