If you have your fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in London, you will have noticed that this week has been London Cocktail Week, and until Sunday you can purchase a £10 wristband which entitles you to £5 cocktails in some of the best bars in London. Whether your preference is a Chocolate Old Fashioned at Gymkhana in Mayfair, or a Marsala Martini at Bar Termini in Soho, this is your week to experience something new, wonderful and maybe even a bit weird in the world of cocktails. I couldn’t let London Cocktail Week pass us by without imparting some of our (extremely well-versed, alcoholic) knowledge on cocktail venues in our local surrounding areas. The Davis Brown office is lucky enough to be situated in one London’s most happening neighbourhoods – Fitzrovia, where we are spoilt for choice for places to eat, drink and be merry!
So where on earth do you start?! Let’s start with Rev JW Simpson on Goodge Street. Firstly, it’s not easy to find. Secondly you will need to make several trips to try all of the delicious and deadly concoctions! There’s a great history behind this bar – it used to be a brothel and the décor hasn’t changed much since! A must-try cocktail is the French Martini (suggested by Davis Brown’s Francophile Sarah-Jane), Chambord, vodka, fresh pineapple juice & raspberry liqueur. (note to self: MUST visit Rev JW Simpson).
Next we have Ice Bar on Heddon St. A completely different vibe! Rumour has it you are given a faux fur coat on arrival. Our cocktail of choice there is a Summer Breeze (ironic) with vodka, cranberry and grapefruit. Georgie our Commercial Property & Investment Agent wants to let you know “It’s really cool!” Nice one Georgie….
London Gin Club on Great Chapel Street, W1 – a visit is imperative if you are a fan of gin (so says David-one of our Valuers.). Gin has overtaken vodka in popularity in recent years and you will understand why when you taste their gin fusions.
Next up we have the Covent Garden Cocktail Club. It’s a member’s only bar, but membership is …wait for it…free! It’s a clever idea as it stops people coming in off the street which means it never gets too crowded. John our graduate Surveyor ….says the Buck ‘n Grind (their version of the Espresso Martini) is second to none, and if you get there at the right time you can bag yourself a BOGOF!
Another bar/restaurant that does the perfect negroni (Campari, gin, vermouth) is Remedy in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia. A Mediterranean hideaway with amazing food to follow your favourite aperitif!