We’re not ashamed to say that our Instagram posts are still full of cocktails and what we eat – if it looks good, it looks good and seeing as many of London’s mixologists aren’t just creating cocktails but also mini works of art, we can’t help it. So we’ve rounded up 10 of London’s most Instagrammable cocktails.
Sometimes minimal can be just as striking, take for example the Globetrotter at Connaught Bar; made from Champagne, EDV framboise, orange blossom water, purple carrot, rose petal, blackberry and buckthorn shrub, it’s served in a glass globe, naturally.
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
From cocktails served with burnt marshmallows and mini puddings to cocktails in tipsy tin cans and kitsch London boxes, hidden Marylebone bar, Purl, sure knows how to create unique cocktails. One of our favourites is the Mr Hyde, arriving in billowing honey fog, it’s made from Ron Zacapa 23 and Purl’s own cola syrup which is then smoked and bottled. The result? More potion like than cocktail.
Where: 50/54 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 7HX
The cocktails at Oriole are inspired by global travels, from Europe and Africa to the New World. You’ll find cocktails in leather bags, clay pots, drinks with pipettes and garnished with the likes of spun sugar, exotic fruits, tentacles and canapes. One of our favourites is the tropical Culebra Punch, served in a silver turtle shaped punch bowl it’s made from Barcardi 8 yr rum, Banks 5 Isalnd Rum, mangosteen and banana ale, kumquat juice, passiflora tea and ginger beer. The summer might have failed us, but this won’t.
Where: Smithfield Markets, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH
They say that the old ones are always the best and what better than a Treasure Chest to share at Mahiki? The sharing chest comes with straws for eight suckers and combines ample helpings of brand, peach liqueur, shaken with lime and sugar and topped with a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne. You’ll be grabbing your phone to immortalise the arrival given it comes lit up by indoor fireworks!
Where: Mahiki, Dover Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.1 miles)
If you like your night to go with a bang then Artillery Punch from cocktail masters Nightjar is the perfect option, it comes in a grenade alongside a smoking artillery piece teapot! The supremely Insta-friendly drink includes Hendricks gin, Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof rum, Benedictine, sultan tea, fresh lime and bee pollen.
Where: 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB
Focus in on this one, a cocktail masquerading as a camera lens, replete with a reem of photo negative (Instagrammers will have to look up what this is). The Photographer includes Chase Marmalade mixed with Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, mango juice, fresh strawberries, fresh blackberries, homemade raspberry syrup and a few drops of Donovan bar Bitters. Say cheese!
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Brockwell Park Bramble
First Aid Box in Herne Hill have come up with a suitably medical looking cocktail to fit the name of one of London’s most creative bars with the Brockwell Park Bramble. The cocktail features Whitley Neill gin, Maraschino, vitamin C, fructose, plum bitters and a syringe of blood (Chambord).
Where: 119 Dulwich Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 0NG
The Enchanted Rose is the creation of Sofitel St James’ St James’ Bar Head Bartender Kostas Bardas. Consisting of Belvedere vodka infused with red berries, framboise eau de vie fortified with white tea syrup, St Germain liqueur, Peychaud’s bitters, rose water it’s the theatre when presented that makes this cocktail extra special.
Where: 8 Pall Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5NG
It comes with Belvedere Vodka, Manzana Verde Liqueur, Cucumber, Coriander, Cumin, Simple Syrup, Lemon but what’s more it looks medicinal and green and comes with actual tablets (nothing pharma!). The spring-like taste doesn’t even taste especially alcholic, making it deadly and delicious!
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Sauvignon Private Ryan
We’ve all seen the film, now drink the drink. Smooth as Tom Hanks, the Sauvignon Private Ryan is made from Broker’s Gin, Martini Ambrato, Dry Sherry, Lemon Juice and Cardamom & Passion Fruit Syrup all over crushed ice and served in a ration tin.
Where: 68 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6GQ