Brixton Lagoon: A Bartender’s New Years Day with Fabiano Latham

This week on the Main Stage Narmeen is joined by drinks master, brand ambassador for William Grant & Sons and nature fanatic Fabiano Latham.  

Fabiano’s dream event features Brixton Lido like you’ve never seen it before. A result of his love for South London, where he was raised, and Iceland, where he spends most of his time in his (very aesthetic) adventures. Picture the Blue Lagoon a few stops down the Northern Line. 

So, New Year’s Day, the hospitality folk have been on it for a whole month. They’ve catered to their clients every need, but it’s time for them to be spoiled and pampered. You enter Brixton Lido and encounter a full-on winter, northern lights fantasy. Ice sculptures, Nordic beats, and a calming air permeated by essential oils. The door person proceeds to give you a fluffy dressing gown, slippers (a hygiene must) and kindly asks you to leave your phone on the entrance. You look around and see a diverse crowd of adventurers, influencers, and (pinch yourself) Icelandic Vikings. 

Just before you have time to question the supernatural aspect of bringing 9th century humans back to life, you’re greeted with some grapefruit and coriander seed infused white ale in a traditional Icelandic horn. You decide some things are better not questioned and proceed to take a seat in a (fake) reindeer fur covered ice chair. You’re surprised by how comfortable an ice chair is and look up. You’re simply mesmerized by the calming Northern lights illuminating the scene. 

Now, here in Desert Island everything is possible. Having Northern lights in London is not out of the picture; but Fabiano acknowledges that a lot of magic can be done with a good visual arts team. He proposes that Northern lights could be produced with an intricate system of light and mist. We’ll leave that to the tech team. 

It’s time for a true nature pampering session. Probiotic mud baths, Icelandic moss, forest bathing and lots of energy filled pine trees, all culminating in a relaxing dip in the geothermal lido lagoon (thank you mother nature and Borough of Lambeth). All this relaxing has made you hungry so head out of the lagoon for a lovely meal of…tomato soup and ice cream. All this experience is a hot and cold juxtaposition. 

It’s getting a bit late, but the Nordic beats are only getting better. You decide you need to get the party started so you head to the bar. There’s so much to pick, but you go for a few clementine screwdrivers. You dance the remaining New Year Energy off and finish the night with a simply incredible fireworks show. Please note that Fabiano, just like Desert Island, is a lover of all animals, so he has decided to provide all dogs in a 30-mile radius, custom Reyka vodka branded earmuffs. Could this day get any better?

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