What do you say when Havana Club invite you to one of their Cuban celebrations in London? You say yes, of course. What happens when they then tell you that you’ll be chauffeured in one of those amazingly classic Cuban cars? You let out a little squeal and jump about in excitement. Obviously.
Meeting the Locals
Skipping into Waterloo station I soon spied my hosts for the night. There stood a suave guy in a vintage cream suit complete with Havana Club rum red neck scarf and typically Cuban hat. We swapped compliments on our outfits and then a few cheeky smiles with passers-by who must have been wandering what was going on.
Back out on the street the Cuban car was everything I hoped it would be and more; deep red leather seats, a huge steering wheel and enough vintage glamour to make any night out special. The Mr and I received the perfect laid-back tour of London just as the sun began to settle down for the night. The lilac sky looked beautiful as we drove past Trafalgar Square, Regents Park and more, before stopping at Camden.
Stepping out of the car we were hit by the flashes of cameras and calls of strangers who had gathered to see who had arrived in the foreign car. Following our host into the warren of lanes in Camden and navigating the cobbles (me not so well in my heels) we found our place for the evening. The Cuban. It was a match made in heaven.
A Night in Cuba
Now whilst I can’t hook you up with a ride in the Cuban car, you can visit this place for a taste of Cuba. Not only that, if you want to feel like you’re in a movie head here. It’s hidden away in Camden Stables Market.
On a Saturday night a live band plays tracks that have the crowds swaying, shimmying and pulling out all their favourite salsa moves. By 9pm (early by London night-out standards) the floor disappears in a sea of sexy bodies and grinning faces. I couldn’t take my eyes off the dancing couples. People from all over the world head here, shunning the typical night clubs and instead, spicing it up Cuban style. With the rum-shack style decor and the mixture of people you feel like you’re a million miles away from England.
Settled into red leather booth that reminded me of my earlier back-seat experience, I gave the dancing a miss in favour of sampling the Havana Club mojitos. It’s my favourite cocktail in the whole world and when it’s made with Havana Club rum, served in a matching tin it just tastes even better. I think this face says it all…
I guess you could say The Cuban specialises in mojitos given that they stock over 100 rums and they’re freshly made. Mojitos starts at around £8, but on a Monday to Friday you can get one for only £3 with a voucher from their site. Either way, made with Havana Club rum the cocktails are strong so you won’t need many to make you feel like you’re a local Cuban.
If you can’t get to London anytime soon (or better yet, Cuba) you can whip up your own mojitos with Havana Club’s mojito kit. They really do taste delicious, but after a glimmer of Cuban life I know that the birthplace of the mojito has now bumped nearer to the top of my travel wish list.
Have you been to The Cuban in Camden? Better yet, have you been to Cuba? I’d love to hear what you think. X
A massive thanks to Havana Club for hosting such an amazingly fun night.