Raise a glass to our round-up of Victoria's best bars and their signature tipples
Meet me at: Clarendon Cocktail Cellar, SW1V 4QQ
I’ll have the… Scream
Pimlico's secret boozer is chock-full of inventive cocktails, all inspired by Hollywood hits. We can't get enough of the team's homage to Wes Craven's 1996 slasher flick, which has enough kick in the form of habanero chillies (added to mezcal, cassis and lime agave) to make anyone scream.
Meet me at: Aster, SW1E 5LB
I’ll have a... Cream of Iceland
Nordic-French restaurant Aster's signature tipple starts off sounding like a healthy breakfast – Icelandic yoghurt blended with fresh berries and citrus – before the delightfully boozy addition of coconut rum.
Meet me at: Rail House Café, SW15 5DJ
I’ll have… Saffron Spritz
Make a pitstop at the Puffing Devil bar at Rail House Café for this seriously sophisticated (and brunch appropriate) cocktail – an elegant blend of saffron-infused Tanqueray gin, rhubarb liqueur, Chandon rosé and tonic water.
Meet me at: Timmy Green, SW1E 5DJ
I’ll have... Our Espresso Martini
Feeling a bit sluggish? Pull up a pew at Timmy Green and order its signature espresso martini. Team it with the restaurant's famous Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake dessert and you'll be buzzing for the rest of the day.
Meet me at: The Drunken Oyster at Hai Cenato, SW1E 5DJ
I’ll have a... Sophia Loren
Inspired by screen siren Sophia Loren, this signature drink from The Drunken Oyster is a winning blend of heady Italian liqueurs with almond milk and Ketel One vodka. An elegant little number – but we’d expect nothing less.
Meet me at: M Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ
I’ll have the… M Martini
A martini is the classiest of the classic cocktails. And those who see themselves as suave as 007 should check into M Bar (no affiliation with Bond's boss) for the signature M martini – a serving of Belvedere Unfiltered with a sniff of rosemary-infused Cocchi Americano, two drops of violet bitters and a grapefruit twist. Shaken or stirred, it's easily the coolest cocktail in town.
Meet me at: Ibérica, SW1E 6SQ
I’ll have a… Berry Cavarinha
We love Ibérica's twist on a South American classic, which introduces blackberries and raspberries to the obligatory lime and sugar, followed by a healthy glug of cava.
Meet me at: The Thomas Cubitt Public House & Dining Rooms, SW1W 9PA
I’ll have the… English Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitans may be synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw and co, but The Thomas Cubitt has given its version a very British twist by mixing Sipsmith London Dry Gin with cranberry juice, elderflower cordial, fresh raspberries and lemon juice. Jolly good.
Meet me at: The Hamptons Bar at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
I’ll have a… Royal Mojito
This five-star heritage hotel is home to a huge array of bars, restaurants and dining experiences. You'll more than likely find us propped up at the glamorous Hamptons Bar, which stocks a frankly obscene variety of fizz and spirits – it even has a dedicated gin bar. It's hard to pick a favourite drink but we love this champagne twist on a Latin classic.
Meet me at: Bbar, SW1W 0PP
I’ll have the… Aged Negroni
Add a bit of drama to your midweek drinks with Bbar's innovative vapour cocktails, which feature 'mist' made from 100% natural ingredients. We love this super-strength negroni, which comes with a theatrical side of Valencia orange mist.
Meet me at: Greenwood, SW1E 5LB
I’ll have a… Brit Spritz
May I suggest the Brit Spritz (£12) – Kamm and Sons, elderflower, topped with prosecco and splashed with soda. Image attached.
Meet me at: Bill’s, SW1E 5JL
I’ll have the… English Summer Garden
Enjoy a drink that tastes like a summer picnic even when the weather takes a turn for the worse. This colourful cocktail is a very British blend of gin, wild Sussex elderflower cordial, lime juice and cloudy apple juice.
Meet me at: All Bar One, SW1E 6AJ
I’ll have the… Trouble in Paradise
You can always rely on All Bar One to provide ample choice and price points that won't break the bank. We love its surprisingly creative range of 'twist' cocktails, in particular this grown-up fruity number, which includes Plantation Original Dark rum, triple sec, passion fruit syrup, lime and ginger ale.
Meet me at: Browns, SW1E 5AG
I’ll have the… Charleston Sour
Transport yourself back to the roaring 1920s with Browns' suitably decadent, Prohibition-inspired cocktail – a potent blend of Bulleit Bourbon, Archers, Earl Grey syrup, lemon juice and peach bitters.
Meet me at: Stoke House, SW1W 0AJ
I’ll have a... Skinny Colada
If you like piña coladas, but also like being able to fit into your skinny jeans, try Stoke House's slimline version of this normally calorific cocktail. We approve.
Meet me at: UNI, SW1W 0LU
I’ll have a... Sake Mary
Victoria's favourite Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant has come up with the ultimate hangover cure in the form of this punchy twist on a classic bloody Mary, adding sake, wasabi and spices.
Meet me at: Tozi Restaurant & Bar, SW1V 1HJ
I’ll have a... Rose Mallow
Venetian-themed institution Tozi has some of the finest ranges of Italian wines, craft beers, bubbles and cocktails this side of Sicily. It's hard to pick just one standout drink, but we'll go for the rose mallow, a chic blend of classic Aperol, Briottet green tea and hibiscus liqueur, vanilla syrup, lemon juice and egg white.
Meet me at: Réunion Bar at The Grosvenor, SW1W 0SJ
I’ll have a… Corsica
The Grosvenor Hotel's famous Réunion Bar harks back to a glamorous age of train travel, and what better way to daydream that you're about to board the Orient Express to exotic pastures than with a suitably regal champagne cocktail. The Corsica is a real treat, mixed with fig liqueur, amaretto, truffle honey and lemon juice before being 'charged' with champagne.
Meet me at: Balls Brothers, SW1W 0RN
I’ll have a... Brother’s Grape
Venerable boozer Balls Brothers has been knocking around London since 1860, so it's safe to assume the staff know a thing or two about mixing a good drink. This refreshing number, made with Tanqueray gin, elderflower cordial, red grapes and lemon juice, is a real winner.
Meet me at: Ebury Wine Bar & Restaurant, SW1W 9QU
I’ll have a... Tom Collins
This hidden gem of a bar has been a local favourite for some 40 years. It may be famous for its extensive wine list, but the team also mix a mean cocktail. Go for something classic, like a no-nonsense Tom Collins or an old fashioned.
London Cocktail Week takes place 2 - 8 October 2017