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BEST COCKTAIL BARS IN LONDON 2018: THE LONDON MUSINGS SUMMER EDIT

BEST COCKTAIL BARS IN LONDON 2018: THE LONDON MUSINGS SUMMER EDIT

1.) Southam Street, Notting Hill

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Southam Street, the need-to-know Notting Hill hangout, has announced the launch of summer with all new Al Fresco spaces including the jungle print cushioned sun terrace and exterior continental bistro-style seating, perfectly positioned to drink, dine and watch the world go by. With the weather getting warmer, there is no better place to indulge in an Al Fresco Aperol Spritz or a work dissolving G&T and bask in the sunlight enjoying endless evenings amongst friends.

The London Musings recommends: 

  • Southam Margarita (Mezcal, Tequila, lime juice, agave syrup)
  • Southam Street Aperol (Orange juice, Aperol, soda water)

Contact: Southam Street | +44 (0) 203 903 3591

2.) Johnny Bruschetta, Islington

 You MUST order a giant signature bruschetta to go with your Aperol Spritz!

You MUST order a giant signature bruschetta to go with your Aperol Spritz!

Johnny Buschetta in North London is a wonderfully unique food and drink spot with an Italian vibe. There is an extensive drinks list, from English craft beers to Italian wines and Johnny’s prosecco on tap. As well as inside seating, both bar and typical Italian sharing dining tables, the restaurant boasts a secluded courtyard at the back of the restaurant, perfect to be enjoyed during the summer months.

The London Musings recommends:

  • Aperol Spritz (Prosecco, Aperol, splash of soda water)
  • Old Fashioned (Bourbon or Rye whiskey, bitters, sugar, few dashes of plain water)
  • Espresso Martini (sugar, ice, vodka, espresso coffee, espresso liqueur)

Contact: Johnny Bruschetta | +44 (0) 20 7609 9453

3.) The Perception Bar at W London, Soho

 Solero Cocktail, The Perception Bar at W London

Solero Cocktail, The Perception Bar at W London

A living wall, located in the W Lounge will house the pick-your-own herb and spice garden with potted coriander, tamarind, basil, chilli and rosemary ready to be picked by guests to stir, finish, garnish and enhance their cocktail creations (available until the end of June 2018). The cocktail counter at the heart of action will be where guests can mix and mingle and sip whilst under a canopy of luscious foliage creating an oasis of greenery. W London’s new cocktail menu will be available into the summer.

The London Musings recommends: 

  • Solero (Belvedere Vodka, Passionfruit Liqueur, Passionfruit, Cream, Vanilla)
  • Summertime Sadness (Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Lychee, Raspberry, Elderflower, Lychee and
    Lime Foam)

Contact: W London | +44 (0) 207 758 1000

4.) The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

 Summer Berry Cooler at The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Summer Berry Cooler at The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden has partnered with British design icon, Jenny Packham, to create a show-stopping floral installation in celebration of RHS Chelsea Flower Show and British Summer Time. Until Sunday, 1 July, the restaurant’s now-famous external installation will feature a striking abundance of flowers as well as featuring two show stopping floral cocktails to tantalize the taste buds. The à la carte and brunch menus have been updated for a limited time only with a beautiful floral design by Jenny Packham.

The London Musings recommends: 

  • Summer Berry Cooler (blackberries, mint, lemon juice, honey water and fever tree soda, garnished with fresh blackberries and mint – served in a high ball)
  • The Queen Bee (photographed in cover image: honeybee gin, apricot brandy, lemon juice and fever tree lemonade, served with fresh mint, dehydrated lemon, crushed ice and honey dipper – served in wine glass)

Contact: The Ivy Chelsea Garden | +44 (0) 20 3301 0300

5.) Hush, Mayfair

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Burst forth into Spring at Hush Mayfair! A firm favourite on the Mayfair dining scene, Hush have just announced the exciting arrival of the spring ‘London in Blossom’ courtyard in collaboration with London Gin No.1. The much-loved courtyard area has been transformed into a picturesque secret garden with the arrival of spring/summer 2018.

The London Musings recommends: 

  • No. 1 Negroni (London No1 Gin, La Copa Vermouth, Campari, dry orange)
  • Cool as a Cucumber (London No1 Gin, lime, elderflower cordial, mint, cucumber, tonic water)

Contact: Hush Mayfair | +44 20 7659 1500 

6.) The Merchant House of Fleet Street, City of London

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Absolutely perfect for whisky lovers, The Merchant House of Fleet Street has a constant cocktail menu available, which features an exciting range of whisky cocktails. The bar boasts a collection of over 500 whiskies, focused on the fertile lands of Ireland and the Scottish coastline. Ideal for after work stop-offs and weekend adventures alike, this whiskey hot spot is likely to become a trusty haven you will return to time and time again.

The London Musings recommends: 

  • Dingle Blackcurrant Picking (Dingle Distillery Pot Still Whiskey, Amaro, Blackcurrant, Soda)
  • Karyukai (Smoke Water, Japanese Whisky, Plum Wine)
  • Sea Nor Skye (Skye Whisky, Sea Salt, Seaweed Emulsion)

Contact: Merchant House of Fleet Street | +44 (0) 20 7332 0044

7.) Caravan City, City of London

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Caravan City is a multi-terraced all-day dining restaurant, coffee and cocktail bar with a flexible working and events space. The menus combine signature favourites with new creations, showcasing flavours from around the world, inspired by a lifetime of travel. Expect natural fabrics, raw oak, amber lighting and charcoal steel, a bustling bar, split-level dining rooms, private dining mezzanine space and outdoor terrace overlooking a beautiful water installation.

The London Musings recommends:

  • All Things Nice (King’s Ginger liqueur, orange cognac, overproof rum, chilli & lime)
  • Victory Cocktail (Victory Gin, plum wine, almond & olive, Vermouth, Campari)

Contact: Caravan City | +44 (0) 20 3957 5555

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