Dukes Bar, St James’ Place
Dubbed by the New York Times as “The hotel bar which some say concocts one of the world’s best Martinis”, Dukes Bar’s signature cocktail, ‘89 St James’, arrived deconstructed sur trolley, recommended served in an iced martini glass swiftly pulled from the freezer. The cocktail was invented by Dukes in tandem with Floris perfumery. A generous squirt of rose liqueur sprayed from an Edwardian-style cut glass atomiser perfume bottle completed the almost over-brimming flared glass’s contents of South American tonka beans, Sacred Dukes Exclusive Amber Vermouth, Stolichnaya Elite, Mozart chocolate bitters. Stirred not shaken.
The Donovan Bar, Browns Hotel, Albermarle Street
The establishment is currently under renovation but, do not be perturbed, as the Donovan Bar are still serving their famously good cocktail list. Our inquisitiveness was rewarded and, having perused the menu, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, drew our attention, with a twist of red grapefruit. The slightly perfumed blend demanded slow sipping, and with a shot of tonic water on ice, made for the perfect long drink.
The Rivoli Bar, The Ritz
“there are already too many rules to remember in life…If you love it [your cocktail ] a certain way, that’s what makes it the most memorable and perfect drink of all”.
Alexandra Kate and Nicholas Wells