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Dec 23, 2007 03:49 AM

Best signature cocktails in London?

A strange request, I know. I'm looking for (decent) cocktails that are unique to / created by / named after the London bar / venue they're served in.

Particularly looking for cocktail bars with innovative concoctions in the West End - Soho, WC1, Covent Garden, Holborn, Piccadilly Circus, etc.

Random recommendations for excellent cocktail bars equally welcome.

Here are some of the best signature cocktails I've discovered so far:

Jewel Bar's 'Jewel In The Crown' - an exotic blend of Finlandia vodka, melon and passion fruit liqueurs, fresh lemon and cranberry juice.

The Pigalle Club (Picadilly Circus)- Golden Pigalle martini - an intoxicating blend of Galliano, crème de cacao and milk, finished with a dusting of cinnamon.

Detroit (Covent Garden) - the Detropolitan - citrus vodka, cointreau, cassis, cranberry juice, lime juice.

The Electric Birdcage (Haymarket) - Electric Iced Tea - our version of an age old drink Absolut Vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Bacardi 8, Jose Cuervo Tequila, triple sec, Chambord, lemon juice with a dash of gomme syrup, topped up with champagne.

Any other cocktail afficionados out there?

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  1. The Hawksmoor is known for their cocktails. Might be worth giving a call over there? Another likely place is Lounge Lover in Shoreditch.

    1. The martini in the bar at the Duke's Hotel is legendary.

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      1. re: DavidT

        Great call - completely agree. The Fifty Club, also on St James, poached the head bartender at the Dukes, Salvatore, and created a new martini bar imaginatively called "Salvatore's". However, the Dukes martini is still as good as before. Just don't have more than 2, you will be on the ground. Also, always use Plymouth gin.

        1. re: Will125

          I am pretty sure Salvatore Calabrese was at The Library Bar at The Lanesborough Hotel rather than Dukes (certainly he was all the times I went in there), but I agree Dukes still makes an excellent Martini. I hover between Plymouth and Beefeater, both excellent for mixing.

          For general mixing, I think No1 The Aldwych remains very solid

          1. re: Withnail42

            Thanks for your help ChowPeople. Looks like I'll be making a trip to Dukes - a wonderful excuse for a martini, as if one were needed!

            1. re: DollyDagger

              What about that place called "The Player"? It's somewhere in Soho (maybe) and it's literally underground. Very good, freshly made cocktails with excellent ingredients.


        2. That Detropolitan sounds like a Metropolitan.