With an immense selection of cocktails to choose from, a trip to Dirty Martini is sometimes an overwhelming one. In its many locations around London (which include Covent Garden, Monument and Islington) you’ll find flavours ranging from Mango and Chilli to Raspberry and Almond. However, truth be told there is one that rises above the rest and this is the Blood Orange and Vanilla Martini, made using Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Briottet Crème de Cassis and Briottet Crème de Violette, which are shaken with fresh orange juice, lemon juice and a splash of blood orange syrup. With a very generous happy hour running every day of the week, your bank balance will be thanking you just as much as your taste buds after a trip to this cocktail bar.
The London Cocktail Club
With a different theme for each of its bars, the London Cocktail Club strives to be different. For those of you who hate bacon, then the Bacon and Egg Martini will not be for you. However, for those of you who do, this may be the best martini you have ever tried. It’s made up of — you guessed it – bacon and egg. Or more specifically, Jack Daniels infused with bacon, an egg white, maple syrup, lemon and a dash of Angostura bitters. Enjoy this breakfast cocktail in the Tattoo Rum Parlour or maybe even Gangsters Tequila Paradise. Wherever you choose to enjoy it, make sure they don’t forget your pancetta crisp garnish.
Artesian has been voted ‘World’s Best Bar’ by Drink International for four consecutive years, and is a must-visit for all martini lovers. Its relaxed environment, nestled just off Regent Street, has been teamed with experimental cocktails, which you will not have seen anywhere else in London. The Langham Martini has become a firm favourite with those who frequent the bar and if the menu wasn’t enough to impress you, the silver vessels that the martinis are served in will do the trick, as they are designed to keep drinks at an optimum temperature throughout the evening.
Since it opened its doors in 2008, Callooh Callay has earned a name for itself as one of the best cocktail bars in London. This Shoreditch cocktail bar has since won ‘Best Cocktail Menu in the World’ at the renowned Tales of the Cocktail awards. When asked which martini they would recommend to their customers, they suggested a martini made of house gin, dry, with a twist — every time.
Martinis and our favourite British spy James Bond go hand in hand for many, but not everyone can claim to have inspired the legendary Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books; except for Dukes Bar. The bar is known to have been the inspiration for the famous line ‘shaken, not stirred’ and the bar itself is known for some of the best (and strongest) martinis in London.