Negroni Week 2023: Where to Drink in LondonBy Alicia Grimshaw
Welcome to Negroni Week in London. This classic Italian cocktail, a perfect blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, takes centre stage as mixologists across the capital craft their own unique twists on this timeless favourite.
What: Head down to Padella Shoreditch during Negroni Week (18th to 24th September) to bag £2 Negronis with any plate of pasta. Available all day, every day.
The Negroni: Extending its Negroni hour to encompass lunches, late nights and weekends, the offer is available for the week to all diners at Padella Shoreditch who order a plate of their signature hand-rolled pasta. Designed by the legendary Mr Lyan studio, the Padella Negroni blends three different vermouths for a touch of sweetness, the cocktail is still stiff and bitter – a slight riff on the world-renowned classic.
Where: 1 Phipp St, London EC2A 4PS
What: For this year’s Negroni Week, Nikos Roussos and Andreas Labridis, the duo behind modern Greek restaurants OPSO, INO and the recently-opened Kima in Marylebone, are serving their own unique takes on the classic cocktail.
The Negroni: Crafted using the finest spirits and bitters, the roster of Negroni specials include a Classic Negroni from Kima, the new fin-to-gill restaurant in Marylebone, prepared with premium Beefeater Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari; a six-month barrel-aged Negroni from Opso, crafted using premium spirits and bitters and aged in oak barrels resulting in an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel; followed by INO’s twist on the Classic Negroni, with a 6-week oak-barrel aged Negroni served on the rocks with a touch of Angostura bitters.
Where: OPSO 10 Paddington St, London W1U 5QL | INO 4 Newburgh St, Carnaby, London W1F 7RF | Kima 57 Paddington Street, W1U 4JA
What: Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London is celebrating Negroni Week with its exclusive cocktail Metamorphosis (£20).
The Negroni: Metamorphosis is a cocktail created through the evolution of the Gin Martini to the Negroni, where after distilling the Campari in their lab, the Scarfes Bar team use the concentrate and turn it into caviar. The tasting experience of this unique and stand-out cocktail starts as a Martini, with notes of fruitiness, and a finish of a round and full Negroni. The cocktail features a blend of Isolated Campari, Cinzano 1757 Vermouth Di Torino, Extra Dry, Fortified Cantaloup and Negroni Caviar.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
What: For the ultimate negroni serve in London, look no further than Theo Randall at the InterContinental with its menu of concoctions, including DIY Negronis.
The Negroni: Inspired by Theo’s Italian travels, take a sip of Theo’s Signature Negroni (£23) made using the Solera system: three different spirits, from three different barrels are rotated from the youngest to the oldest one every two months. Or for a bespoke serve, you can also create your own negroni, selecting your favourite Italian gin, vermouth and bitters to make the ultimate personalised tipple (£18).
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, London W1J 7QY
What: For a luxurious cocktail experience, head to Manetta’s Bar in Flemings Mayfair Hotel and try the Green Negroni(£17).
The Negroni: Offering a lively atmosphere beneath the streets of Mayfair, sip on the Green Negroni for a unique twist on the classic serve. Bold in colour, this signature drink carefully mixes Chase Gin with Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Midori liquor, Dolin Dry Vermouth and Drambuie, resulting in an eye-catching serve in elegant surroundings.
Where: 7-12 Half Moon St, London W1J 7BH