Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum (quick sidebar, that ‘yo ho ho’ business sounds familiar, do you think that Father Christmas was a pirate before he started santa-ing? Answers on a postcard…). But if, like me, you think rum is one of the best inventions ever (up there with the jet engine and the toaster) then you’ll be glad to know that it’s now National Rum Day! And if you’re thinking ‘hey, this looks familiar!’ that’s because we’ve re-tooled our Rum Month piece from July (yes, they did follow up Rum Month with Rum Day, can we get Christmas to take a leaf out of Rum’s book?). So what better way to celebrate than a list of rummy places to head.
Rum Kitchen brings its Caribbean beach shack feel to London with food that will transport you to warmer climes and, even more importantly, a host of rums and rum cocktails, carefully curated by their in-house master mixologists. Their Hibiscus Mojito, made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, is well worth a glass. Or two. Or three. Hic.
Where: Brixton, Notting Hill, Carnaby
I’m not sure about your diary, but mine has Pina Colada day underlined in red for today, 10th July (okay, not only has it not but I’m off to an English sparkling wine tasting tonight, but next year it totally will be!). I love a pina colada and one of the best places in London to grab yourself this divine rum drink has to be Trader Vic’s.
Where: 22 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Still on the pina coladas, over at Bethnal Green’s Coupette have a full-on pina colada menu. I am SO checking this out, especially their award winning Champagne twist on the classic, made with Bacardi rum and Champagne. The France inspired restaurant also specialises in my other fave, cider, so get down to Coupette.
Where: 423 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0AN
Look, it’s even got rum in the name! Rum & Sugar is surely the first place to call in at during rum month? With their deeply philosophical tagline ‘rum is a state of mind’ Rum & Sugar serve over 200 different rums from their Canary Wharf base. Not only that, but the Caribbean delicacies on the menu make this a place to hang out indefinitely.
Where: No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf E14 4AL
Nearest station: West India Quay DLR Station (0.2 miles)
Mount Gay Rum may be most at home in Barbados, but Camden’s Roundhouse comes in a good second. The iconic venue are welcoming The Barbados Terrace by Mount Gay Rum from until August 26th, transforming the terrace into a Caribbean paradise. Or, at least, a great place to get some of Mount Gay’s brilliance into you.
Where: Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8EH
Be transported to subtropical Cuba at Burlock. The rum bar is set in the 1920s and pays homage to the chilled out vibes of the island nation that gave us the cigar, rum and, um, the missile crisis. Feel like a latter-day Graham Greene as you hit this Mayfair bar.
Where: 31 Duke Street, St. Marylebone, London W1U 1LG, UK
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)
The St Martin’s Lane Hotel was already bloody cool, but Asia de Cuba tops it off. A Cuban restaurant and bar, which can only mean rum. Pop in and test out their rum and ceviche pairing menu.
Where: 45 St Martins's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX
The Bloomsbury Club Bar has gone all South American this summer as they’ve teamed up with Diplomático rum. Welcome to the Diplomático Palm Terrace! Inspired by a voyage of discovery to Venezuela they’re offering a bespoke selection of Diplomático rum cocktails, you’d be Caracas to miss.
Where: The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN