London’s heritage inspires new cocktail menu at Savoy’s American Bar

Pickering Place

The world-renowned American Bar at The Savoy in London is to launch a new cocktail menu this month that will take guests on a journey around London.

Available from Monday January 18, it will feature drinks inspired by the six boroughs that surround The Savoy, using a combination of theatre and storytelling.

One of the signature serves will be Pickering Place, a unique sharing cocktail experience featuring two drinks and inspired by its namesake, the last known London site for a duel. Playing with the idea of a duel, the story of Pickering Place has been turned into a short silent film, which guests will be able to view when ordering the cocktails.

Led by American Bar manager Declan McGurk, the new menu has been meticulously crafted and perfected over many months by head bartender Erik Lorincz and his team.

From Westminster, the City and Hackney to Tower Hamlets, Islington and Camden, each of the six boroughs is represented by four cocktails.

Encompassing London’s famous buildings and well-trodden parks and gardens to its little-noticed nooks and crannies, they are inspired by London’s cultural landscape and 2,000-year literary, musical, social and economic history.

Described as an “interactive London guide through the ages”, the menu touches on events in history but is also in keeping with current times and modern references.

Also featuring on the menu is Erik’s take on the American Bar’s longest surviving cocktail – the Green Park, alongside creations with names such as the Abbey Road, inspired by the recording studio made famous in the 1960s. There will also be a 1980s-inspired cocktail, Punk Rock, and a drink based around the Olympic Park of 2012.

Joe Wilson, the artist behind the spectacular pop-up menu at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar, will communicate the cocktails visually as beautifully hand-drawn illustrations such as Pickering Place (pictured). Each of the 24 cocktails will be expressed figuratively in delicate detail, using both traditional and contemporary styles and techniques and working with ink, pencil and digital colour.

Declan said: “Essentially when coming up with the concept, we wanted to do a menu that very
much celebrated London as a city. In doing so we felt it would fit perfectly with the American Bar’s tradition of storytelling through cocktails.”

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