Midnight Apothecary

Things to do, Food and drink events Brunel Museum , Rotherhithe Saturday September 2 2017 - Saturday September 30 2017
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Midnight Apothecary

Sip cocktails made from foraged ingredients, pile round campfires, toasting marshmallows, tuck into Greek street food and venture into the Brunel tunnel - a giant subterranean concert hall - at this quirky cocktail takeover at the Brunel Museum's rooftop garden. To mark Totally Thames festival, on Fridays and Saturdays in September, they'll be serving up the specially commissioned cocktail ‘Sweet Thames’. Find out more here.


Venue name: Brunel Museum
Address: Railway Avenue
SE16 4LF
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Rail: Rotherhithe Overground
Price: £5
Event website: http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/events/midnight-apothecary-2/
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Midnight Apothecary runs from May to September.

I missed it last summer, so absolutely wanted to do it this year!

Maybe it was because of the weather which was not great last Friday, but I was a bit disappointed.

The concept is really great; I can’t deny it - fire camp with marshmallow in a middle of a small and cute garden. The cocktails are good, original and I like the look they have.

But once you got your cocktail and have grilled your first marshmallow, the magic stop and Cinderella’s coach is back to a pumpkin.

I am happy I tried, but this was not as good as I was expecting.


A much smaller and intimate outside bar than I expected and luckily for my friend and I arrived early so were able to nab seating round the camp fire.

MA isn't quite what I would define as a rooftop bar however technically it is; a herb garden on top of the roof of the Brunnel tunnel... Just don't expect a view. 

The rooftop is beautifully done, with a small campfire, marshmallows available to toast, lots of beautiful herbs and flowers and a little bar selling beautiful cocktails containing flowers and herbs from the garden.

Fantastic Greek food is also available from a local street food vendor - I would thoroughly recommend the feta pitta. 

Make sure you go on the hourly tour of the tunnel - the eccentric actor does it justice and it's actually very interesting even after work on a Friday! 

What is essential is good weather as there is no shelter on the roof top. You'll want plenty of cash as well or alternatively a few more bars lined up! Annnnd you'll need to book - don't just turn up as it was very busy by 6.30pm.

I was reluctantly dragged along to this for my friend's birthday last weekend and ended up having such a good night I wanted to share it. I forgot about the chilly weather when I was toasting marshmallows around a fire and drinking amazing concoctions made from plants and herbs in the garden. It's like nothing else I've found in London. Five stars!

A great little place that I really enjoy visiting! The bar is seasonal so it's closed for most of the winter (boo!) but it's a great spot for enjoying the delicious cocktails in the garden. The staff couldn't be more friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and happy. Would deffo recommend!

Came here with my friend last night and my only disappointment was that it's closing soon! Amazing cocktails that look as good as they taste, brilliant staff and a magical garden that's like falling down the rabbit hole! Anyone who slates this place are out of their minds - it's a hidden gem!!

Strong drinks and a magical garden. I found this bar to be absolutely enchanting. Nothing like what other reviews have described. The place was thriving, strangers sat and befriended each other for the night amongst beautiful scenery and some of the best drinks I have ever tried. I had two and had to have a soft drink to pace myself. Simply a delight.


The small garden on top of the tunnel is set in a lovely quaint part of London - so having a small green space growing wild is not such a surprise as it is on the Southbank.  We were there on a lovely summer's evening and were all in a somewhat convivial mood yet when we entered the garden area, it was strangely quiet - disappointment already in the air, on reflection.  The talk given in the somewhat bare tunnel was interesting but the small cocktails sold in the garden were a ripoff and not even enjoyable.  I thought this would be an interesting addition to my birthday pub crawl but was very disappointed.

I was looking forward to the concept of Midnight Apothecary - cocktails in a summer garden with an open fire, but the reality was very disappointing. The garden is small and rather cramped, there's not much room to sit and then only on rickety planks, and though the fire is a nice feature, on a hot evening it was unbearable to sit nearby

Worst was the overpriced £8 cocktails. I ordered an interesting-sound pine gin and smoked sage martini, which tasted faintly of washing-up water. Between our party we sampled five cocktails, and they all mostly tasted of the small plastic cups they came in. Definitely the worst cocktails I've ever had in London.

On top of £8 cocktails we paid £5 entry, which presumably covers entrance to the museum (normally £6). The museum is an empty shed, and the much touted "descent" into the shaft is little more than a flight of stairs down to a circular hole in the ground, with a staff member giving a talk about the project, accompanied by the rumble of trains passing beneath. After which we left, having spent nearly £80 between six of us.

Given the great concept, it's very disappointing. It needs a better location with a larger or more comfortable garden, and decent tasting cocktails for the price, not served in small nasty cups that make everything taste of plastic.