Dry January ahead? Here are 5 of the best non-alcoholic cocktails for the teetotal west Londoner
1 La Suite West, Bayswater
This boutique hotel in Bayswater houses one of London’s rapidly-appearing raw-food restaurants. Unsurprisingly, they do mocktails too, including virgin strawberry daiquiris and frozen ‘margaritas’. The £30 five-course tasting menu includes a serving of a booze-free drinks, like the Lemon and Lychee cocktail, the LSW Mojito and Hickory Virgin Mary (pictured above).
41-51 Inverness Terrace W2 3JN; 020 7313 8484; lasuitewest.com
2 K West Hotel & Spa, Shepherds Bush
At the K West Hotel, there are three colourful cocktails available in the Studio Bar: there’s the Gnome’s Juice with muddled strawberries, cranberry juice and strawberry puree, the Berry Delight with pineapple and lime and the K West take on the Cucumber Cooler.
Richmond Way W14 0AX; 020 8008 6600; k-west.co.uk
3 Redemption Bar, Notting Hill
The Coco-Rita at Redemption Bar in Notting Hill has the sophisticated look and sharp taste of a margarita, without the tequila hangover. The drink is mixed with coconut water, agave syrup and a dash of lime juice for £4.75. The food menu – all gluten free, sugar free and vegan friendly – is worth a look too. Redemption Bar opens it’s second location in Shoreditch on 6 January 2016.
6 Chepstow Road W2 5BH; 020 7313 90416; redemptionbar.co.uk
4 Ognisko, South Kensington
Ognisko restaurant is out to change perceptions about Polish food and drink. Naturally, vodka plays a big part in the experience, but it’s not all about the spirits. On the cocktail menu you’ll find a refreshing Apple Mojito and a Mixed Berries Fruit Punch to enjoy with your pork dumplings, both £4.50.
55 Exhibition Road UK SW7 2PN; 020 7589 0101; ogniskorestaurant.co.uk
5 Nipa Thai, Hyde Park
Nipa Thai restaurant at Lancaster London hotel by Hyde Park has a decent list of mocktails to choose from, like the £5 Cucumber Cooler (pictured), a crisp mix of cucumber, lime, mint and lemonade – perfect to help cope with Chef Sanguan Parr’s spicier Thai dishes. The Red Berry Fizz of cranberry juice, peach, grenadine and bitter lemon is very good too.
1st Floor, Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY; 020 7551 6039; niparestaurant.co.uk