The Handbook
The Handbook

If your gin of choice is poured from a bright blue glass bottle then Bombay Sapphire’s summer pop-up at Jumeirah will be good news, especially if the hundreds of gins available in most bars leave you spoilt for choice. The most extensive decision you’ll have to make here will be which gin-based cocktail to plump for, followed by whether or not to try mixing your own.

The Terrace at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is now bursting with blue and white flowers, just in time for Chelsea Flower Show so will be pretty hard to beat for a gin-based sundowner in the coming months (or hours…). It makes sense for the world’s number one premium gin brand to be served at a five star hotel metres from Harrods and a specially created menu of the classics gives the terrace a timeless feel. The more creative types can opt for the intriguingly titled Twist Box, packed full of fresh herbs, bitters, fruits and bottles of Fever Tree tonic waters, as well as a bottle of Bombay Sapphire for you to concoct your perfect G&T. If that all sounds a bit much, or actually your gin expertise lies in the tasting rather than the mixing, pick a raspberry-flavoured Bombay Sapphire Bramble from the menu, or Bombay Star Martini for a hit of dry vermouth with your gin. An outdoor grill serving seafood, burgers, salads and desserts will soak up any excess gin, and comfy sofas will have you wondering where the time went.

The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is open from midday to 10pm until mid-September

www.lowndesbarandkitchen.co.uk