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The Martini One -

Afternoon MarTEAni at DUKES Hotel

A three-martini lunch? Now you’re talking. It might sound like you need to have a titanium liver to get through the afternoon without going sideways, but the Martinis in question are miniatures. Anyone who’s got through 2 of Alessandro’s legendary Martinis at Duke’s will understand. There’s still all the quality – this is DUKES baby, home of the Martini. Each of the East Indian Company gin cocktails have been designed to pair with part of the meal. Think crisp clarity of the lemon twist classic is alongside sarnies. Marmalade Martinis with warm scones, and finally there’s the First Romance Tea martini. Now this kind of romance we approve of. It’s made with vermouth that’s infused using The East India Company’s First Romance Tea – a black tea with fruits and flower petals. Sip while you indulge in handmade pastries like a peanut chocolate delice and doughnut praline and congratulations, consider us wooed. £42.50 per person. dukeshotel.com

The Sweetie Pie -

TEA TOTAL at The Perception at W London

We know, ‘Tea Total’ doesn’t exactly sound the most spirited affair when it comes to boozy occasions. But chill your boots, because the peeps at The Perception at W are just entertaining themselves with some witty word play. The TEA TOTAL experience is in fact anything but - consisting of several crystallised shots from their latest cocktail menu, paired with ‘experiential English garden inspired sweet creations’. Think treasure chests hiding edible treats. Our fave? The Pull the Pin is made with Patron Silver, Aperol, maraschino, British strawberry and lime, and is intended to be sunk with the Every Cloud – their version of carrot cake that’s been sandwiched between two fluffy meringue clouds. Far out. £37 per person or alternatively £42 per person including a glass of Prosecco www.theperceptionbar.com

The Japanese-inspired One -

Onodera Ochakai Japanese Afternoon Tea at Ginza Onodera

Sure, it’s a mouthful. But not nearly as much a mouthful as you’re going to be taking when you’re presented with more Asian-inspired treats than you can shake a chopstick at. Ginza Onodera is stylish AF. They’re waving sayonara to the sarnies and ushering in umami-packed Japanese treats. Chicken karaage, wagyu beef sliders and seared salmon tataki. No you’re salivating. But enough food chat – let’s get down to the business of booze. The sweet thing about this Afternoon Tea is that you can get busy with Champagne, matcha tea, or cocktails. We’re not trying to sway you but their Japanese version of a Bramble, the Panacea #2 (Sake, Elderflower Gin, Crème de Mure, Apricot palinka, Lime) is top. Or get your game face on and opt for the Blood and Walnut’s Sand. This epic cocktail of Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve stirred with bittersweet liqueur and with black walnut bitter isn’t for the faint hearted, and boy does it pack a helluva punch.

£35 each for Afternoon Tea with cocktails.

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The Good Time Gathering One –

Afternoon Par-Tea from Cocktail Trading Co

There ain’t no party like a liquor-laced afternoon tea party – at least that’s the sentiment of the Cocktail Trading Co boys. If you fancy a boozy bash that involves pop classics, finger sandwiches, and cocktails garnished with Mr Kipling cakes, then this is one invitation you don’t want to turn down. Taking place on the first and last Sunday of each month, guests can expect more colourful concoctions, cheesy tunes and flamboyant fun. You’ll find BarChick shaking it to Shaggy (guilty pleasure, okay?) while getting our green on with the Cucumber Manwich. It’s green tea infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, cucumber and Galia melon juice, served long with Suze bitters and a solid spritz of bubbles. Tickets £35 per person thecocktailtradingco.co.uk

The Espresso Martini One –

High Coffee at Park Lane InterContinental

Forget the Afternoon ‘Tea’ concept… this bling hotel is bowling on in and unashamedly replacing the classic drink for coffee. Music to our ears. Start your High Coffee experience with a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini – a sweet yet saucy number, think cocktail equivalent of Shakira. Time for the sandwiches – shove your cucumber, because here we’re talking smoked eel on a beetroot brioche roll, and free-range chicken on buttermilk bread. Hot savouries follow (wild mushroom and tumble weed might sound out there but trust us). Then it’s on to the sweet stuff - including scones, a lemongrass and lime crème brûlée, and a goddamn Bailey’s Chocolate Éclair. But this isn’t all. Your caffeine kick is completed with a Caffé Corretto – a shot of espresso with grappa or some other liquor. BarChick recommends finding somewhere to go dancing that evening – you’re gonna have a lot of energy to expel. Shake it, baby. 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How, we hear you gasp? Through the power of Cocktails In The City, that’s how. For anyone not familiar with the concept – prepare to have your tiny minds blown. This highlight in the summer cocktail calendar brings together a total of 25 bars, touting some bloody brilliant serves, in the midst of sun-soaked Bedford Square Gardens. Over one weekend. Getting merry in the sun just got a whole lot easier, so here are some tips for making the most of Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August – aka Cocktails in the City. Get your ticket: For £20, you get access to all these banging bars as well as a cocktail of your choice. Avoid the shame/heart-wrenching sorrow of being denied entry and grab yours here. Select your spirit Not only have 25 bars gathered for the purpose of getting you slightly sauced, but each one’s partnered with a killer booze brand to create a signature serve that will blow your socks off. 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New Tasting Rooms Journey hosted by 31Dover.com Cocktails in the City’s partner - and BarChick’s favourite one-stop-online-booze shop - 31Dover.com will be hosting The Tasting Rooms, an immersive tasting pop-up offering ‘a sensory journey through flavour, texture and aroma’. Let’s face it, anything with ‘sensory’ in the description sounds pretty damn erotic. We like the sound of being ‘immersed in flavours’ – it sounds like a spa treatment but with booze instead of holistic oils.  Taste your way through awesome bottles you might not have got your paws on yet and learn from the pros as they fill you in on new products that should be on your radar (or booze shelf). Get a taste of the tropics with this new tiki haven: You’ve rolled up with the crew and they’re looking at you for expertise, show your cocktail credentials by leading everyone to Laki Kane. 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Hot newcomers

Startle your friends with your superior cocktail knowledge by nailing drinks at these new bars. Savage Garden Opened: 25th June Nothing to do with the 90s pop duo (sadly), everything to do with Instagram-worthy cocktails that have an experimental twist. This rooftop bar channels urban grit – graffiti, stone and metal give it that ‘derelicte’ effect. Cocktail names are on the wild side, so take a date and ask if they fancy a ‘Horny Beast.’ 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals Opened: 26th July Botanically-inspired beverages in a two-storey townhouse, decked out with ferns, fronds, and fancy flora galore - what’s not to love? Hello Instagram. Embrace plant power by heading to the fourth installment of the adored Mr Fogg’s cocktail bars –even the new menu is seductively named ‘The Secret Language of Flowers.’ Lush in every sense of the word. 48 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1QQ   BOTTLES wine bar Opened: 6th July Wine, wine and more wine – if this is music to your ears, then BOTTLES is the place to be. Leave the snobbery at the door - this chilled space for people to kick back and enjoy over 180 different varieties of the grape stuff - although maybe not in one sitting. Sounding dangerous? Order some delicious Italian nibbles to soak up all that vino. Hangover avoided (maybe). 67 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA  

