Heading out for Christmas drinks? We’ve got three new London bars that you have to try out before everyone else does…
What’s your routine before catching a train? If you’re anything like us, probably popping into M&S for a G&T and a BLT. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Hark back to the golden age of travel by dropping into Anthracite at the Great Northern Hotel before you embark on your next train journey. The luxury boutique hotel, which prides itself on being just 25 metres from the Eurostar terminal, commissioned architects Archer Humphryes to create a suitably glamorous space for its martini bar, full of luxurious furnishings and modern fittings. The menu itself is elegant, boasting a carefully curated selection of martinis. As well as all the traditional choices, there’s also Anthracite’s signature twists to try, like the ‘Coastal Martini’, with Samphire infused gin, cured lemon infused Mancino extra dry, black pepper tincture, pumpkin, chilli oil and a garnish of seaweed crisp. Just the thing if you’re feeling a little adventurous before you escape the city.
Great Northern Hotel, St Pancras Station, London, N1C 4TB, gnhlondon.com
There’s something of a New York vibe to FAM, the latest addition to Marylebone’s bar scene. It feels like it’s somewhere you’d drop by on a bi-weekly basis for a catch up with friends, Central Perk style. And that’s exactly what the founders, Megs Miller and Dre Masso, were going for when they started FAM last month. As the name suggests, the idea behind FAM is all about family, whether that’s your actual flesh and blood relations, or your urban network of friends. Cosy furnishings, low lighting and walls strewn with family portraits set the tone. Highlights of the drinks menu, honed by world-renowned bartender Miller, include the ‘FAM margarita’, a potent blend of highland and lowland tequilas, house citrus & Devon flower honey and ‘Sir Duke’, made with London potato vodka and pastis made at the Bloomsbury Distillery, which is only a short walk from the bar. The food menu, created Tim Ross-Watson, formerly of The Goring and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, was inspired by nostalgic family recipes, and includes a moreish ‘Cup a soup’ with butternut squash, roasted garlic and white truffle oil. Just what you need on a cold winter’s eve.
Corner of Picton Place and Duke St, London, W1U 1LG
Created by Greek restaurateur Alexandros Andrianopoulos, Onima is Mayfair’s latest swanky destination to try. Laid out over a five-storey town house (the former HQ of Cartier’s watchmaking empire), it encapsulates a restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace with incredible views over the capital. Imagined by leading Greek interior designers Archset, its vibe is all American walnut panelling, burnished metals and neon lighting in electric hues. The creative cocktail menu is based on a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours, and is spearheaded by the likes of ‘Purple Rain’, a blend of mezcal and grapefruit, cardamom, prickly pear, aquafaba and soda. This is the place to come if you want to party this December.
1-3 Avery Row, Mayfair, London W1K 4AJ, onimarestaurant.com