The Connaught Bar team

The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, was revealed last night (5 November) via an online awards ceremony, which saw London’s Connaught Bar claim the coveted title. Adapting to a new virtual event, 2020’s ceremony aimed to bring the global hospitality community even closer together and provide positive news for …

Crossroads

Crossroads, a new cocktail bar with a sustainable ethos and community feel, has opened in Camden, London. Zoe Fryday reports Aiming to breathe new life into Camden’s drinking scene, the opening of Crossroads is music to one’s ears – a bit of positivity that’s much-needed in 2020. Run by Bart Miedekza and his wife Monika, …

Cocktails in the City Community Spirit Edition

Cocktails in the City is returning to London for a two-day alfresco cocktail garden party this September, celebrating the capital’s drinks scene and raising money for the hospitality industry. Taking place at Bedford Square Gardens on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September, the festival’s Community Spirit Edition will feature drinks from over 30 of London’s …

Cub

Cub, the Hoxton venue from Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) and Doug McMaster, will not reopen its doors following the coronavirus pandemic. Launched in September 2017 on the site of Ryan’s first bar White Lyan, the award-winning restaurant was innovative in its approach to blurring the boundaries between food and drink, providing guests with a …

London Cocktail Week 2020

The organisers of London Cocktail Week have announced that the 2020 festival will be taking place, running for the entire month of October, to support London’s on-trade. Four leading spirits portfolios – Brown-Forman, Diageo, Edrington-Beam Suntory & Moët Hennessy – have committed their support alongside 26 individual brands. Together, they have joined forces with the …

Swift Shoreditch render

The team behind award-winning Soho cocktail bar Swift are opening a new all-day venue on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch late July. Following over 100 days of closure for the hospitality industry, the new addition to the Swift family will open as planned whilst following social distancing guidelines, while the Soho site will open from …

Three Sheets Pernod Ricard cocktails

Pernod Ricard UK is supporting independent and local venues by collaborating with London bar Three Sheets to bottle and deliver seven exclusive cocktails. The cocktails have been created by seven fellow London cocktail bars and contain either Beefeater, Jameson or Havana Club as the key ingredient. Three Sheets will bottle and deliver the drinks, giving …

Tonight Josephine neon

London bar brand Tonight Josephine has launched a crowd funding campaign and is asking for support from fans and friends so it can survive the current crisis. A spokesperson for Tonight Josephine, which has venues in Waterloo and Shoreditch, said: “The global Covid-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small …

The Alchemist Embassy Gardens

Bar and restaurant group The Alchemist is preparing to open its first venue south of the River Thames at the new Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms. Launching this spring, the 5,200 sq ft space will offer a 94-cover restaurant for all-day dining, 66-cover bar and 24-cover outdoor terrace. Key design features will include floor-to-ceiling …

Tavla, Hart Shoreditch Hotel London

Tavla, a new Turkish-inspired backgammon bar, has opened inside east London’s Hart Shoreditch Hotel. Meaning backgammon in Turkish, Tavla has “socialising at its core”, offering guests the chance to play the boardgame whilst enjoying cocktails, bar snacks and a soundtrack of vinyl DJs. Located on the ground floor of the 126-room hotel, which presents Hilton’s …