Grab these while you can

Like Love Island contestants post-show celebrity-status’, they’re not going to be around for long. Make the most of these limited edition cocktail pop ups! Aperitivo Hour with Italicus at SkyGarden Booze and heights – not generally a great combo, until you add Fenchurch Terrace to the equation. This bar with a killer London view (37 floors up in SkyGarden FYI) has partnered with BarChick favourite Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, so you can sip pre-dinner delights like a Negroni Bianco, take in the scenery, and play the game of ‘which direction is my flat in’. 1 Sky Garden Walk London, EC3M 8AF St-Germain cocktails at Dalloway Terrace Things we love that are French – croissants; kissing; St-Germain Elderflower liqueur and the mesmerizing Madame behind it.. Thankfully, at least one of these things can be found at the newly revamped Dalloway Terrace - sit back beneath the froth of flowers, order yourself the likes of a St-Germain Spritz from their special summer menu, and congratulate yourself on how sophisticated you feel. 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN BBC Proms Cocktails at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie Ah, the BBC Proms. If you’re a fan they’re a great chance to listen to some dope music – if not, you’ll just end up feeling pretty uncultured. Perk yourself up by ordering the Classical Lady and Strawberry Symphony from The Ivy Kensington Brasserie. You’ll feel more refined after a cocktail, promise. 96 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4SG 34 Mayfair becomes 34 Mexico with Licoreria Limantour You’re hot, you’re testy, you want a hit of alcohol to counteract the fact you just spent a tube journey jammed under some guy’s sweaty armpit… get your fiesta face on and go loco at 34 Mayfair. Legendary Mexican bar, Licoreria Limantour is bringing the party with 10 special cocktails, served over a total of 34 hours. Sounds like a challenge, no? 6-10th August, from 5pm – 11:48pm 34 Mayfair, 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD

Bookings of the boozy kind

Though we want to pretend that sitting in our pants in front of a fan, drinking gins in tins straight from the freezer, is a hobby – it doesn’t fly. Get out of the house and into the spirit of things with these events. Cointreau Brunch at South Place Hotel Date: Sunday 12th and 19th August Bottomless Prosecco and avo on toast are so last summer – in this heat-wave it’s all about channeling the tropical vibes of Acapulco (minus any suspicious budgie smugglers) and getting stuck into a Margarita to start your Sunday. Head to the Margarita Loves Cointreau pop-up at South Place hotel for a Mexican brunch and cocktail masterclass that’ll ensure those fuzzy party feelings last all weekend. 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF [caption id="attachment_59896" align="aligncenter" width="450"] South Place Hotel www.jamesbedford.com[/caption] London Craft Beer Festival Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th August 70 breweries, all under one roof – yep, we’re singing it the tune of Toys R Us as well. Plus there’s music (hello Two Door Cinema Club and Greg Wilson!), lip-smacking street food from vendors such as Pitt Cue and Le Bun, and even the chance to get an education in craft ale – whether or not you remember it the next morning is another thing. Feel like you might need something of the cocktail persuasion to balance out all that beer? Swing by the guys at Longflint – bottled cocktails that remove any fuss and ensure you get that sweet kick of booze asap. We’re already panting over their grapefruit, sour cherry and mezcal Paloma. londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF Big Feastival x Patron Date: 24-26th August Remember when Alex James off of Blur decided to set up his own cheese company? He only went and bought a farm, and for the last eight years it’s been host to The Big Feastival – a festival that holds both artists and chefs in equally high regard. This year Patrón is collaborating with our fave Breddos Tacos for an epic Mexican dining experience that everyone’s taco-ing about. Do it! Here's how... Oriole x Ford’s Gin Masterclass Date: 13th August Jazz and gin – well aren’t you a smooth operator. Decide who you’re most keen to impress and book tickets to this interactive gin masterclass with Fords Gin at award-winning (and all round bl**dy brilliant) bar Oriole, where from 9pm the piano keys will be getting a good tickling from jazz musician Tim Penn. Bookings can be made via the Oriole website E Poultry Ave, London EC1A 9LH NIGHT TALES permanent home in Hackney Promise us a banging nightclub (300 capacity good enough for you?), plus DJs, street food and cocktails from some of London’s finest vendors – well, try holding us back from a 3am finish. This is the beauty of Night Tales – the ultimate party pop-up gone permanent in Bohemia Place. Need any more excuses to haul to Hackney with your game-face on? There’s a 10 meter long indoor Agave cocktail bar specializing in Mezcal, an Asahi Super Dry Bar, and a Prosecco shack. Soul-food drunk-munch doesn’t get much better than Yakitori skewers and gyoza from new Japanese grill ‘Fat Baby’. Plus it’s open ‘til the early hours – did anyone else say ‘all praise the night tube’? Thursday 6pm-middnight | Friday 6pm – 3am | Saturday 3pm – 3am   Spritz away your Sunday at Avenue St James Are you even summering if you’re not on your third Aperol Spritz by 2pm? Avenue St James is here to save you from getting the season all wrong with their bottomless Spritz Sundays. Expect buttermilk chicken burgers and lobster rolls, with lashing of everyone’s favourite lurid orange-hued cocktail. Sip on copious Aperol, fall into a snooze by 8pm, and guess what? Sunday fear is a thing of the past. Bottomless Brunch at Avenue is priced at £25.50 for 2 courses and £28.50 for 3 courses. Bottomless Spritzes on Sundays are priced at an additional £18. Better get booking!

