Aurum bar

Destination bar Aurum has opened in Southend-on-Sea as part of a new boutique hotel, reports Mark Ludmon. Photography by ProfotoDesign With tourism growing year on year and its own international airport, Southend-on-Sea on the Essex coast is on the up. The latest arrival is The Seven Hotel, a luxurious 37-bedroom boutique hotel overlooking the seafront …

Kin door sign

Bartenders Sam Baxendale and Jody Buchan have opened their own bar, Kin, in Edinburgh. Photography by Till Britze When bartenders of the calibre of Jody Buchan and Sam Baxendale open a bar, you know it will be something special. After years working in other top places, they have unveiled Kin in Edinburgh’s Broughton area through …

Annabel's London

Leading memnbers club Annabel’s in London has a bigger and even grander new home. Mark Ludmon reports After 54 years at the heart of London’s nightlife, one of its most glamorous destinations, Annabel’s, has moved two doors down in Berkeley Square to a bigger, more spectacular home. At an estimated cost of £55 million, the …

Perception W London

Mark Ludmon explores W London hotel’s stunning bar The Perception A striking new look has transformed the bar at W London hotel off Leicester Square into a new destination for drinking and dining. The original W Lounge and late-night Wyld Bar have been knocked into one and transformed into The Perception, with seven flexible areas …

Waeska Bar-6 credit Jason Bailey Studio

After experimentation and extensive research into ancient herbs and botanicals, the team at Waeska bar at The Mandrake hotel in London have unveiled their new cocktail menu in time for the summer. Created under bar manager Walter Pintus, the list is founded on ethnobotany – the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses …

Baba Edinburgh back bar

Levantine-influenced bar and restaurant Baba has opened at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel. Pictures by Gareth Gardner, Marc Millar and Julian Franklin The flavours and styles of the eastern Mediterranean infuse the food, cocktails and design of new bar and restaurant Baba in Edinburgh. It has been created as part of the £25million transformation …

Key moments in people’s lives are evoked in the new cocktail menu at Artesian bar at London’s Langham hotel. The team under bar manager Anna Sebastian and head bartender Rémy Savage asked members of the public and the bartending community to share the flavours and feelings that they associated with a selection of pivotal moments …

T-bar Ayrshire main

A laid-back bar and music venue is the latest addition to Buzzworks Holdings’ portfolio of bars and restaurants around Ayrshire and beyond. The T-bar has opened next door to the group’s Tree House restaurant in Ayr, with a contemporary interior by leading designer Jim Hamilton & Company. With an emphasis on upcycled and recycled materials, …

Diablo Loco Chris Watts main

Signature Pub Group has created a new destination in Edinburgh for tequila and mezcal. Words by Mark Ludmon. Pictures by Chris Watt The tequila and mezcal are flowing on Edinburgh’s Southside at the latest bar from Signature Pub Group. Clerk’s Bar – part of the package the company bought from Maclay Group in 2016 – …

Ticket Office Ilkley. PIcture by Heidi Marfitt

Twisted Bars has created a new bar, The Ticket Office, in Ilkley in West Yorkshire. Pictures by Heidi Marfitt A former booking office inside the Victorian railway station in Ilkley in West Yorkshire has found new life as a stylish bar. Part of the Station Plaza complex, The Ticket Office is a destination for tea …