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