Even if you’re spending the better part of summer in the city, you can still make your me-time that little bit more Mediterranean by heading to one of London’s hippest rooftop bars for a bespoke Gin Mare cocktail. The premium gin, made in a pot still in the Spanish fishing town of Vilanova, near Barcelona, blends savoury and herbaceous pan-Mediterranean botanicals including basil, thyme, rosemary and Arbequina olives to create an intriguing and refreshingly unique flavour. One sip of this smooth-as-silk spirit evokes the warm sea breezes, lazy sunsets and gentler pace of life of the Mediterranean coast – set this feeling against the backdrop of the capital’s skyline on a balmy evening, and you’ll find there’s no better place to be this summer than right here in London. Gin Mare has teamed up with six of the capital’s coolest rooftop bars, each of which has created a bespoke summer cocktail incorporating the spirit. Now you just have to decide which bar – and which cocktail – to pick first…
Seven storeys above the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street, the jewel in the crown of Richard Branson’s lush Roof Gardens boasts a stylish terrace bar with views that stretch from the Gherkin to Battersea Power Station, plus an unabashedly fun atmosphere that’s aided by a highly imaginative cocktail list.
The Roof Gardens, Derry Street, W8 5ED
Gin Mare serve: Mare Me in the Meadow (Gin Mare, elderflower cordial, muddled rosemary), £12.50
Lido at The Curtain
The member’s club within the hipster-luxe Curtain hotel deals in a Mediterranean vibe and retractable glass roof and walls, in case the British weather gets the better of it. If you’re a member or staying the night (lucky you), take the lift to the Lido brasserie and bar, where a rooftop pool awaits…
45 Curtain Road, EC2A 4PJ
Gin Mare serve: The Gin Mare G&T at The Curtain (double shot of Gin Mare, FeverTree tonic, orange twist), £11
Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden
Sky-high drinks don’t get much better than at this sleek, high-spec restaurant and bar atop the Walkie Talkie. It’s a visual treat inside and out, but the far-reaching views of the capital are what you will remember. The kitchen’s judicious use of quality British ingredients extends to the brilliant cocktail list.
Level 37, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY
Gin Mare serve: Mediterranean Spice (Gin Mare, basil, pink peppercorn shrub and crème de cassis), £13.
OXO Tower Bar
This riverside icon boasts a postcard-perfect panorama of tourist London from its eighth-floor vantage point. Settle into one of its curvaceous cream armchairs in the glass-fronted bar and take in the sights, from St Paul’s Cathedral to Somerset House, or search for a spot on the greenery-lined terrace. Booking recommended.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
Gin Mare serve: Gin Mare G&T (Gin Mare, Fever Tree tonic), £11.25
Radio Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
Dress to impress for a night at this sexy West End rooftop bar, where a 360-degree view of the capital awaits. Balearic beats and low-slung white sofas will get you into a suitably off-duty frame of mind, the better to explore the ample G&T menu and alluring cocktail list. Booking essential.
ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Gin Mare serve: Cynar Negroni (Gin Mare, Cynar, Martini Rubano, rosemary, cucumber bitters), £15
Sky Lounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
Head up to the 12th floor of this swanky hotel for wraparound views of City landmarks and an enticing combination of classic and signature cocktails. The vista from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the bar itself is spectacular, but on summer nights, the place to be is the fairy-lit, glass-sided terrace.
7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF
Gin Mare serve: Mediterranean Rose (Gin Mare, Lanique, apple juice, lemon, sugar, thyme and rosemary), £14
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This article was published 1 August 2017