Top 5: Cocktails You Need to Drink in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
Thirsty? Need a new cocktail spot? Never fear, we’re here to help. We’ve drank our way round the capital to bring you the best cocktails you should be drinking this weekend. Happy sipping, London:
The Cocktail: Dill or No Dill
The Blend: Tanqueray gin, smashed cucumber, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, fresh dill and smoked salt
The Story: The Bling Pig in Soho is a combination of vintage chic mixed with a hint of old worldly charm. The cocktails here are made with expert precision, with the mixologists on hand to rustle up liquid magic. In celebration of spring, cocktail sippers at Jason Atherton’s speakeasy style vintage bar, The Blind Pig can enjoy the refreshing and fruity Dill or No Dill. As a celebration of British springtime ingredients, Dill or No Dill is a well-balanced mix of Tanqueray gin, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, cucumber water and smoked salt, with a fragrant fresh dill garnish. If that’s hasn’t whet your appetite, choose The Kindergarten Cup. It’s an absolute belter.
Where: 58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR
The Cocktail: Spring in My Step
The Blend: East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin, Yuzu juice and Creme De Menthe Blanc liqueur
The Story: East London Liquor Company is an independent British distillery producing exceptional and innovative spirits. Originally a glue factory in Bow Wharf, East London Liquor Company found its home in the disused industrial space and repurposed the venue to create a custom-built distillery and destination bar. The bar with tall ceilings, stripped-back brick walls, reclaimed wooden tables from the original building is an ideal spot to quaff a few back with your pals. The Spring in My Step cocktail, which is topped with sparkling mead and garnished with grapefruit twist boasts uncomplicated floral notes thanks to the mead. You get a gin sipper that is light enough to knock back, but deep enough to hold your attention.
Where: East London Liquor Company, 221 Grove Road, Bow Wharf, London, E3 5SN
The Cocktail: Deadwood Dick
The Blend: Jalapeño infused Patrón Tequila Silver, agave, Grand Marnier and bitters
The Story: The Art Theatre Club is a cocktail lovers paradise, with the 1920’s themed bar transporting drinkers back to the prohibition era thanks to the tiled brickwork, period-perfect lighting, and plush seating. The bar, situated on Firth Street is the definition of understated glamour. Be careful not to miss the entrance (just look out for the white sigh above the door). Try their latest cocktail, Deadwood Dick for a taste of Mexico or travel to the vineyards of Bologna with Wallace and the Magician – a heady blend of Aperol, lemons and passionfruit. Sip on artisanal cocktails served in charmingly vintage china or Prohibition Teapots as you dance the night away to retro classics. Come for drinks, but stay for the beats.
Where: 50 Frith St, London W1D 4SQ
The Cocktail: Winter’s End
The Blend: Whitley Neill Gin, Red Apple Sherbert, fresh lemon juice, Pimento and a dash of soda water
The Story: Sovereign Loss is a hidden gem of a place in Brixton. And hidden it is – walk round to the side of the Prince of Wales Pub, press the door buzzer marked ‘trade entrance’, and the staff will come down and lead you up the Harry Potter-esque stairs and corridors. Once you’ve eased yourself into the art deco themed bar, complete with jar lighting and trendy fixtures, get ordering a tipple from the cocktail list, which, by the way is damn impressive. For starters, all the cocktails are amazing. First try the Winter’s End for a punchy gin based cocktail; all ingredients are shaken together, poured over ice and served with a lemon twist. Want to know the best bit? Sovereign Loss is open till 5am on Saturdays. Party time.
Where: 467- 469 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HH
The Cocktail: Kaori Arpège
The Blend: Beefeater 24 Gin, Yuzu Sake, cherry liqueur, peach bitters, grapefruit juice and agave
The Story: Sake no Hana is celebrating the arrival of spring with the return of the sakura cherry blossom garden in the Sake no Hana bar. By day, the bar is transformed with intertwining cherry blossom branches, falling petals, a grass floor, and blossom entrances, while by night lights twinkle within the blossom to create an intimate yozakura atmosphere, yozakura literally meaning ‘night sakura’. To celebrate Sakura, a limited edition cocktail has been specially created. The Kaori Arpège, a light blend of Yuzu Sake, cherry liqueur and peach bitters comes complete with three atomisers to spray onto the cocktail, including red cherry, black cherry and cinnamon, elderflower and jasmine; and violet, each completely altering the taste of the cocktail with each spray.
Where: 23 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1HA