Sip and Savor: A Cocktail Connoisseur's Journey through London's Mixology Scene

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Lizz Callaway

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  • London

  • England

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Curator’s statement

London has earned a well-deserved reputation as a global hub for mixology, where innovative bartenders push the boundaries of creativity and craft. As a cocktail enthusiast, I've been captivated by the city's vibrant and ever-evolving cocktail scene. Join me on this curated itinerary as we explore hidden speakeasies, rooftop bars with stunning views and the finest establishments where London's mixologists craft exquisite libations, ensuring an unforgettable experience for cocktail lovers.

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Day 1: Clandestine Cocktails

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Start your day with a visit to The Breakfast Club in Soho, a quirky café that hides a secret bar behind a refrigerator door. Enjoy a delicious brunch before stepping into a bygone era of clandestine drinking.

In the afternoon, explore Covent Garden and make your way to the Blind Spot, a hidden speakeasy nestled inside a luxury tea shop. Indulge in expertly crafted cocktails inspired by the British tea trade.

Evening: Journey to The Vault at Milroy's, a clandestine cocktail bar concealed within an iconic whiskey shop. Savor their extensive selection of whiskey-based cocktails and soak in the intimate, speakeasy ambiance.

Day 2: Rooftop Drinks

St-Paul's Cathedral in London

Visit Sky Garden, a lush urban oasis offering stunning views of the city. Start your day with breakfast or brunch accompanied by breathtaking vistas from this unique rooftop destination.

In the afternoon, head to Madison Rooftop Bar, located atop One New Change near St. Paul's Cathedral. Enjoy a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea while taking in panoramic views of the city's skyline.

Evening: Take in the sunset at the Queen of Hoxton's Rooftop Bar, a trendy spot known for its vibrant atmosphere and creative cocktails. Enjoy live music, DJ sets and stunning views of the city as you sip on expertly crafted libations.

Day 3: Mixology Class

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Join a mixology masterclass at the Cocktail Trading Company in Bethnal Green. Learn the art of cocktail making from expert bartenders and enjoy hands-on experience creating your own signature concoctions.

In the afternoon, visit Scout, a sustainable cocktail bar in Shoreditch known for its locally sourced ingredients and innovative techniques. Allow the skilled mixologists to create bespoke cocktails tailored to your preferences.

Evening: Indulge in an immersive cocktail experience at Mr. Fogg's Residence, a Victorian-themed bar inspired by the fictional adventurer Phileas Fogg. Enjoy their extensive menu of classic and inventive cocktails in an ambiance reminiscent of the bygone era of exploration.

Day 4: Gin City

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Embark on a gin adventure at the City of London Distillery. Take a guided tour of the distillery and learn about the history and production of gin. End the tour with a tasting session of their handcrafted gins.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the world of gin at the Ginstitute in Notting Hill. Attend a gin blending session and create your own bespoke gin, tailored to your unique taste preferences.

Evening: Visit Graphic Bar, a trendy gin-focused bar in Soho. Explore their extensive gin collection and indulge in creative gin-based cocktails crafted by their knowledgeable mixologists.

Day 5: Cheers!

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Start your day with a visit to Oriole, an underground bar in Smithfield Market. Experience their exotic cocktail menu, inspired by the flavors and spirits of the old world.

In the afternoon, venture out to Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown, a hidden gem known for its inventive libations and stylish ambiance. Allow their skilled bartenders to surprise you with their creative concoctions.

Evening: Conclude your cocktail adventure at Happiness Forgets, an intimate basement bar in Hoxton. Enjoy their ever-changing menu of expertly crafted cocktails in a laid-back and unpretentious atmosphere.

Need to Know

For more London travel tips, check out my guide Indulge in London's Gastronomic Delights: A Foodie's Guide to a Luxurious Local Experience.

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