Hot winter cocktails
Posted: Tue Dec 18 2007
London best spots for hot cocktailsBackground I Recipes
Bluebird pop–up barThis twinkly alfresco bar will be serving winter warmers and cold Smirnoff cocktails throughout the Christmas period.Bluebird, 350 King’s Rd, SW3 5UU (020 7559 1000/www.bluebird-restaurant.com) Sloane Square tube then 11, 19, 22, 49 or 319 bus.
BoisdaleBoisdale bar-restaurants are noted for their extensive whisky collections, so they’re a good place to go looking for a hot toddy or three. Boisdale, 15 Eccleston St, SW1W 9LX. 020 7730 6922/www.boisdale.co.uk) Victoria tube/rail.
The HideThis friendly bar is passionate about the history of drink, with a regularly changing cocktail list full of forgotten classic cocktails, old favourites and original recipes. There’s even a library of vintage cocktail books to browse.The Hide, 39-45 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF (020 7403 6655/www.thehidebar.com) London Bridge tube/rail.
The Library at The LanesboroughStyled in the manner of a luxurious gentleman’s club, a night at this bar will set you back a few bob, but the beautifully made cocktails make it a great place for a special occasion.The Library, The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA (020 7259 5599) Hyde Park Corner tube.
The MarquessTucked away down a leafy Canonbury side-street, The Marquess gastropub majors on the best of British food and drink.The Marquess, 32 Canonbury St, N1 2TB (020 7354 2975) Angel tube or Highbury & Islington tube/rail.
Pinchito TapasThis stylish update on the traditional tapas bar does top-notch cocktails without any of the pretension (or outrageous prices) that often go with the territory.Pinchito Tapas, 32 Featherstone St, EC1Y 8QX (020 7490 0121) Old St tube/rail.
PrismFormerly a banking hall, Prism is now run by the Harvey Nichols catering wing and houses two bars and a restaurant serving some very sophisticated fare to a flush City clientele.Prism, 147 Leadenhall St, EC3V 4QT (020 7256 3875) Bank tube/DLR.
The RakeThis tiny pub in Borough Market is a beer-lover’s delight, stocking more than 100 beers from around the world as well as half a dozen changing ales on draught, and a host of ciders.The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG (020 7407 0557) London Bridge tube/rail.