Book your tickets and take your seats ladies and gentlemen, London’s hottest show has arrived in town – here for a one year run in the heart of Covent Garden. We should say shows actually – as this is no less than 17 shows in one! Confused? Don’t be – we’re talking, of course, about One Aldwych hotel’s brand new Showtime Cocktails menu, which is an impressive production in itself. It’s taken almost one year to put the show together, and The Lobby Bar’s Showtime Cocktails collection is sure to wow theatre fans and cocktail aficionados alike.
Inspired by the London hotel’s Theatreland location, the menu has been divided into Comedies, Musicals Satires and Dramas – plus a sneaky peek Backstage too, more on that later! Directed by the Lobby Bar’s award-winning manager Pedro Paulo, the showstopping collection has something for the serious amongst you – a Mediterranean Macbeth (gin, rosemary, campari and Champagne) or King Lear-inspired Three Reigns (gin, bergamot, elderflower, rooibos and Champagne) perhaps, as well as those looking for something a little more light-hearted – try Take A Chance on Me (Mamma Mia-themed with gin, Champagne and gooseberry liqueur) or The Holy Mary (with tomato-and-strawberry, inspired by The Book Of Mormon).
A prettily illustrated menu acts as a programme for the production – which also serves to showcase the spectacular original glassware used for the cocktails, think sculptural goblets, engraved copper tumblers and globe-shaped vessels. Suffice to say, there’s more than a touch of theatricality at work here! We loved the heady hit (mezcal and tequila) and exotic fruit flavours (passion fruit, pomegranate and peach) of the Aladdin-inspired Jasmine Breeze – sure to impress as its served on a bed of billowing scented smoke. The impossibly pretty Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed Fairy Garden Infusion is presented in a magical glass wheel, filled with fresh fruit and an aromatic mix of gin, white port and rose lemonade, offset with a hint of coriander bitters. The sweet-sour Don Quixote-inspired Sancho Panza is another one we tried and loved – a punchy blend of rum, ginger and vanilla.
But the real showstopper of the collection comes when we take a spectacular trip behind the scenes using virtual reality – and try The Origin. Pop on your headphones and VR headset, and prepare to be transported to the Scottish Highlands to discover the background of The Origin. Aerial footage takes us over sweeping hillsides, forests, fields and shimmering blue waters to the heart of where Dalmore 12 year old whisky is made. As the two-minute film comes to an end, we make our way – thanks to virtual reality – back through the streets of Covent Garden, and into the hotel bar. As the film fades, there’s a hint of the scent of cherrywood smoke in the air – and taking your headset off, you’ll find The Origin before you, ready to try. Sweet yet smoky with deep notes of chocolate bitters alongside cherry liqueur and whisky, it’s a fascinating – and fun – experience.
If the cocktails are starting to go to your head, never fear – there’s bar food pairings devised to match with the drinks. The pulled pork buns and spiced lamb tortilla wraps ensure you’ll be able to make some headway on the bar’s 17 shows – Moulin Rouge, The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Play That Goes Wrong and Uncle Vanya are all waiting to go on stage!
Showtime Cocktails are priced from £16, with bar bites costing £7. To find out more information or to book a table, see One Aldwych’s website, telephone +44 (0) 20 7300 1070 or email LobbyBar@onealdwych.com.