First ever whisky hotel launches in London

Black Rock basement whisky bar is behind it all

Updated on 15 July 2019 • Written By Kirsten Lee

First ever whisky hotel launches in London

This summer, Black Rock whisky bar is launching its own whisky hotel in London, expanding across five floors from its existing single-storey location. 

The SquareMeal Gold awarded Black Rock whisky bar in Hoxton, found in the basement of a five-floor building, is bringing its passion for whisky to Londoners by expanding up to the higher floors to make room for its own hotel. The dram-themed hotel will house a new tavern, blending room and the hotel rooms themselves.

Black Rock opened its Black Rock Tavern on the ground floor in early July, offering an informal version of the basement whisky bar, starting the expansion process. The new Japanese-inspired bar brings a range of whisky-based cocktails, five types of draught beer and a selection of 40-50 whiskies. The tavern also has its own terrace, where guests can sip on whisky alfresco. 

The Black Rock Tavern opened on 9 July 

Additionally, Black Rock will open a blending room on the first floor for whisky tasting experiences, and will also be launching the Black Rock Lodgings on the top floors later in the summer.

The Lodgings will form the hotel’s main accommodation offering, where whisky-loving guests can stay and enjoy a dram or few, giving people more time to relax away from the hustle and bustle of London during their visit. Black Rock Lodgings will only have three rooms to book out, with two smaller rooms at £120 per night and a larger suite on the floor above, so get in there early if you want a place to rest your head.

The No Shake Sour whisky cocktail available at the Tavern

Black Rock bar, which opened in 2016 by Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, is known for challenging the old-fashioned whisky-lovers stereotypes with its minimalist decor (including an iconic 18ft oak table). They also proudly play hip-hop beats to get you in the mood and give a home to over 250 bottles of whisky. The Tavern follows suit with its laid-back interior, also paying homage to the oak features of the first bar with accents found in amongst the Japanese-themed décor. In keeping with the Japanese theme there's also a bamboo ceiling and Japanese-style graffiti artwork on the walls. Sip slowly in booths; sit at the bar or around high tops both inside and out for one of London’s coolest bar experiences. 

Book a session in the blending room and start with a whisky highball before tasting single malts, learning more about the beloved tipple and even blending your own whisky to take home.

If we’ve got you feeling thirsty, bask in the sunshine and enjoy the scenic views with a drink in hand at the best rooftop bars in London.