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Show Time Cocktails at the Lobby Bar, One Aldwych:
If you are in London’s West End and are looking for the perfect somewhere for a pre or post theatre drink or just an opportunity to drink cocktails and lap up the atmosphere in a fabulous central location, why not drop into One Aldwych’s super-stylish Lobby bar on the Strand and sample their theatre-themed cocktails and tasting plates.
One Aldwych’s sleek 5-star interior, with its cream tiled floor, huge arched windows and funky modern sculptures offers an elegant, but cool setting to enjoy a relaxing drink.
Their ‘Show Time Cocktail’ menu has been inspired by the hotel’s proximity to West End theatreland. Cleverly themed in 5 categories: comedies, musicals, satires, dramas and backstage. They have produced some incredibly delicious cocktails each one with a dramatic twist.
My friend started with ‘The Holy Mary’, inspired by the Book of Mormon. This was a combination of Stolichnaya Elite vodka fresh tomato juice, strawberry liquor and purée, Yuzu bitters and Hibiscus foam which he described as an unexpectedly successful blend of strawberry and tomato juice – a subtle take on a Bloody Mary with a hint of sweetness.
This was paired with Dorset Crab Tartlet, with avocado wood sorrel – tempting rectangular tartlets, with creamy brown meat crabmeat topped with a dab of avocado.
I went for the rather dramatic ‘Mediterranean Macbeth’, no need to explain which play this was inspired by. It was made with Botanist Islay dry gin, rosemary syrup, Campari, fresh lemon juice, Lallier champagne and a slice of Parmesan. This was my favourite of the evening, absolutely heavenly, a stunningly delicate rosemary-infused take on a Negroni Spagliato.
Paired perfectly with John Ross smoked salmon, crème fraiche and buckwheat blini. A roll of super-fine non-fatty smoked salmon sat upon deliciously light blini with a dab of creamy crème fraiche.
Already feeling pleasantly uplifted after my cocktail number one, we were offered a second. My friend had ‘The Origin’, a combination of Dalmore 12-year-old whisky, Merlet cherry liquor, cherry purée, fresh grapefruit juice, chocolate bitters and Lallier champagne.
Served with a glass decanter in the style of a hip flask, this one created a smokey journey into the origin of this great whisky enlivened with cherry notes and a hint of fizz. This was paired with Goats cheese, truffle and almond croquettes – the perfect crisp exterior complimented by a soft truffled goat’s cheese interior.
I chose ‘Three Reigns’ from the drama category inspired by King Lear. Made with Plymouth gin, Italicus bergamot, elderflower cordial, Rooibos tea, peach bitters and Lallier champagne. Served in another beautiful decanter, this elegant, golden-coloured cocktail was a sultry mix of sweet elderflower and gin given a roundness by the rooibos tea with a hint of spikiness from the peach bitters
It was paired with a robust meat feast consisting of a tortilla roll stuffed with juicy minced lamb with a hint of mint, definitely one for the boys.
We were entertained with a virtual headset, which displayed the provenance of our drinks from Scottish lochs and the whisky distillery to the green fields of Devon to the heart of Covent Garden.
So if you’re in London’s theatreland why not pay a visit to The Lobby Bar and celebrate the passion and drama of the West End’s shows in style with a Showtime Cocktail.
Small plates £7
1 ALDWYCH LONDON WC2B 4BZ