Pop-Up Alert

1821 cicchetti & gin pop-up bar with Luxardo Sour grapes? Not cool. Sour cherries? Different story altogether, especially when found in a gin. Just when you thought Shoreditch couldn’t get any edgier, up pops 1821 – the only place you can try the damn right delicious sounding new-style Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin in a range of creative cocktails. Not used to attempting mixology at home? Pop your cherry and grab a bottle from 31Dover.com (the only place you can get hold of it) for some hands-on fun. 147 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG. Dates: Wednesdays to Sundays 15 August to 9 September 2018, 3pm-11pm. Diplomático Palm Terrace at the Bloomsbury Club Bar Dates: Throughout August Everyone feels better after a) going on holiday and b) a few rum cocktails – fact. Combine the two at the palm-decked sanctuary of the Diplomático Palm Terrace. It channels the sexy smolder of South America without the terrifying plane ticket price. Order the Roraima’s Peak for ultimate Tiki vibes – it’s as elegantly tropical as Meghan Markle decked out as Carmen Miranda for a fancy dress party. We’re talking rum, pineapple, cane sugar, and Campari infused with chamomile and passion-fruit, people - essentially sunshine in a glass. Got a hunger on? From 5pm there is some epic snackage to sink your teeth into - chow down on spiced crab sliders with a side of yuca chips, or go full hog on a Cuban sandwich, complete with oozing melted cheese, pulled pork, and pastrami. Yeah, we just heard your stomach rumble. This is a place to spend a lazy evening beneath twinkling fairy lights, sipping all the killer rum cocktails you can handle, while listening to DJs play hip-wiggling Latin tunes – relaxation stations all round. The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN Woods Navy Rum Boat We haven’t been so excited about something floating on water since those pictures of Orlando Bloom naked paddle-boarding – but here’s a chance to embrace your inner pirate and glug rum on a boat. The Woods Navy Rum Boat is moored at King’s Cross, so gather your crew and take advantage of the specially curated menu from Ladies & Gentlemen bar. Dates: Thursday 26th July until Wednesday 22nd August Book it!

