If you’re anything like us, you spent a good chunk of Christmas binge-watching the latest season of Emily in Paris, which dropped on Netflix just before the festive season kicked into full swing. Now that the dust has settled on her latest set of (mis)adventures in The City of Light, you might be wondering what to do with your Emily obsession until season 4 eventually materialises. Well, recurring star of the series Lucien Laviscount has just opened an Emily in Paris bar right here in London -called The Wealthy Beggar- and it might just be the next best thing to the Parisian high life.
If popping over across the channel isn’t on the cards this year, then you can head to Kensal Rise in North London, where you’ll find the newly opened The Wealthy Beggar. This “five-star dive bar” looks as fashionable as Emily’s endless wardrobe, and you’ll be able to order yourself a quick drink or two from the cocktail menu.
The list includes several creative concoctions themed around the bar’s name, like “Flat Cap” and “Pick Pocket”, and the décor mashes together chandeliers and brick wall graffiti. The food menu, overseen by head chef Gareth Drew, also gets in on the act, with an eclectic mix of whipped foie gras, yuzu and caviar, wagyu tartare, dim sum, sushi rolls, and tacos. There’s plenty more to discover too, so be sure to bring an appetite with you.
Everything is made sweeter by the chill speakeasy vibes the bar radiates, with disco hits playing in the background- and weekly DJ sets and live music organised by dub and reggae musician Don Letts. Laviscount is joined in his enterprise by restaurant Zac Lichman, and he follows stars like Ed Sheeran, Idris Elba, David Beckham, and Guy Ritchie in getting in on the London scene. The two did previously collaborate on a hybrid café and bar called The Shop a few years ago, which was located very close to where The Wealthy Beggar is now, but sadly closed due to the pandemic.
Laviscount was keen on returning to the Kensal Rise area, with him commenting that the area has “a huge community vibe. It’s very normal to walk into a bar as an individual or a family and just have a great chat, and connect. See how the evening plays out.” It’s unfortunately pretty unlikely that you’ll bump into Alfie- err, Lucien- at the bar, but whether you’re a fan of Emily in Paris or are just looking for a trendy new bar in North London, The Wealthy Beggar is a good bet.