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Not just a drink, the Spritz is a way of life that has its roots in Italy, where people like to make time to relax, hang out with friends and share a stylish drink as the sun goes down... In fact, Italians have coined the expression ‘spritziamo’ or ‘let’s spritz!’
It’s not surprising that Martini, the iconic vermouth and a byword for stylish Italian living since 1863 is joining in this trend with the Martini Spritz, a mixture of Martini Bianco or Martini Rosato with sparkling soda over plenty of ice.
Effortlessly stylish, but easy to make, Martini Spritz is set to become a new way of drinking, socialising and enjoying life that’s perfect for the summer. Light and refreshing, it contains fewer calories and half the alcohol units of a medium glass of wine and is perfect with food.
Martini has joined forces with Square Meal and 12 specially selected London venues to allow summer drinkers to enjoy the perfect Martini Spritz. So whether you are looking for a place to catch up with friends after work or to spend a lazy weekend afternoon watching the sun go down, one of these venues should take your fancy:
Bedford & Strand
Tucked away down a flight of stairs off The Strand, this Edwardian bar is one of London’s hidden gems. Step back in time as you enjoy a refreshing Martini Spritz in the handsome cellar decked out in salt and pepper tones.
The Blues Kitchen
Since opening in 2009, The Blues Kitchen has built up a fervent following among the skinny-jeans brigade, who flock here daily for a soothing dose of laid-back blues & finger-licking soul food.
Named after Belgian owner Luc van Oostende, Café Luc has mirror-wrapped walls, and a smart bar hooded with globes of blown glass. Embrace the Martini Spritz lifestyle in this buzzy Euro bar.
A stalwart of the Shoreditch Triangle, Cantaloupe is still the daddy of Hoxton scene. The style is warehousey and comfortable, with chunky communal tables around the front bar – the perfect place to share a jug of Martini Spritz.
Ebury (pictured, right)
This stylish bar and brasserie strikes just the right balance of class and sophistication with relaxed, laid-back vibes – thanks to low-backed leather sofas, polished wood tables and amenable staff.
A Soho institution, Kettner’s has seen a host of famous faces cross its polished parquet floors, from Oscar Wilde to Edward VII. Join a discerning local crowd to soak up the atmosphere in the glamorous ground-floor bar.
Kopapa (pictured, left)
Fusion food pioneer Peter Gordon launched this determinedly informal, all-day venue at Seven Dials. It’s the perfect spot to meet up with friends for a Martini Spritz if you’re out in Covent Garden.
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
One Aldwych’s perennially fashionable Lobby Bar is a chic mix of grandiose fin de siècle architecture and 20th-century London style. Oversized floral displays and post-modern sculptures make the perfect backdrop for people-watching.
The Old Queen's Head
Regarded by many as an Islington ‘institution’, this grand-looking boozer caters to the smart-cookie twentysomethings who you would normally find on a night out in Shoreditch. It boasts two beer gardens – one out front & a tiny, charming one in the back.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
All quirky knick-knacks and rustic furniture, Paradise is a homing ground for west London cool cats. A great spot for alfresco spritziamo lounging.
This back-to-basics London Bridge bar has a relaxed vibe, with friendly staff serving up jugs of Martini Spritz for
‘Great DJs, excellent bar food and good service are what you can usually expect from the Westbury’, recommends one advocate. Get in on the action with spot-on classic cocktails or more inventive numbers, mixed by well-trained, super-friendly bar staff.
How to make the Martini Spritz
Fill a large wine glass with ice. Pour 70ml of Martini Bianco or Martini Rosato into the glass and top up with 100ml of soda water. Stir and garnish with a slice of lemon (Bianco) or orange (Rosato). Or multiply quantities by four and make a delicious jug to share with friends.