Today marks the beginning of National Negroni Week and what better way to kick of the new working week than with the classic tipple.
Whether you’re after a twist on the favourite or you prefer yours authentically mixed, here are the 12 best places in London serving the classic.
Enjoy the classic Italian Negroni in one of the longest surviving American bars in London.
The American Bar at The Stafford has become renowned for its signature serves and classic cocktails, so it seems only appropriate to include their three classic Negroni styles in this guide. One up your favourite tipple and try the Negronito, a twist of the classic made with VII Hill’s gin infused with kumquats, Campari and The Stafford vermouth.
16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ
We’ve waxed lyrical about The Coral Room’s ever expanding cocktail offerings before, and National Negroni Week is no different. This week they’ve teamed up with VII Hills, Italian Dry Gin and Primo Aperitivo allowing guests to enjoy an authentic Italian Aperitivo in the heart of Bloomsbury – perfect for if your holiday has been cancelled this summer.
Their current Italicus Aperitivo Garden currently has a spritz twist on the ever popular Negroni too.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN
Of course we knew we could count on Bar Termini, Soho’s hottest Italian bar, to serve up a traditional Negroni consisting of only the finest, authentic ingredients.
Frequently noted for boasting the best Negroni around town, you’d be foolish not to order one in and sample their selection of Classico, Superiore, Rosato or Robusto, alongside one of their bar snacks. We’d recommend opting for a selection of their Italian cheeses and charcuterie.
7 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JE
Soak up soaring views over London’s glistening skyline and sample one of the best Negroni’s in the city at Duck & Waffle.
Famed for its twenty hour food service, Duck & Waffle also deliver on the cocktail front. Order in the Ristretto Negroni, a mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, Martini Rubino vermouth and 24hr coffee slow drip, served over a chunk of ice. It’s a Negroni with a kick.
110 Bishopsgate, The City, EC2N 4AY
For a twist on the classic, head to ROBATA, Soho’s leading Japanese restaurant for small plates and famed for its sake infused cocktails.
Their menu boasts a wide range of tempting cocktails but for a Negroni special order in the Nigai, made up of Roku gin, Campari and Evangelista Ratafia. Paired alongside some of their robata cooked dishes, you’re in for a real treat.
56 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UE
Modern Italian restaurant, Cecconi’s, tucked inside a maze of restaurants at The Ned, boasts snug banquette seats and countertop seating at the bar, just perfect for ordering in one of their famed Negroni’s.
Boasting five to choose from, we’d recommend the Moro Soul, a fruity blend of Malfy blood orange, Cocchi Americano, Branca Menta, cherry syrup, lemon and mint.
The Ned, 27 Poultry, The City, EC2R 8AJ
Boasting two London locations, Polpo is an award winning Venetian restaurant serving up splendid sharing plates, authentic cicchetti and exceptional Italian cocktails. Order in one of their Negronis, shared alongside some of their sharing plates and enjoy a true Italian feast.
Or, head out of the city and visit their seaside location in Brighton for some real holiday vibes seeing as all plans to head aboard this summer have been reluctantly cancelled.
Soho / Chelsea
There’s no better place to enjoy golden hour than 10° at Galvin at Windows.
Named after the golden hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset, 10° is the ultimate spot to enjoy a Negroni this National Negroni week. Boasting views over London’s soaring skyline, book in to try their Cherry Negroni, an innovative twist on the classic featuring Old Duff Genever, cherry wine, Campari, Cocchi di Torino and Fernet Branca Menta.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE
Sumosan Twiga’s expert mixologists have gone one step further on their Negroni offering, boasting a Mediterranean twist. Think Gin Mare, Campari infused with rosemary, Carpano Antica Formula and extra virgin olive oil.
Although slightly on the pricier side – coming in at £20 – it’s a truly indulgent affair and a perfect addition to go alongside your meal.
165 Sloane Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9QB
For a truly luxurious affair head to Aqua Shard and try their twist on the Negroni, a blend of Tanqueray gin, Mancino Ambrato vermouth, Aperol infused bergamot and peach. Boasting the best views over the city, you’d be a fool not to try it out this week.
If it’s Spanish cuisine you’re after, the cocktail is also available at Aqua Nueva. Bonus.
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, Borough, SE1 9RY
If you’re looking for serious Negroni options, you’re going to want to whizz on over to The Chelsea Bar to sample one of their eight signature blends.
Tucked inside 11 Cadogan Gardens, the ultra stylish boutique hotel on Sloane Square, The Chelsea Bar boasts everything from smokey twists to a non-alcoholic take on the classic, perfect for the teetotallers.
11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, SW3 2RJ
After strolling your way around Battersea Power Station, head to FIUME for a trendy take on the cocktail classic.
Created by Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei, the Negroni ‘Del Mazzei’ mixes Tanqueray Gin, Italicus Rosolio De Bergamotto, Cocchi Amercano White and olives to create one splendid aperitivo. Race down to try it out for yourself.
Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, Battersea, SW8 5BN
Restaurant chain Burger & Lobster have just added a third random menu item into the mix. Burger, Lobster & negroni, thanks to a Negroni Week collab with Beefeater Gin (what about Lobstereater?)
In a take on the ‘buy one get one free’ concept, the chain are now offering a free negroni to anyone who buys one, posts it on social then comes back for another meal. If that’s not 100% tempting, they’re also picking one lucky negroni drinker to return for a free Burger & Lobster feast for upto six diners.
Knightsbridge / Mayfair / Soho / The City / Canary Wharf
Seven Dials favourite Monmouth Kitchen is very much open for business and churning out their own Peruvian take on the Negroni. The restaurant, beneath the Raddison Blu, boasts London’s only Italian and Peruvian crossover menu and their cocktails are no exception.
The Andean Negroni includes Bombay Sapphire gin, BarSol Perfecto Amor and Amaro di Angostura.
20 Mercer Street, West End, Seven Dials, WC2H 9HD