La Piazza - A Slice of Italian Summer on Brick Lane

May 17, 2015

A slice of Italy comes to East London with The House Of Peroni's latest residency - La Piazza at 152 Brick Lane.

Another season, another residency by The House of Peroni. Last autumn and last spring, The House of Peroni took up residency in a Lincoln's Inn Field townhouse with art installations, restaurants, and bars occupying each floor. This year, Italy heads East with a new month-long residency in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. A 'blink and you'll miss it' door in the brick building, unremarkable but for a simple 'The House' sign leads you through a low arch into La Piazza. Hidden from the chaos of Brick Lane is a tranquil piazza, that quintessentially Italian hub of social life. A metropolitan garden where life blossoms, a market place teeming with local fare, a natural amphitheatre where you can watch or be watched, a meeting point that transforms from day to night, to lose time and get lost. Yesterday I whiled away a peaceful afternoon in the garden - sipping Peroni cocktails and people watching, taking in Rebecca Louise Law's floral installation and contemplating Luminarie De Cagna's multicoloured light installations, before shopping for Sicilian cheese and chocolate at the grocery pop up. I missed the Saturday mixology workshops, but I'll be back at La Piazza for the Sunday screenings of iconic Italian films at private Cinema All’Aperto and for the Culture of Coffee events to sample Caffe Molinari's bespoke coffee menu! 

Of all the imaginative Peroni-infused cocktails my favourite is Nightwalk Gelato - a delightfully tart 'slushy' of lime sorbet and mescal, topped with Peroni and an ice-cream cone inspired by memories of  crossing the piazza on a hot summer's day while enjoying a gelato with friends.

Coming in at a close second is The Stolen Berries - raspberry and lychee sorbet topped with Peroni and rosewater; the thick, sweet, berry flavours reminiscent of abundant berry bushes of rural piazzas by Lake Como. 

I picked up some glorious Sicilian cheese and chocolate from the pop up grocery store, but not before fondling those glorious stuffed artichokes...

La Piazza will be at their Brick Lane residency till 10th June, bringing you a slice of la dolce vita in the bustling heart of creative East London. Today there is a private dining experience with Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo, a Culture Of Coffee event, and a screening of Io Sono L'amore (I Am Love) complimented with an aperitivo dish and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Or you could indulge in this unseasonably sunny spell in the outdoor garden; people watching with Peroni-infused cocktail in one hand and the other gesticulating your approval of Italian summertime in London. Find La Piazza by The House of Peroni at 152 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL. x

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  1. Wow! I don't think I've seen a place so gorgeous and I almost can't believe it's in the UK! Gorgeous photos! X xo

  2. Nicole HarrisMay 18, 2015

    That place is so pretty! I would love to visit. I've been to Brick Lane only once but I'm determined to go back

    Meet Me in Midtown

  3. Really lovely shots, what lens did you use?

  4. Ahhh Jasiminne, this sounds heavenly! I love an alternative cocktail - and that slushee sounds incredible! I just love how many pop ups there are in London!

    Lauren xx The Lifestyle Diaries

  5. Isn't there just? They just seem to POP UP everywhere ;) x

  6. I'm using the Canon 50mm 1.8 aka Nifty Fifty! x

  7. You should, Nicole, it's free and on till June! x

  8. Rachael! I can't even believe it's in BRICK LANE of all places - if you've been on a Sunday you'll know what I mean ;) x

  9. The House of Peroni really do have good form with pop ups and I'd love to visit to see how they've transformed the courtyard into a garden

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  10. Wow these are amazing photos! Love your blog :)

  11. I'm not a beer drinker but Peroni infused cocktails are such an interesting idea!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  12. Angie, I'm no beer drinker either, but these cocktails really do make it go down a treat! I think you'll love it, it's worth making the trek to Brick Lane from Victoria for! ;) x

  13. Suze, they really do! The Brick Lane pop up is a nice change from the usual townhouse in Lincoln's Inn Fields. It's the perfect beer garden for a hot day! x