Sip­ping pretty

The Wharf - - Canary Wharf - By Jon Massey Fol­low @the­wharfnews on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book

‘‘ The rose Ne­groni foun­tain is worth cross­ing the dock for with its lit­tle streams of al­co­hol trick­ling

The Sip­ping Room – Drake And Mor­gan’s West In­dia Quay venue for those who’d like to walk a lit­tle fur­ther than The Par­lour or The Pag­i­na­tion – has launched its sum­mer ter­race.

Gin gar­dens are hardly ground­break­ing and this one comes decked out with sig­nif­i­cant but reg­u­la­tion fo­liage and a gen­er­ous car­pet of as­tro­turf.

Spon­sored by Tan­queray, it of­fers G&Ts and cock­tails laced with the spirit for a rel­a­tively re­fresh­ing £9.95.

Es­pe­cially drink­able is the Gar­den Spritz, fea­tur­ing co­rian­der, rasp­berry and black pep­per. While cool, these are not in them­selves enough of a pull to draw the thirsty across the wa­ter.

But the rose Ne­groni foun­tain – a bub­bling spirit fea­ture no gar­den should be with­out – is.

There’s some­thing in­cred­i­bly pleas­ing about col­lect­ing the po­tent brew from its del­i­cate flow that re­calls the “lit­tle streams of al­co­hol trick­ling down the rocks” re­ferred to in the songscape par­adise of Big Rock Candy Moun­tain.

Silli­ness aside, on a sunny day (like all of WIQ re­ally), this is a great place to go, but best avoided should the skies darken.

No­table forth­com­ing high­lights will be a se­ries of cock­tail mas­ter­classes (£30pp) held on June 28, July 26 and Au­gust 28 for those keen to mix things up a lit­tle.

Then af­ter­wards there’s a green wall of botan­i­cals in the shape of a bot­tle for all your In­sta­gram­pos­ing needs. Just don’t get too sloshed on the prod­uct. Go to drake­and­mor­gan.co.uk/ the-sip­ping-room for more

Jon Massey takes tonic with gin whenever The Wharf de­mands and, oc­ca­sion­aly, on his own time

The Sip­ping Room’s Tan­queray Gar­den

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