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The name of this swanky cocktail bar at the St Martin's Lane Hotel seems about right. It's a low-lit, intimate little spot almost hidden from the hotel's lobby – blink and you'll miss it. Access is through a concealed door behind the hotel's tea counter, and tea features across the cocktail list. Signatures include a gin, peach and bergamot smash (Beefeater gin, peach liqueur, Earl Grey tea and fresh mint), a Scotch, coconut and green tea old fashioned, and a negroni infused with pine needle tea. Classics range from house martinis and manhattans to a cognac sazerac made with Hennessy Fine de Cognac and La Fee absinthe. And to eat? Expect Asian-influenced bar snacks such as Thai chilli crackers, crispy chilli beef sliders, chicken satay skewers and hirata steamed buns filled with pork belly, pickled vegetables and Asian herbs.
Venue says: “Try our Speakeasy Cocktail for £35, which includes a flight of tea infused cocktails. Perfect for all cake and cocktail lovers.”