It’s officially July and for the first time in a long while, London is in the midst of an actual summer.
Living in London you never know how long the good weather will last; so in the spirit of all things’summer let me introduce you to Longflint drinks, who have kindly sorted us Londoners out for the next month by setting up a pop up bar in Shoreditch.
You may be wondering why I have dedicated a post to writing about cocktails.
Well from my previous travel posts you will know that I am partial to a cocktail or two. So when a good friend of mine told me about this oasis in the heart of London that sells cocktails for a mere £5 each…was there any other option than to pay a visit?
So that’s what I did. I telephoned my girl Trousseau Diaries and off we went.
I was pleasantly surprised, as the set up at the venue actually looks like its a permanent bar rather than a pop up.
When you walk in, on one side there is a wall display of their cocktails. On the other side, a wall decorated with the company’s logo with a shelf that displays an overflow of various foliage.
I would say that its rather like a gallery of sorts, particularly as the wall of cocktails are delicately displayed in all their glory.
The decor is simple but elegant which is how I would also describe the cocktails.
I say this as their cocktails are not the usual fare; the array of ingredients include hibiscus, rhubarb and rose hip.
As such, we had no idea what to expect, however we were pleasantly surprised.
Our first cocktail was the pressed Ginger and Rum Fuego, which ended up being our favourite. We also sampled the Session Negroni Sbagliato as well as the Rhubarb & organic Vodka.
Each cocktail has a very specific taste. Their uniqueness is that you can taste the individual ingredients without being overwhelmed by alcohol. In turn the cocktails make for a refreshing burst of flavour.
What more can you ask for on a summers day, especially if you take advantage of their outdoor seating area at the back. It’s the perfect place to take your photos for Instagram, as there is a multi coloured wall that acts as a back drop. There is also a black wall with a bench, of which I made good use.
Back inside the bar there is a vending machine filled with cans of British Hedgerow Gin and Tonic. Very in-keeping with the bar’s decor!
The bar has a relaxed atmosphere, and that is enhanced by the friendliness of the staff. We were lucky enough to have a conversation with one of the bar staff about the concept of the cocktails. We were then given information about the provenance of the ingredients which was fascinating to find out.
If your looking for somewhere new, whilst enjoying the weather then I would definitely recommend a visit.
The bar is located at 2 Rivington Street (5 mins away from Old Street Station). The residency of the pop up bar is until 1 August 2018. If you would like to find out more about the company take a look at their website, as some drinks can be purchased online.
, You can thank me later 🙂