London’s most Instagrammable cocktails
With London home to some of the most aesthetically pleasing tipples on the planet, here are our top picks of the most eye-catching cocktails the capital has to offer, essential for raking in the likes on the next Instagram post.
The Watermelon Mojito at Skylight
Soaring above London’s ever-instagrammable skyline, Skylight rooftop at Tobacco Dock boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, lawn games, screens, DJs and an unrivalled view over some of London’s hotspots. Re-opening earlier this month, Skylight has launched its summer cocktail menu featuring the deliciously refreshing Watermelon Mojito, perfect for sipping and snapping a pic. This colourful and sweet concoction combines Bacardi Carta Blanca with Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Watermelon and Mint Leaves (£9.50).
Address: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, Wapping, E1W2SF
Like A Bird at Vijay’s Bar
Named after a 19th century Mumbai gangster and resting above Indian restaurant Lockhandwala, Vijay’s Bar provides an opulent and atmospheric haven to drink in. Inspired by the lovelorn story of Vijay and his aristocrat lover Lady Charlotte of Fitzrovia, the Like A Bird cocktail is the ultimate photogenic treat. This creative concoction combines Hendrick`s Gin, Blood Orange, Organic White Wine, Orgeat Syrup, Peach Liqueur and is served in a bird shaped glass elegantly presented in a gilt iron cage, ensuring no filter is needed (£12).
Address: Lokhandwala, 93 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T4PY
Horror Quartet at American Bar
The world – renowned American Bar at The Savoy is known for its imaginative twists on classic drinks. Their latest cocktail menu, significantly titled ‘Every Moment Tells A Story’ is based on Terry O’Neill’s black and white photography that has adorned the bar walls since the 1980s. The menu includes the Horror Quartet, a terrifying tipple which is inspired by a photo of Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and John Carradine in a publicity shot for Pete Walker’s 1982 comedy horror ‘House of the Long Shadows. This work of art combines Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky, truffle honey, mezcal, cinnamon Angostura bitters, hay, Rin Quin Quin, and is presented on a coaster that has been specially designed to emulate the shutter of a camera (£50).
Address: Strand, WC2R0EZ
Blake Swizzle at Bobby Fitzpatrick’s
West Hampstead’s characterful and unapologetically retro bar Bobby Fitzpatrick has rum and cocktails at its core, alongside playful pizza offerings. The venue is camera ready, featuring whimsical 1970s décor such as shag carpet and autographed pictures of 70s icons. Providing the perfect snap, sip and share experience, the drinks list offers an extensive selection of white, golden and dark rums inspired by Bobby’s travels in The Caribbean and includes the delicious Blake Swizzle, a delicate balance of chilli-spiced rum with triple sec, lime, sugar and sweet vanilla (£8).
Address: 273 West End Lane, NW61QS
Shake & Bake at The Cocktail Trading Co
As part of its ‘Afternoon Par-Tea’ menu, where afternoon tea classics are ingeniously reimagined in cocktail form, The Cocktail Trading Co have created the delightful Shake & Bake. Presented in true CTC style the cocktail consists of Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum, almond-mandarin sherbet and bitters, shaken, served on the rocks & garnished with a Mr Kipling finger cake. The cocktail is available to try at CTC’s ‘Afternoon Par-Tea’ which takes place on the first and last Saturday of each month.
Address: 68 Bethnal Green Road, E16GQ