New London Bars and Pop-Ups

Summer 2013

We have compiled a list of new London bars and pop-up events that we think would be of interest to our readers over the coming months.

Travel around the world with Mr Fogg’s in Mayfair or on the great Indian peninsula railway or stay in London and take in the view at Aqua Shard or the Sky Lounge. Do you have your own favourite new bar? Comment below to inform us!

Mr Fogg’s, Mayfair

Travel around the world via Mayfair at Mr Fogg’s, a new bar designed to recreate the home of the fictional character, Phileas Fogg. Mr Fogg’s is the latest project from Inception Group, who are also behind Chelsea speakeasy bar, Barts, among other venues.

Mr Fogg’s is filled with artefacts and trinkets that the explorer might have collected on his travels, while a piano and an open fireplace create a welcoming, homely atmosphere.

The bar is under the direction of Mark Jenner, (formerly Bar Manager of The Coburg bar at The Connaught Hotel), so cocktails are inventive and well executed.

The Rum Shack at The Skylounge

If you’re looking for a rooftop bar near Tower Hill, head 12 floors up to the Skylounge at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. With 2 rooftop terraces with the Gherkin and The Shard within touching distance, this is a great find for the summer months.

For the summer of 2013, the south roof terrace has a pop-up Rum Shack with mojitos, daiquiris and sangria available by the jug alongside wines and beer. The Rum Shack has a casual vibe with drinks, food and tables designed for sharing.

Aqua Shard

One of our favourite new London bars, you enter Aqua Shard on the 32nd floor of The Shard and are immediately greeted by a spectacular double heighted ceiling and a dramatic staircase.

Aqua Shard

Head one floor down to the bar and pick any seat as each one will give you truly mesmerising views of London from all directions. While the view should be enough, we’re happy to report of a good cocktail list, a lovely range of wines and absolutely delightful service.

5CC Cocktail Bar

Looking for somewhere refreshingly different to go for a drink? Take a trip to trendy Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market and venture upstairs in the Exmouth Arms to the 5cc Cocktail Bar.  Hidden away on the first floor, 5cc can be found all the way down the wooden corridor, giving it an illicit, stealthy feel.

The American prohibition vibe, the beautifully restored shutters and the brown leather banquettes all make for a splendidly different drinking experience.

Mixologist Piyush Chavda has crafted a superbly original selection of cocktails, including the Forgotten Range which consists of individual, self-pour vintage perfume bottles that are housed in an original apothecary cabinet.

We opted for the aromatic Li Chi – lychee liqueur and raspberries, blended with coconut rum, and the Lavender Fizz – home-infused gin and lavender sugar, shaken with egg white.

Menu Deluxe at Harrods

Luxury Knightsbridge department store, Harrods, is offering a sumptuous ‘Menu Deluxe’ at several of the store’s restaurants.  Various luxury gourmet dishes made using the very best ingredients will be priced at £100 each until 14th September.

We sampled the seafood platter, which included lobster, king prawns, sea bream, battered cod and scallops – divine!

Other options include a Josper-grilled Wagyu côte de boeuf with green peppercorn sauce, béarnaise sauce, spring sautéed vegetables and truffle mashed potato, carved at the table by the maître d’ whilst enjoying a chilled glass of Champagne on the Harrods Terrace.

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