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Casa Havana Pop-Up Launches in London

Written by Pete on . Posted in Rum Chat

A Cuban Experience  

Havana Club is set to throw open the doors to Casa Havana, a brand new pop-up experiential space running from 11th-20th August at 15 Bateman Street in the heart of Soho, London. Casa Havana is a versatile space designed to celebrate the authentic Cuba, brought to life through key cultural pillars food, music, and colour.
 
Casa Havana
 
Cuba’s most loved rum brand is inviting Londoners to experience a series of events in true Cuban surroundings, starting with a five-course dining experience curated by Street Feast founder Dom Cools-Lartigue. Inspired by his recent trip to Havana – where he met with chefs and sampled local markets and ‘paladars’ for inspiration – Cools-Lartigue has worked with celebrated chef Marcus Bean to create a menu that takes in Cubano tacos, shredded beef tostones and seabass ceviche (full menu details follow). For each of the five courses, guests will enjoy a Havana Club cocktail that has been paired specifically with that plate created by Global Brand Ambassador Meimi Sanchez, who returned to her birthplace with Dom on a fact-finding mission. Upon visiting the Casa, guests will be led through the space to take their seats at an intimate ‘paladar’, inspired by the small, family-run establishments found in countless Havana side streets.
 
Casa Havana Cocktails
 
Dom Cools-Lartigue says: “I feel blessed to have been able to experience a taste of the real Cuba. The way locals celebrate their food culture there is truly special and can’t wait to bring that to life back in London for everybody visiting Casa Havana.”
 
While enjoying drinks at the Casa Havana bar, guests will be able to enjoy exclusive artwork specially created by renowned street artist Ben Eine. When in Havana recently, Eine met with local artists from a range of backgrounds including traditional film poster producers to graphic designers. He has brought those experiences to life in his own artwork which will be showcased at Casa Havana before being auctioned for charity. Eine also, in collaboration with artists brought over from Cuba by Havana Club, created the street signage that will welcome guests into the space.
 
Casa Havana Food“Havana was everything I expected and a lot more”, commented Ben Eine “the city is alive with colour and energy, and there are some insanely talented artists showcasing their art publicly. It’s going to be amazing to bring a little of that to everyone back in London.”
 
In addition to the cuisine, drinks, and artwork, visitors to Casa Havana will also enjoy a trans portative virtual reality experience brought to life by agency Found Studio, lifting them out of Soho and onto the streets of Havana. Taking inspiration from all aspects of Cuban culture, the short narrative delves into a local Cuban’s life, as visitors become intertwined with his story, before finishing with a well-earned cocktail. 
 
Liam Murphy, Senior Brand Manager of Havana Club says: “Casa Havana is a celebration of authentic Cuban culture, brought to life through collaborations between real Cubans and some of London’s best talent. We hope that we have been able to capture the true spirit of Cuba through our key activation pillars; Food, Music, Colour.......and Drink.” 
 
Havana Club is Cuba’s authentic rum brand owned in part by the Cuban government. It continues to embody the heritage and supremacy of the Cuban rum-making tradition, with all Havana Club rum still produced in Cuba, by Cubans. Casa Havana will give a taste of what a magical place Cuba is embracing its culture.  
 

Menu

Frijoles con Carteza de Cerdo
Pork crackling crisps with spiced black beans
Served with a Havana Club cocktail 
 
Tacos de Langosta Estilo
Cheese & parsley rolled tacos with lobster
Served with a Havana Club cocktail 
 
Cubano Taco
Flavours of the traditional Cuban sandwich with pork shoulder, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles & mustard served on a taco
Served with a Havana Club cocktail 
 
Ropa Vieja Tostones
Shredded beef, twice fried plantains
Served with a Havana Club cocktail 
 
Mojito Ceviche Lubina
Seabass Ceviche with mint & lime served in Scallop shells with crispy tortilla
Served with a Havana Club cocktail 
 
Small Plates Meal - £20
 
 

Casa Havana

Address: 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
Opening date: Thursday 11th August 2016
Opening hours: 
  • Thursday & Friday: 4pm – midnight
  • Saturday: 1pm - midnight
Tickets for dining experience: £20 // https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/casa-havana-havana-clubs-experiential-space-in-soho-london-tickets-26754167435