Overwhelmed by cocktail menu choices when you’re out in bars? Stick to the classics with our pick of west London’s best signature drinks
1 Bar Boulud
Signature Cocktail: White Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan, made famous by being the drink of choice by Carrie and the girls in Sex and the City, is a staple in cocktail bars around the world. Bar Baulud in Knightsbridge however has created a stunning variation on the classic that truly sets it apart from the rest. Made with Imperial Silver Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur Lime Juice and White Cranberry, is beautifully presented with a frozen orchid inside a floating ice ball in the drink itself, adding a bit of colour and making it very eye catching and a gorgeous twist on a standard cocktail.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge SW1 7LA barboulud.com
2 Kensington Roof Gardens – Babylon
Signature Cocktail: Solera Old Fashioned
High up on the 7th floor of Kensington Roof Gardens in the Babylon restaurant, you can enjoy the impressive views of London’s skyline while sipping on their delicious Solera Old Fashioned. Winning 2nd place in Yelp’s “Best Cocktail in London” award, this signature cocktail is a take on the Classic Old Fashioned cocktail. Made with Zacapa 23 (an aged Guatemalan Rum), Orange liqueur, bitter cacao liqueur and sticky Pedro sherry, and served with ice and garnished with an orange peel, an orange brûlée crisp and a chunk of dark chocolate, it definitely earns it’s moniker of one of the best cocktails in London.
99 Kensington High St, LondonW8 5SA, roofgardens.virgin.com
3 The Churchill Bar & Terrace
Signature Cocktail: Churchill Martini
According to various sources, Sir Winston Churchill enjoyed his martini without vermouth, and has been quoted saying “Glance at the vermouth bottle briefly while pouring the juniper distillate freely.” Given this, it seems only logical that The Church & Bar Terrace recreate the Famous Prime Minister’s beloved drink as their signature cocktail. Made with the Churchill Bar’s very own Churchill Craft Gin, you can sit back and enjoy your martini exactly like the man himself would have enjoyed it.
30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH, london.churchill.hyatt.co.uk
4 North Audley Cantine
Signature Cocktail: Breakfast in Notting Hill
If you are looking for a cocktail with a difference, head to North Audley Cantine in Mayfair and try their signature cocktail, Breakfast in Notting Hill. This beautiful looking contains Portobello Road Gin which is then infused in-house with Earl grey Tea, and home-made Apricot Jam with a splash of lemon served on the Rocks in a wine glass. While it might sound like a strange combination, this tasty cocktail will blurs the line between a proper English breakfast and a great night out.
41 North Audley Street W1K 6ZP, naclondon.co.uk
5 The Connaught Bar
Signature Cocktail: Mulata Daisy
There’s something rather classic and old-fashioned about The Connaught Bar’s signature cocktail, the Multa Daisy. With the contrast between the rim of cocoa powder along the champagne coupe and the golden mixture of light rum, lime juice, Crème de Cacao and Galliano this delicious drink easily transports you back to the age of jazz and flapper dresses.
Connaught Hotel, 16 Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL, the-connaught.co.uk