Shiny new menus

Tiki-Yaki cocktails at Zuma It’s the summer of rum, it seems – and not to be left behind, Zuma have partnered with Plantation Rum to bring a selection of seven bespoke new tiki-inspired tipples to our shores. A blend of Japan and the Caribbean might not be an obvious pairing, but BarChick suspects this is going to be a match made in cocktail heaven. 5 Raphael St Knightsbridge London SW7 1DL Blade Hairclub's summer menu Haircut, cocktails, clubbing… usually a night out unfolds in this order not, er, all at once. Blade Hairclub are sticking two fingers to convention and have combined them, so you can sip away while getting your barnet chopped. The new summer menus features drinks such as ‘Blade & Sand’ and ‘Blondeshell’. Let’s hope their styling skills are better than their puns… 26 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LD Nightjar launches its new 'Arts & Crafts' menu Nightjar is already famous for serving up some of the most creative cocktails known to Instagram, so god only knows what they’ve pulled from their sleeve with this new menu, inspired by the Arts & Crafts philosophy. Anyone else think that the idea of ‘exploring the synergy between bartenders and artists’ sounds wickedly sexy? We’re hot for the Honeymoon cocktail - a nod to the ritual Celtic marriage ceremony, where the husband- and wife-to-be share a sip of Scotch whisky poured in a traditional quaich vessel, holding it with joined hands. Maybe don’t order on a first date (not exactly giving out those chill vibes…), but the combo of whisky, house made forbidden fruit liqueur and Bulgarian rose infusion has us murmuring ‘I do’. Want something less, er, intense? Order the Fandango. The vessel it’s served in is so pretty you’ll wish you could do a Winona and stick it in your handbag (don't). Visit, drink, upload your photos, then try to forget the fact finger painting is the height of your artistic ability. 129 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JB " ["post_title"]=> string(25) "Your August Booze Hotlist" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(30) "what-to-do-in-london-in-august" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-08-01 16:46:07" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-08-01 15:46:07" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=59887" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#1070 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(59884) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-08-01 15:46:53" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-08-01 14:46:53" ["post_content"]=> string(638) "When Yankee bartenders found themselves out of work thanks to Prohibition, some jumped the pond to find work and the best ones came to London and set up The American Bar a The Savoy. Fast forward a hundred or so years and you've got not only the oldest bar in Europe, or the most legendary of cocktail spots, but the Best Bar In The World 2018.  Boy do they deserve it.  Following their epic win at Tales of the Cocktail 2018 we dressed up and shimmied into our favourite seat at the bar to chat to Declan McGurk and Pippa Guy on just what makes The American Bar so worth of this award. [embed]https://youtu.be/4rz-a-G-ke4[/embed]" ["post_title"]=> string(33) "This Is The Best Bar In The World" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(38) "this-is-the-best-bar-in-the-world-2018" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-08-01 15:48:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-08-01 14:48:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=59884" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(5) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#1066 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(59920) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-08-14 16:34:52" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-08-14 15:34:52" ["post_content"]=> string(7154) "Loose-leaf tea; dainty china; fiddly sandwiches with the crusts cut off… it’s all a bit BBC drama for BarChick’s liking. But hold onto your china teapot ‘cos there’s a wave of booze spiked Afternoon Tea offerings. Check these boozy afternoon teas and get booking – you’ll have your little finger poking out before you can say ‘I’ll be mother’.

The Martini One -

Afternoon MarTEAni at DUKES Hotel

A three-martini lunch? Now you’re talking. It might sound like you need to have a titanium liver to get through the afternoon without going sideways, but the Martinis in question are miniatures. Anyone who’s got through 2 of Alessandro’s legendary Martinis at Duke’s will understand. There’s still all the quality – this is DUKES baby, home of the Martini. Each of the East Indian Company gin cocktails have been designed to pair with part of the meal. Think crisp clarity of the lemon twist classic is alongside sarnies. Marmalade Martinis with warm scones, and finally there’s the First Romance Tea martini. Now this kind of romance we approve of. It’s made with vermouth that’s infused using The East India Company’s First Romance Tea – a black tea with fruits and flower petals. Sip while you indulge in handmade pastries like a peanut chocolate delice and doughnut praline and congratulations, consider us wooed. £42.50 per person. dukeshotel.com

The Sweetie Pie -

TEA TOTAL at The Perception at W London

We know, ‘Tea Total’ doesn’t exactly sound the most spirited affair when it comes to boozy occasions. But chill your boots, because the peeps at The Perception at W are just entertaining themselves with some witty word play. The TEA TOTAL experience is in fact anything but - consisting of several crystallised shots from their latest cocktail menu, paired with ‘experiential English garden inspired sweet creations’. Think treasure chests hiding edible treats. Our fave? The Pull the Pin is made with Patron Silver, Aperol, maraschino, British strawberry and lime, and is intended to be sunk with the Every Cloud – their version of carrot cake that’s been sandwiched between two fluffy meringue clouds. Far out. £37 per person or alternatively £42 per person including a glass of Prosecco www.theperceptionbar.com

The Japanese-inspired One -

Onodera Ochakai Japanese Afternoon Tea at Ginza Onodera

Sure, it’s a mouthful. But not nearly as much a mouthful as you’re going to be taking when you’re presented with more Asian-inspired treats than you can shake a chopstick at. Ginza Onodera is stylish AF. They’re waving sayonara to the sarnies and ushering in umami-packed Japanese treats. Chicken karaage, wagyu beef sliders and seared salmon tataki. No you’re salivating. But enough food chat – let’s get down to the business of booze. The sweet thing about this Afternoon Tea is that you can get busy with Champagne, matcha tea, or cocktails. We’re not trying to sway you but their Japanese version of a Bramble, the Panacea #2 (Sake, Elderflower Gin, Crème de Mure, Apricot palinka, Lime) is top. Or get your game face on and opt for the Blood and Walnut’s Sand. This epic cocktail of Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve stirred with bittersweet liqueur and with black walnut bitter isn’t for the faint hearted, and boy does it pack a helluva punch.

