‘‘ 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