It’s not often we get to take a moment out of our lives to gaze up at the stars, and with London’s night sky being blocked out by city lights and pollution, even if we did look up, how much would we actually be able to see?
High above the hustle and bustle of London’s city banks, Coq d’Argent’s outdoor space has become home to a SKYLINER-200P telescope (in Layman’s terms that’s a big one), which is so powerful that it enables you to see Jupiter and its four moons! Until the end of March, the telescope will be on site for anyone who wants to gaze at the stars and geek out over our night sky.
This week, Coq d’Argent hosted a special stargazing evening with a demonstration from astronomy expert, Bernard Karpinski of Modern Astronomy, and I was there to enjoy it. Bernard talked us through the night sky in a way that felt a lot more fun than it did at school, though perhaps that was due to the cocktails in our hands!
Each cocktail was aptly named to suit the night; The Galaxies (A gin based drink shaken with peaches, lime, orange, sage and ginger) and Starlight (Whiskey with an aromatic bitter soaked sugar cube topped off with Champagne). The delicious drinks went down a little too easily, a few more and we probably wouldn’t need the telescope to see stars…
The stunning terrace at Coq d’Argent has been transformed for winter with a cozy chalet feel, including big knitted throws, faux fur covered seating and large fire heaters to warm you up. The whole place invites loved-up couples and intimate groups of friends; it’s the perfect setting for anyone wanting to get to know their drinking partner, whilst at the same time impressing them with the views of London.
Although the telescope isn’t a permanent feature (though it seriously should be!), you still have until the end of March to check it out. Though even after that, Coq d’Argent is highly recommended for an escape from the crazy London streets below or when you are in need of a well-made cocktail to accompany a good gossip session.
by Helen Gibson, Grazia News Picture Researcher