Min Jiang

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Si­t­u­ated in the heart of Kens­ing­ton, Min Jiang res­tau­rant boasts breath-tak­ing views over Lon­don’s sky­line and of­fers au­then­tic Chi­nese cui­sine us­ing the finest in­gre­di­ents. Lo­cated on the tenth floor of the Royal Gar­den Ho­tel, Min Jiang is renowned for its leg­endary wood fired Bei­jing duck, spicy Sichuan dishes and ex­quis­ite range of dim sum. Its con­tem­po­rary pri­vate din­ing room, Chong Qing, of­fers a beau­ti­ful set­ting with a high ceil­ing and mir­rored walls. Seat­ing up to 20 guests, there is an impressive at­mos­phere to give you an oc­ca­sion to re­mem­ber. Daily noon-3pm & 6pm-10.30pm.

These days, you’re never far from an award­win­ning cock­tail bar in the cap­i­tal, from Arte­sian and the Night­jar to 69 Cole­brooke Row and the Con­naught Bar.

But it wasn’t un­til the late 19th cen­tury that Lon­don caught on to ‘Amer­i­can-style’ drinks – also known as cock­tails – and with transAt­lantic travel came a wave of Amer­i­can bars, the most fa­mous of which still stands in the ho­tel today.

Like the Savoy it­self, its is a Lon­don icon, famed for its in­te­rior, pi­o­neer­ing mixol­o­gists and nightly live mu­sic. It was here that bar­man Harry Crad­dock fled the US Pro­hi­bi­tion of the 1920s. He later wrote TheSavoyCock­tailBook, which is still re­garded as the bar­tender’s bible more than 70 years on.

Over the years, the bar has wel­comed the crème de la crème of show­busi­ness, in­clud­ing

and who would sneak in af­ter­hours to per­form with a whisky in hand. This year, the Amer­i­can Bar beck­ons us in once more with a new cock­tail menu in­spired by

Savoy Amer­i­can Bar Art Deco Char­lie Chap­lin, Mar­lene Di­et­rich Frank Si­na­tra,

the bor­oughs that sur­round the ho­tel. From Hack­ney and Tower Ham­lets to Is­ling­ton and Cam­den, in­vites guests to taste the essence of the cap­i­tal.

Be­gin your jour­ney in West­min­ster, where you’ll find two cock­tails in­spired by Lon­don’s small­est pub­lic space, Pick­er­ing Place. Once they’re on your ta­ble, watch closely as this cock­tail duo are parted to re­veal a small screen. Press ‘play’ and you’ll be treated to an amus­ing black-and-white silent film star­ring the bar’s cur­rent mixol­o­gists.

The Lon­don Menu

Over in the City sec­tion of the menu, you’ll find de­lec­ta­ble drinks in­spired by the Bank of Eng­land, among other places. We rec­om­mend the Eter­nal Whis­per in hon­our of St Paul’s Cathe­dral and its Whis­per­ing Gallery. A blend of Ta­p­a­tio Blanco tequila, Suze, lime, sun­flower seed and honey water, it is, like Sir Christo­pher Wren’s iconic land­mark, worth savour­ing slowly.

Wher­ever you me­an­der next, be sure to end your taste tour on the Cam­den pages, where things get a lit­tle more rock ‘n’ roll with a gin and Mar­tini cock­tail in­spired by Abbey Road. It was on this street that The Bea­tles and Pink Floyd recorded their hits – we can’t help but won­der if the cock­tail’s Cham­pagne syrup and citrus pow­der are a nod to the deca­dent lifestyle en­joyed by mu­si­cians back in the day.

Beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions, hand-drawn maps and tales from the city make this more than your av­er­age drinks menu. Bravo, Savoy – Lon­don never tasted so good. Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0EU. T: 020-7836 4343. www.fair­mont.com/savoy-lon­don

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