Jason Atherton to relaunch City Social bar with new cocktails

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Jason Atherton is set to relaunch the bar at his City Social restaurant in the City of London with its own name, Social 24.

Tying in with the change on April 12, group bar manager Jay Doy has created a new cocktail menu taking inspiration from the famous London landmarks that can be seen from the venue such as The Shard and The Gherkin.

Located on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in Old Broad Street, City Social restaurant and bar was opened by the chef as part of his global business The Social Company four years ago.

Cocktails will include The Shard, comprising Bacardi Superior Heritage Rum, lime, watermelon, passion fruit, Sekforde for Rum mixer and a Mojito granita while The Monument – named after the landmark that commemorates the Great Fire of London – is a fiery mix of Don Julio tequila, fire-roasted pineapple syrup, dragonfruit, jalapenos, charcoal and cinnamon.

The St Paul’s (pictured) is served inside a glass pineapple to represent how the cathedral’s architect, Sir Christopher Wren, integrated the fruit into his architecture. It is made with Absolut Elyx vodka, pineapple, sage, Chartreuse, red “communion wine” and a wafer.

The Thames is presented in a tea glass and made with Reyka Vodka, sea rosemary, watercress, apple, celery sugar, citrus and seaweed.

Jay said: “We are extremely lucky to work in a place with incredible views across London, and as a result I thought it would make sense for the new drinks at Social 24 to be inspired by the different landmarks that can be seen from the bar.

“We wanted each drink to be influenced by an icon whether that was the size, the location, the colour, the name or the history as well as bringing a touch of modern elegance and glamour to the City.”

Executive chef Paul Walsh has created a new food menu for Social 24, including a fast three-course set Social Lunch Hour menu priced at £28 including heritage beetroot salad, goat’s cheese and watercress, Cotswolds chicken and Madeira terrine with grilled sourdough, and a choice of vanilla crème brûlée or Valrhona Chocolate mousse.

In the evening, an à la carte menu will be on offer in the bar, with a selection of small and large dishes including Frenchman’s Creek oysters with dashi stock, melon and yuzu, smoked pork empanadas with harissa and red onion compote, and Buccleuch Estate beef fillet with duck fat chips and béarnaise or peppercorn sauce.

Social 24 will be open from midday until 2am, Monday to Friday, and from 4pm on Saturdays, with a resident DJ on Thursday and Friday nights from 9pm. Last orders for bar food will be 11pm.

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