Renny Bartlett’s documentary does a good job of explaining the science while at the same time, analysing the man – words like misanthrope and even psychopath crop up from time to time. Many of the more revelatory passages of the film come courtesy of personal papers rescued and purchased by economist John Maynard Keynes. These documents reveal that Newton had a little-considered sideline in heresy and alchemy too. ‘Not the first of the age of reason,’ reckoned Keynes. ‘The last of the magicians.’
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: “Introducing a limited edition cocktail, the Dark Rum Blinder, to celebrate the exciting Dark Rum collection from our partners Malin + Goetz.”