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Issue 120 - Bars Guide: London

Whisky Magazine Issue 120
June 2014


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Bars Guide: London

Capital investment. Let Neil Ridley take you through the bars of London

London calling, to the faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down' once sang a famous beat combo, who went by the name of The Clash. With such a rallying cry behind it, dear old London was always surely destined to succeed in being at the vanguard of music and culture. But what about our bar culture – especially when it comes to whisky?

Well the good news is that since our first drinkers' guide to London was published in 2012, the city has issued a real statement of intent: not only to the rest of the country, but also the world. Whisky has become a truly leading feature in some of London's greatest hotel bars and restaurants, with a few unearthing unbelievable treasures from the turn of the century, alongside ‘time capsule' bottlings from before Prohibition hit the US. There is also a firm focus on a rapidly developing interest in both Japanese whisky culture as well as a welcome enthusiasm for unusual, hard-to-find whiskies from around the globe. And all this before we start to talk about the molecular cocktail movement...

1 Aqua Shard
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street,
London SE19RY

Outside of the drinks, service and ambience, a bar will often live or die based on its location. So when it comes to the Aqua Shard, on the 31st floor of The Shard, Europe's tallest building, there is an enormous pair of platform shoes to fill before one has even taken a sip. Thankfully, the drinks and attention to detail from the bar team ...

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