At The Handbook, we’re all for new quirky cocktails spots with bizarre flavour combos. But we’re also the first to admit you can’t go wrong with a classic, and let’s face it the Negroni is the holy grail of all cocktails. With 2019 marking the 100th anniversary since the Italian bev first came about, we’ve complied a list of our favourite spots to celebrate. Oh and happy birthday Negroni!
We’re all about cocktails with a view and that’s exactly what you get when you clamber on board the Glass Room. In celebration of Negroni Week, they’ve launched London’s first floating Negroni bar and we can’t contain our excitement any longer! Glass Room has collaborated with the award-winning Italian dry gin brand, VII Hills, to bring guests four takes on the classic negroni and we cannot wait to try them!
Running from June 24th for one month
Where: Bateaux London, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2M 6NU
Nearest station: Embankment (0.1 miles)
Venture on down to Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and experience their exclusive Negroni trolley experience, paying homage to the heritage of the iconic drink. Bar Manager Ivan Arena has added his own innovative twists and tweaks to the historic drink. The dedicated Negroni experience follows Negroni founder Count Camillo on his global journeys taking inspo for each signature drink. Highlights include ‘The British’ made with Sipsmith London Dry and sloe gin; and ‘The French’ inspired by La Contessa made with Champagne. All of which are served in a beautiful vintage suitcase, adorbs!
Where: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7DR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
To coinciding with Negroni Week, Italspirits by Giuseppe Gallo, the leading authority on Italian drinking culture, will be bringing some of Italy’s most iconic brands together to create ‘the Negroni experience’. The four-day pop-up appearing at Six Storeys in Soho, will be jam-packed with cocktails, events and masterclasses, all in honour of the Italian classic.
Running June 23rd – 26th
Although known best for their afternoon tea, why not take a bougie trip to The Palm Court and try one of their classic take on the Negroni, using Roku gin, Campari and Antica formula carbon vermouth. Their all day dining menu draws inspiration from Charles Baker’s two books Jigger, Beaker & Glass and Knife, Fork & Spoon, which brings life to recipes from the empire.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, The Palm Court Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
While it’s hard to imagine being 100 years-old, it doesn’t stop us wanting to celebrate an anniversary. The award-winning Oriole Bar will be celebrating the most iconic cocktail, the Negroni’s 100th anniversary with a big ol’ party. Duncan Hemstock will be performing, as well as a DJ set from Lady Kamikaze allowing you to groove the night away.
The party kicks off from 6pm on June 22th
Soak up the sun (when it finally arrives) in the Sipping Room’s huge outdoor terrace with their own take on the classic Negroni. Despite being in the heart of London, it’s a little sanctuary away from the bellowing streets and city-goers. It’s the perfect spot for enjoying the best of London, looking out over the Thames while sipping on their take on the Italian classic.
Where: West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AX
Nearest station: West India Quay DLR Station (0.2 miles)
Paint the town red (well, orange) with Swift Bar’s paint your own negroni glass workshop. They’re joining forces with Campari to bring you an afternoon of crafts, summer Aperitivos and selection of antipasti treats. Even if you’re a paint-by-numbers kind of gal, you’re sure to have fun painting (or drinking) the afternoon away. You’ll even be able to take the glass away to show off your artistic skills to your friends, woohoo!
Running June 29th
Free Negronis, I repeat, free Negronis up for grabs! Another one to add to the Negroni bucket-list is Soho vermouth specialists Mele e Pere, as they’re announcing a special programme of masterclasses to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the cocktail, and they’re giving away 100 Negronis on the 24th and 25th of June to mark this spectacular occasion when guests say the phrase ‘La Vita Campari’.
The masterclasses will invite different craft gin, vermouth and bitters on each day of the week where guests can sample four different takes on the classic, and a selection of small plates designed to compliment the intense flavours of the cocktail.
Running June 25th – 29th. To book email email@example.com
Celebrate Negroni’s 100th anniversary in style as you jump on board The Yacht London where all your sailor dreams will come true… On board their brigade of chefs offer a fine dining a la carte cuisine while you enjoy a negroni and the stunning views of some of the cities most iconic landmarks, including the Thames, duh!
Where: The Yacht London, Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN, UK
Nearest station: Temple (0.1 miles)
Enjoy your Negroni sky-high (230m into the skyline to be in fact) thanks to Duck and Waffle, one of London’s tallest buildings. Guests can enjoy their ‘ristretto negroni’ made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, Martini Rubino vermouth and 24hr coffee slow drip. Yep, we’re not too sure what it means either but if it’ll give us the added buzz from a splash of caffeine, we’re all for it!
Oh honey, the Negroni at Wild Honey St James is one of a kind. Having been named ‘I am very specific with my Negroni’ after a quote from an interview with owner Anthony Demetre, you know it’s going to a good’un. It’s created with gin, Wild Honey vermouth, Dispense amaro, Aperol and savoury bitter.
Escape the everyday with one sip. The cocktails at Fitz’s pay tribute to the past and present free spirits of Bloomsbury. Which means they serve up a delicious take on the age-old negroni. Their vesca negroni combines Ford’s gin, Luxardo bitter Bianco, Dolin blanc, rosehip, aloe, coconut and woodland strawberry, adding a flash of fruitiness to your day.
Get through the midweek slump with a night to remember thanks to N100: Cheers to the Count. The event will bring together over 100 cocktail recipes from the UK’s best bars, mixologists and tales inspired by moments of the iconic cocktail’s colourful history.
Running June 20th at The Vinyl Factory
You’ll get a taste of Italy when you step inside Bernardi’s restaurant and bar. Venture down to the cocktail bar, located below the restaurant, where you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous bar and terrace. From 5pm until late, expect the negronis to be flowing as they’ve actually got six on offer. Whether you’re after one with a prosecco punch, a smokey hit or just a simple classic, whatever your taste, you’ll get the real Italian experience.
Pop along to The Coral Room, London’s most striking cocktail bar, as they’ve teamed up with award-winning Italian gin brand, VII Hills, to create an exclusive Negroni menu especially for Negroni Week. From June 24th until June 30th, sip on seven limited-edition bold, yet bittersweet Negronis.
Running June 24th – June 30th
Whether you’re after a classic Negroni or something a little different, Searcys at The Gherkin serves up the best of the best. Try the Negroni fruttato, a blend of Brockmans gin, Lillet rose and Campari infused with grenadine or the Lady Flower, which is mixed with Beckett’s sloe gin, rose liquor and Campari infused with raspberries and strawberries – sounds fruity delicious if you ask me!
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
Experience Negroni like no other… With Theo Randall’s, guests will learn the art of perfecting three Negronis – the Classico, sbagliato and a personalised Negronificio experience, all while munching on a selection of ciccheti from Theo’s famed Italian menu. You’ll be guided through the recipe while being taught the history of the notorious bitter drink.
Masterclasses launch on Wednesday 26th June
Head on over to the Rotunda Bar at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square and enjoy their delicious take on the Italian classic. Curated with Beefeater 24, Cocchi vermouth, Campari foam and orange blossom, using VII Gills London Dry Gin – it sounds absolutely delicious to us!
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.1 miles)
Fill your boots with 1 Lombard Street’s Negroni offerings. Originally known for its history in banking, with the area being considered the Wall Street of its time, 1 Lombard Street serves up exceptional food and drink, each and every time. And Negroni, I hear you ask. Well, there’s a new White Negroni on the menu at the Dome Bar, containing gin, Vermouth del Professore and Campari – now who’s ready for a glass?
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
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