Let It Sloe
34 Mayfair is the epitome of elegance this Christmas. They’ve gone above and beyond to deck the halls with a terrace wreathed in garlands of red-berried greenery, Christmas trees adorned with glittering baubles and piles of perfectly wrapped presents inside.
Their festive menu created with Monkey 47 has may delectable delights including Let It Sloe made with Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin, spiced orange liqueur and Rowan Berry Cordial.
34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, London W1K 2HD 34-restaurant.co.uk
If you haven’t been to The Fallow yet, it’s about time we introduced you. It’s one of the most exciting restaurants in London and, better more, it’s sustainably conscious. Piccadilly is a Manhattan-style cocktail combines spicy Sazerac rye whiskey with hibiscus, a blend of vermouths, walnut and Angostura bitters. It’s nutty, fruity, much-alike to a Christmas cake with a warm-fuzzy kick. Just one of these is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
52 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4RP, fallowrestaurant.com
THE BLIND PIG
Jason Atherton’s speakeasy bar, The Blind Pig, has been releasing fairy-tale-inspired cocktail menus throughout the year. The Gingerbread Crush, is inspired by the tale of Hansel and Gretel and is a delightful blend of Buffalo Trace bourbon and barrel-aged genever combined with gingerbread and barley honey syrup, topped with orange bitters and saline solution.
Social Eating House, 58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR, socialeatinghouse.com
Hot Walnut Buttered Rum
Shoreditch’s speakeasy-style bar is one of our favourite destinations for a tipple or two. Their Christmas cocktail offering doesn’t fail to impress and Hot Walnut Buttered Rum is one for those with a sweet tooth. It’s made with Cuban Eminente Reserva 7 Year Old rum and Nightjar’s own walnut butter, a splash of Pedro Ximénez, roasted coffee beans, pecan maple syrup and earthy Ayuuk Empirical Spirit.
129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB, barnightjar.com
Daphne’s is undoubtedly one of the most decadent destinations this season. Dine in their magical conservatory, underneath a canopy of Christmas decorations and enjoy a stunning selection of seasonal cocktails including a Truffle Martini and, our favourite, Snow Globe which is made with Malfy con Arancia Blood Orange Gin, Frangelico, Drambuie and orange bitters.
112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
The Savoy wants to wish you a Merry Fizzmas, with its seasonal It’s Showtime pop-up and we’re here every festive inch of it. The hotel’s Thames Foyer is a vision of red velvet and mirrored baubles with a fabulous little stage centrepiece where guests can become the stars of the show and create fun festive photos and videos.
Champagne Laurent-Perrier is adding theatrical flair to the charm of Thames Foyer. A choice of Champagnes will flow from trolleys holding up mini theatre sets. We suggest you order a glass of pink champagne, from which you’re invited to pop a giant bubble and make a Christmas wish.
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ thesavoylondon.com/
The Naughty List
Whether you’re naughty-or-nice, you deserve to indulge in The Hari’s limited-edition cocktail. The Naughty List is created by the hotel’s dedicated bartender, Giuseppe Abbracciante. A tempting cocktail combining cinnamon-infused Cognac, double cream, Frangelico, gingerbread syrup & grated nutmeg, it’s the perfect festive treat this Christmas.
20 Chesham Pl, London SW1X 8HQ, www.thehari.com/
Isabels is one of our favourite late-night venues in London and the perfect place to dance the night away. Beesou Bee’groni is the ultimate cocktail if you’re looking for something sophisticated with a lower alcohol content. This tasty twist on a classic Negroni combines Beesou, gin and white vermouth.
26 Albemarle St, London W1S 4HY www.isabelw1.london
Jean A Jean
This season, LPM Restaurant & Bar London has added five festive cocktails to their incredible “Recipes for our Friends” cocktail menu. Titled “Greetings to our Friends,” the reimagined menu pays homage to the tradition of sharing greeting cards with your loved ones during the festive season. Each cocktail symbolises a different type of letter, dedicated to the various people in our lives that hold sentimental value. Those looking for something quirky can enjoy Maman, a nod to a letter to Jean Cocteau’s mother. It’s Foie Gras based, symbolic of the luxurious times spent at Christmas. Jean a Jean is a letter to his lovers who all had great influence on him in his lifetime. This cocktail is mulled wine with an LPM twist served either hot or cold.
In addition, when you order a Christmas cocktail, you’ll be given a limited-edition postcard which the restaurant will post on your behalf.
53-54 Brook’s Mews, London W1K 4EG lpmrestaurants.com
OK, the Claridge’s Martini is available year-round but, in all honesty, you’ll feel festive ordering almost anything and their martini is one of the best you’ll find. Claridge’s has one of the most stunning settings this season and the perfect place to treat your loved ones. Their Christmas tree, ‘The Diamond’, is designed by Sandra Choi for Jimmy Choo. The beautiful sculptural creation is made with reflective mirrors magnificently underlined with light. It’s finished with a sparkling bow topper – a nod to Jimmy Choo’s design theme for their winter collection.
Brook Street, London W1K 4HR, www.claridges.co.uk
The Old Flame
If you’re looking for the royal treatment, The Goring is one for you. It was, after all, The late Queen’s favourite hotel in London. Their Christmas tree this year is by Royal Warrant jewellers Garrard who have decked out the tree in replica Tiara’s worn throughout the late Queen’s reign.
The Old Flame timeless twist on an Old Fashioned has been given a fruity new lease of life. Made with Macallan double cask, a homemade pomegranate reduction and olive essence, this seasonal cocktail is truly unique.
15 Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW www.thegoring.com/
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