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If you’re visiting London, or just looking for inspiration, check out these bars...
Nightjar is one of London’s most highly awarded bars having featuring almost every year in ‘The Top 50 Best Bars’ and it’s regarded as one of the world’s best speakeasies. What helps make Nightjar so unique is the array of unusual ingredients used in their cocktails as well as the selection of interesting drinking vessels to enjoy them in! This helps make Nightjar one of the best spots for a unique drinking experience. Some of the best bartenders in London call this hotspot ‘home’ including Marian Beke and Luke Cinalli. As well as an excellent array of drinks and bartenders serving them, Nightjar also offers a fabulous tapas menu that can be enjoyed all day. A visit to this bar is a must just to sample some of the most unusual and tasty cocktails in London.
40ml TANQUERAY™ No. Ten
25ml Ginseng spirit
30ml Apple & rhubarb juice
Half a lime
2 Dashes stout bitters
Top up with ginger beer
Method: Shake all ingredients and strain into the wooden mug with crushed ice. Top up with ginger beer and garnish with slice of pear and British flag.
(2.1 standard drinks* - 2.7 units per serve)
Drop by at…129 City Road
Dial…+44 (0)20 7253 4101
Find out more at…www.barnightjar.com
The Lanesborough, Library Bar is a classic style cocktail bar situated in the heart of London. Lined with bookcases and luxury furnishings the bar creates an intimate atmosphere of pure class. It’s so unique you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the best cocktails in London with a pianist providing live entertainment every day…now that’s a selling point! The head bartender Salvatore Calabrese is one of the most celebrated mixologists in the world and former President of The UK’s Bartenders Guild. It’s also the birthplace of Salvatore Calabrese’s ‘Breakfast Martini’ which is one of the most popular cocktails around the world. A visit to this hotspot promises a real treat for all of your senses, where you’ll enjoy some of the world’s finest classic cocktails in the bar’s truly luxurious surroundings.
15ml Orange liqueur
15ml Lemon juice
1 Full bar spoon of thin cut orange marmalade
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Fine strain into martini glass and garnish with striped orange.
(2.2 standard drinks* - 2.9 units per serve)
Drop by at…The Lanesborough, London SW1X 7TA
Dial…+44 (0)20 7259 5599
Find out more at…www.lanesborough.com/eng/introduction
Bar Américain is one of London’s trendiest bars with a great atmosphere and even better cocktails - it’s a must visit when you are next in town. Already listed as one of the ‘Top Places to Visit’ in London by Timeout Magazine, it’s a classic American bar, serving traditional mixed drinks in the most glamorous authentic art-deco surroundings. Heading up the bar team is Dick Bradell, renowned for his innovative work with cocktails and who has previously been dubbed the ‘Cocktail King’. Bradshall has been acclaimed for inventing several new cocktails including the ‘Espresso Martini’, ‘The Bramble’ and ‘The Treacle’. Even though Bar Américain is one of the newer ‘bars on the block’ it as a must visit next time you’re in town with its eclectic mix of stateside fun and glamour always guaranteeing a very enjoyable drinking experience.
The Bulleit Old Fashioned
60ml BULLEIT™ Bourbon
10ml Sugar syrup
3 Dashes orange bitters
Method: Stir all ingredients over cubed ice, garnish with orange peel.
(1.9 standard drinks* - 2.8 units per serve)
Drop by at…20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
Dial…+44 020 7734 4888
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(*One standard drink contains 8g of alcohol)