Incredible drink experiences in London: seven ways to indulge in the capital

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Searching for the perfect way to wind down and enjoy a drink or two in the capital?

Taking in champagne afternoon tea, experimental craft beer, iconic old-school glamour and a cocktail list that takes you round the world sip by sip, there's a London libation to suit all on our list.

So whether looking to treat someone else or indulge yourself, scroll through our gallery for some boozy inspiration.

  • Flag down the Martini trolley

    The Martini trolley at Connaught Bar in The Connaught has acquired something of a legendary status. Whether you prefer a straightforward classic, a dirty mix or a twist courtesy of several home-made bitters, simply order your Martini of choice, sit back and have it mixed tableside by a white-gloved expert. Open 4pm–1am, Monday to Saturday.

    The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL;

  • Head around the world

    Two years in the making, the Around the Globe list at The Donovan Bar is a much more intriguing experience than simply ordering a cocktail. Customers are presented with seven scented cards, each representing a continent, to find the one they are most drawn to (we loved the fruity Africa with rum, banana liqueur and chocolate bitters). Cocktails are £18 each and can also be bought as a gift: the set of seven (£135) comes with a classy engraved silver cardholder (not that you'd want to give it away).

    30-34 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP;

  • Have a very proper afternoon tea

    Beloved of the royal family (holder of a Royal Warrant and home to the suite the Duchess of Cambridge stayed in the night before her 2011 wedding), The Goring is a lesson in English aristocratic style. And as such, it’s the perfect place to indulge in a glass of Bolly and a cake stand of luxurious afternoon tea. From £42.50 per person (£52.50 with Bollinger Champagne).

    15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW;

  • Try a craft beer tour and tasting

    The Tempus Project is how Beavertown experiments. It’s all about collaborations, limited editions, beers you’ll be the first to taste and beers that won’t even end up on sale (plus loads of cheese).

    Your ticket nabs you a tour which ends in the barrel room for a chat with the brewers and a cheese/beer tasting and it’s monthly or bi-monthly depending on when the beer is ready – keep an eye on the blog and Twitter. The brewery also regularly hosts other beery events, such as September's Rainbow Project tasting,

    Unit 17 -18 Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, N17 9QP;; @beavertownbeer

  • Sip a cocktail in a world-famous hotel

    The American Bar at The Savoy is truly iconic, having had a massive impact on the cocktail scene with its creations and famed bartender Harry Craddock's drinks bible, The Savoy Cocktail Book. Choose a perfectly executed classic or innovative new concoction and relax to some jazz in the joint once frequented by Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.

    Award-winning and fabulously decadent, it’s a genuinely glamourous, vintage London experience for anyone looking to treat themselves to some top-notch mixology from one of the best bars in the world. Open til 12am.

    Strand, WC2R 0EU;

  • Head on a gin safari

    There is absolutely no doubt that gin is having what’s officially known as A Moment (after that initial moment when, you know, it ruined London and all that). Now one can indulge in its glory in several different ways, not least a Gin Safari in gloriously eccentric Mr Fogg’s Tavern – a tasting of six gins guided by experts, with two G&Ts thrown in. It starts every Sunday at 5.01pm prompt (£40 per person) or can be booked any day for private groups.

    58 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA;

  • Take a bespoke tour

    A gin tour. A chauffeur-driven gin tour in fact, in your very own posh minibus. You'll arrive at five different gin parlours like a VIP, cruising directly to your reserved seating with no queues and a cocktail waiting. Between sips, you’ll learn all about mother’s ruin in a bid to pretend you're not just drinking your way around the city. The company, which operates in several UK cities, also offers a Negroni Journey in London and private parties can book out the whole tour. Tickets are £60, including five samples and five cocktails.


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.