£35 each for Afternoon Tea with cocktails.

onodera-group.com

The Good Time Gathering One –

Afternoon Par-Tea from Cocktail Trading Co

There ain’t no party like a liquor-laced afternoon tea party – at least that’s the sentiment of the Cocktail Trading Co boys. If you fancy a boozy bash that involves pop classics, finger sandwiches, and cocktails garnished with Mr Kipling cakes, then this is one invitation you don’t want to turn down. Taking place on the first and last Sunday of each month, guests can expect more colourful concoctions, cheesy tunes and flamboyant fun. You’ll find BarChick shaking it to Shaggy (guilty pleasure, okay?) while getting our green on with the Cucumber Manwich. It’s green tea infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, cucumber and Galia melon juice, served long with Suze bitters and a solid spritz of bubbles. Tickets £35 per person thecocktailtradingco.co.uk

The Espresso Martini One –

High Coffee at Park Lane InterContinental

Forget the Afternoon ‘Tea’ concept… this bling hotel is bowling on in and unashamedly replacing the classic drink for coffee. Music to our ears. Start your High Coffee experience with a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini – a sweet yet saucy number, think cocktail equivalent of Shakira. Time for the sandwiches – shove your cucumber, because here we’re talking smoked eel on a beetroot brioche roll, and free-range chicken on buttermilk bread. Hot savouries follow (wild mushroom and tumble weed might sound out there but trust us). Then it’s on to the sweet stuff - including scones, a lemongrass and lime crème brûlée, and a goddamn Bailey’s Chocolate Éclair. But this isn’t all. Your caffeine kick is completed with a Caffé Corretto – a shot of espresso with grappa or some other liquor. BarChick recommends finding somewhere to go dancing that evening – you’re gonna have a lot of energy to expel. Shake it, baby. High coffee is £42 per person parklane.intercontinental.com/en/high-coffee" ["post_title"]=> string(34) "London's Best Boozy Afternoon Teas" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(33) "londons-best-boozy-afternoon-teas" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-08-14 16:38:30" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-08-14 15:38:30" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=59920" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> string(3) "820" ["max_num_pages"]=> float(164) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(false) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(false) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(false) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_embed"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(false) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "30c2e6be9edd47177c2ecde2a38bbfc7" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL ["compat_fields":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(15) "query_vars_hash" [1]=> string(18) "query_vars_changed" } ["compat_methods":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(16) "init_query_flags" [1]=> string(15) "parse_tax_query" } }

Find a Bar

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Purl Bar

3$$$

50 Blandford St, Marylebone, London, W1U 7HX

Tel: +44 20 7935 0835

Opening hours

Mon-Thurs 5pm-11.30pm,
Fri-Sat 5pm-12am

Check out their site

Barchick Says

Date Updated: 20/11/2013

Not the easiest bar to find, but that’s the point. Look out for some black railings and a small lit up sign. Purl is run by Bryan and Matt, the Willy Wonkas of the cocktail world, so grab yourself the menu and get shown to your seat, you’ll find all sorts of funky sh*t. Order the Doctor Paloma with Olmeca Altos Reposado, Kamm & Sons, lime and agave nectar served with CO2 and a grapefruit-thyme granita. Fancy.

There are plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away with your date, and you’ll feel like you’re in some downtown New York Prohibition bar. If you’re into jazz then this is your perfect place for a Sunday session, when the piano becomes the centre of attention. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment, this place is always busy and you don’t want to miss out on the action.

 


Good For

Take a client, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mistress, Dancing, Killer cocktails, Music, People watching, Speakeasy, Evening, Late