Summer may be well and truly over but Streatham is just heating up with the hotly-anticipated arrival of Exhibit B: our second bar and restaurant.
A local in every sense of the word, from the fresh new menu and inspired décor to the edgy artworks and exciting schedule of events, it’s further proof that Streatham is firmly in the spotlight – exactly where it belongs.
Entertainment lies at the heart of Exhibit B – found in prime position along Streatham High Road – with Streatham’s diverse mix of drinkers firmly in mind. It is here the young, old and downright hedonistic will flock for everything from wild brunches and leisurely lunches through to lively dinners and late-night drinks. Set against a selection of carefully curated live music and performances – local DJs, drag queens, bongo players, electric saxophonists – this is where they will drop in for the times when only a stiff drink and a good dance will do: after-work, after-party – and everything in between.
Select cocktails, beers and spirits have taken their cues from their new surroundings: signatures include the Streatham Sling (gin, vermouth, elderflower, mint, lime, salt – a London take on the Singapore classic); the St.Reatham (a Munich-style lager made locally); and the Graveney (a grapefruit and basil G&T using Tooting-based gin – a near neighbour). All the usual concoctions, crafts, spritzes and sparklings are present and correct – so those with a firm favourite should fear not.
The entertainment is just as hyper-local with top talent sourced nearby, from the hosts of unmissable tasting nights to the teachers of seriously unusual classes. Live drawing with prosecco, anybody? Count us in.
The menu – local, seasonal, global – remains as fiercely good as its Balham brother: brunches are still a big thing with light bites like California avo sandwich and sweetcorn fritters to larger affairs such as fried chicken benedict and the ‘Streatham loaded’ – a full English, Exhibit-style. Add bottomless coffee for £5 or bubbles for £20.
The à la carte has been revamped to incorporate some of 2018’s hottest food trends: Sriracha wings and salt beef croquettes are seriously good sharers while the goat curry, the coconut-battered fish and chips, and the all-vegan black bean and kale burger are perfect for one. Stuck for something to do on a Sunday? The roast is served with unlimited Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes for just £12. The perfect excuse to carry on the party!
The interiors aren’t an afterthought at The Exhibit’s stylish, naughty sibling. This time round, those seeking pleasure can do so amidst original Tube fabric from the 70s, a stunning central black and white bar, a dramatic lightwall that changes colour according to the atmosphere, and a signature oversized fish tank complete with tropical shoal. There’s no interior designer here: everything has been carefully sourced by the team, with reclaimed this and that from the area they hold dear.