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Based on an old-fashioned European apothecary shop, Apotheke, in Chinatown, is a cocktail bar like no other. The menu is eclectic and the bar is more of a chemistry lab than a drinks station, surrounded by medicinal jars from around the world. Great atmosphere and potent cocktails.
9 Doyers Street, apothekenyc.com
A La Ronde is an 18th-century marvel near Exmouth in Devon – it has 16 sides and is crammed with craft created by the Parminter cousins, as Emma Kennedy discovers
The 1790s were not a particularly dazzling time for feminists but in a small corner of Devon some signs of female independence were burning bright. Jane Parminter and her younger cousin Mary, both unmarried, decided, after a 10-year Grand Tour of Europe, that they were going to build their own house, one inspired by their travels that would stamp their intention to remain a force for female freedom long after they were gone.
A La Ronde is the sum total of their hopes and dreams. It’s a 16-sided curiosity perched on a hillside overlooking the Exe estuary. It’s a grand aspect yet the house itself is idiosyncratic. It’s structured around a central octagon with rooms coming off it connected by an equally unusual lobby. Every inch of space has been used efficiently: cupboards are hidden inside walls, seats flip down between doorways and everywhere you look, there’s extreme crafting. Think of the Parminters as crinoline-wearing Lara Crofts spliced with Kirstie Allsopp and you’re halfway there.