A time warp awaits those who dare to venture further up Stoke Newington High Street than anyone usually would. Head (way) past High Water, cool your jets before you reach Original Sin and enter this nostalgic 1940s Neverland. Patterned carpet, retro furniture and golden palm trees take you back: damn, this place even smells of the past.
The freestanding back bar is the booze brandishing bracket that you’re sure your grandparents used to have before they ‘modernised’ the country house. Oh, and the pin-up girl bartenders are every bit as badass as they sound.
Drinks-wise it almost seems rude to not go for the classics: take your cocktail game off the menu and order an Old Fashioned or bubbles. If you’re looking to get the party started, it's down the stairs you should tumble, sashaying until you reach the Southern Pacific style party of 'The Bamboo Lounge' in the basement. Bring a date here if they look like they’d enjoy dolling up like Dita. Taking inspiration from the grandeur of iconic hotspots The Savoy and The Dorchester, Fontaine's does vintage glamour delightfully well, darling.