‘Cocktail’, except for the slightly anatomical reference, it’s got to be our favourite word. ‘Want to come for cocktails?’, ‘I’m just mixing a cocktail’, how great does that sound? Well, thankfully we live in quite possibly the perfect city to make the most of them. And with cocktail week around the corner (expect plenty of noise from us then), it’s cocktail menu unveiling season with plenty of new menus hitting London’s bars and restaurants. So here’s our roundup of some of the most enjoyable or just down-right intriguing.
Bang a GŎNG! We’re drinking the highest cocktail in London! The bar at the Shangri-La hotel, up The Shard, was already one of the most memorable in London, but thanks to their new cocktail menu there’s even more reason to head to the building’s 52nd floor. The new menu, in one of the most innovative buildings in the world and in the city that’s all about invention, is, by happy convenience, all about amazing inventions. Welcome to ‘A Miscellany of Inventions’, a menu that explores the inventions and innovations that have transformed the world. From rock music (a delicious rum-based cocktail served in a bottle shaped like a guitar) to flight (the Over The Rainbow comes in an extraordinary hot air balloon container), this is an exceptional menu.
Where: Level 52, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Embrace autumn, not through walking in the parks but at The Perception Bar at W London with their new cocktail menu. Drinks include the Autummmmmm made with turmeric infused Hennessey and ginger beer; the All Things Nice made with cardamom infused Belvedere and Limoncello and the Stouts Honour with Slane Irish Whiskey, coffee, Guinness Black Lager Infusion, cinnamon and vanilla cream.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
We love travel, almost as much as we love cocktails and so it can only be good that Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s bar and restaurant,The Rib Room, has created a cocktail menu based on both our favourite things! The new menu references several locations in the Jumeirah Group portfolio, and it’s basically a bucket list of places that I might be unable to ever visit in reality, but at least I can in alcohol intake. Flitting from Dubai and Bahrain to Frankfurt and London each cocktail cleverly harks to the locations they represent. For instance, the Honey Bee (flying the flag for Frankfurt) includes honey specially flown over from Jumeirah Frankfurt’s bee hives on the roof of the hotel.
Where: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9PY
Grey Goose, purveyors of the best vodka this side of Vladimir Putin’s drinks cabinet, have teamed up with one of our favourite bars to devise a cocktail list. Rumpus Room, topping off the so-cool-I-could-never-get-bored Mondrian Hotel have launched their Skyline Menu and inspired by the rooftop skyline views that help make the bar so memorable. Whether its the Gherkin, The Grater, The Shard or Big Ben the vodka-based drinks will delight you as much as the view.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar has just launched the new menu, Music, Magic and Drama and not only is it a new offering a drinks but it is also a way to distinguish the bar from the American Bar also within The Savoy. The music section includes early evening drinks with light mixed drinks, wines and Champagnes. The Magic part will see drinks that use mystifying techniques in their construction , as well as liquids that have been manipulated on the way to the bottle through added botanicals, fermentation or fortification and Drama is all about dark, atmospheric drinks that take guests late into the evening.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Holborn (0.3 miles)
Climate change deniers avoid Quaglino’s for the forseeable. But the rest of us can get stuck in as they launch ‘The Science Of Sustainability’ next week. The cocktail men is designed to make a serious point about some of the most important global trends affecting us today. Split into three sections, ‘Past’ includes drinks like Let’s Be Clear and Roots designed to show us the human factors contributing to global warming. ‘Present’, with cocktails including The Q Project, deals with our awareness of the need for sustainability while (you guessed it:) ‘Future’ looks at new challenges we may face (slip the Tornado) and the technological and scientific advances that will create a more sustainable. Never has a cocktail menu been more worthy.
Where: 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
As my father always says: ‘The old ones are always the best’, and this really does apply in the case of the Green Bar at Hotel Café Royal who have dug up their Café Royal Cocktail Book of 1937. Apparently something of a bible among bartenders, they’ve built a new menu around their historic menu, which goes back through the ages for a century’s ride through cocktails from the early twentieth century to the present day.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
The Lobby Bar at the London EDITION is itself a work of art, dominated by a huge stainless steel orb and great styling. The art continues on the plate and in the glass and at no time less than the bar’s latest cocktail menu. With the hotel group rapidly expanding, the EDITION have had the highly original idea to name and theme each cocktail on their new list after a location where EDITIONs can be found. Metaphorically jet off to West Hollywood via Shanghai and Bodrum. Don’t mind if I do.
Where: 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)