Ah, the mini-bar. That wonderful but slightly scary place in your hotel room that you look at but don’t dare touch for fear of an unexplainable and slightly extortionate amount being added to your bill, revealed only on departure. Not the best end to a holiday. If locating that mini fridge and discovering boring mini bottles of wine has you wanting to just call room service for a decent drink then it’s time to upgrade: say goodbye to the mini-bar as you know it.
The London EDITION is revamping the in-room drinks experience as you know it, because when there are 2 great bars on the ground floor of the hotel, drinks are clearly important. The hotel has worked with Hendrick’s to create an immersive experience that makes any hotel guest a mixologist for the night, suitably titled H.O.T.E.L. (Hendrick’s Ocular Tool for Extraordinary Libations). On arrival, a specially created box will be waiting for you, with expertly measured ingredients waiting to be shaken, stirred and… sipped. Three miniature bottles are enough to create one of two gin-based cocktails; Inspector Gimlet and Caught by the Fizz. Created by the hotel’s bar manager, Davide Segat, the drinks aren’t just what they seem – besides, how would you know how to make them? That’s where Hendrick’s Global Ambassador, David Piper, comes in… quite literally. A leather-bound book placed on the drinks trolley may seem like something you’d find in an old library but with no need to blow the dust off, here you’ll find something much more modern. When opened, the book comes alive with your very own virtual in-room bartender, guiding you through the drinks in the signature eccentric Hendrick’s style – and you’ll be pleased to hear they’re really rather easy. Once you’ve enjoyed your gin from the comfort of your suite, you are invited to head down to the Punch Room, where you can settle in by the fire and compare the drink you created to one prepared by the professionals. If you aren’t lucky enough to be staying in a suite at the London EDITION, the drinks are available to anyone who visits the Punch Room, until the foreseeable future.
Hendrick’s H.O.T.E.L. at The London EDITION is available now across all 12 hotel suites and in the hotel’s Punch Room bar when you reserve a table in advance.