The Slug and Lettuce in County Hall, near Waterloo is set to open its doors on Friday 4th May following an investment of £360,000. To celebrate the opening, the bar will be giving away a real diamond worth £500 to one lucky customer.

The refurbishment of Slug and Lettuce will see the bar refreshed and updated with the introduction of a state-of-the-art lighting system, new furniture and seating in a mix of rich, luxurious fabrics and designs together with a stylish new colour scheme of gold, purple, sea green, aubergine and plum.

The basement bar, traditionally used for private events and functions will also benefit from the new design and will be open throughout the day adding a further 50 covers to the venue. The area will still be available for private functions as well as playing host to the popular Crack Comedy nights which take place every Saturday.

To celebrate the launch of the newly refurbished County Hall, Crack Comedy Club is pleased to be hosting Royal Variety Show and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow star Hal Cruttenden. Hal will be joined on the night by the hilarious Joe Lycett and the highly entertaining Paul T Eyres. Tickets are on sale now to book or for further details go to Show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.

A new food and drink menu will feature with eleven new dishes including; Pesto Parma Ham and Mozzarella Tostada Flatbread; Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad; Spicy Meatball Pasta and a sumptuous Fisherman’s Platter.

The drinks menu has had something of a sport-themed makeover in a nod to the upcoming summer of sport with the new cocktail menu entitled ‘It’s all fun and games”. Set out in four sections the ‘Fruity Final’ section offers a choice of six great fruit flavoured ciders and ginger beers including Crabbies Ginger and Rekorderlig Mango and Raspberry. The second section highlights the ‘Jacobs Creek Coolers’, three unique new spritzers called ‘tennis whites’, ‘rose rally’ and ‘red deuce’, perfect for the summer fun. The third section is devoted to summer favourite Pimms whilst the final section includes three shots named ‘Bronze’ – a delicious combination of Goldschlager and Bacardi Oakheart; ‘Silver’ – Absolut Vanilla and Malibu and ‘Gold’ – a new flavour of Southern Comfort Lime.

The Slug and Lettuce will host a spectacular VIP launch party from 7pm on Friday 4th May to showcase its new look. An exclusive cava and canapé reception, complete with purple carpet, takes place for specially invited Slug and Lettuce website members and regulars. Customers can try their hand at making some of Slug’s famous cocktails in the masterclasses held between 7-9pm.

To celebrate, manager Graeme Lancaster Smith will be going the extra mile for his clientele giving away a real diamond to one lucky customer.

“The first 200 guests to arrive will each receive a glass of cava with either a diamante, or for one lucky person, a real diamond attached to the glass” Graeme explains, “Each customer is invited to take their ‘diamond’ to the expert jeweller we will have in the bar who will verify the real diamond.”

“It’s a fabulous giveaway and pretty good odds at 200 to 1”, he continued. Customers wishing to secure a complimentary hot ticket to the event should email [email protected]

“The refurbishment of the bar has come at a great time what with all the activity taking place in London over the summer and the expected increase in visitors. We’ve also been granted permission for a pavement licence so we’ll be introducing more tables and chairs at the front of the building so people can watch the world go by, providing it stops raining!

“There’s a real mix of customers at Slug and Lettuce County Hall from office workers, tourists and regulars during the day, the after work crowd in the early evening and people coming up to London on the weekend looking for a great place to party and all of them expect first class service in great surroundings, so with our new look we can do that in great style.

“The extra space created in our basement bar will be perfect for private functions including office parties, birthdays or dinners”, added Graeme, “and with its own private bar it will mean customers can enjoy all the exclusivity of private hire whilst enjoying the atmosphere and buzz of a busy bar.”