Jared Brown, drinks historian and Sipsmith master distiller, picks his top five London bars and pubs.
1. Peters & Co. Gin Palace, London Fields
Anyone that sells a Nutella negroni has got my vote. This Broadway market bar has a very expressive cocktail range that is predominantly gin-led (although don’t forget to try the daiquiri line-up). The food is top-notch (try the pan-fried wood pigeon – it’s stunning) and the crowd are great fun. You won’t be able to leave without someone chatting about their cocktail or quizzing you on yours, which is always a laugh.
2. 214 Bermondsey, Bermondsey
Tucked away at the bottom of Bermondsey Street, 214 has a fantastically curated collection for the gin aficionado, with a fantastic G&T Flight that includes our very own V.J.O.P gin.
3. Bar Termini, Leicester Square
Another knockout blow from none other than Tony Conigliario. Petite but perfectly proportioned, this hideaway in the middle of Soho’s mayhem has become an absolute must-stop. If all station terminal drinking houses were like this we would all be far more gracious in accepting our incessant train delays! Just in case it’s not a classic style cocktail you’re after, they have outstanding coffee to boot! The pink peppercorn negroni is unmissable.
4. Princess Victoria, Uxbridge Road
A west London favourite. Princess Victoria combines all of my needs in one spot: gorgeous open space, a gin palace style bar with some splendid rotating London cask brews, knockout food to rival any more formal establishment, including the Sunday roast to end all Sunday roasts. Love this joint.
5. 510 Below, Fulham
510 Below is another gin-forward establishment, but a rarity for a cocktail bar in the Fulham area. Joseph and his team have created a beautiful little home away from home. Buried under a local favourite, Manuka Kitchen, it’s a gem of a spot. And yes, I’m going to recommend another gin cocktail: the Pink Vesper is thoroughly enjoyable little number. A great spot pre- or post-dinner.
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