214 Bermondsey Post Launch
Five hundred years after King Henry VIII introduced a charge to cross London Bridge causing the gin houses to desert the City in favour of the West End, a gin revival is coming.
At the forefront is new gin and cocktail bar, 214 Bermondsey, which opened its doors at the end of March this year.
For gin lovers or aficionados, cocktail enthusiasts or anyone looking for more than just a refreshing beverage, 214 is a titillating destination.
The gin connoisseurs amongst you will discover a range of nearly 50 different favourites and boutique gin brands including palate teasers from the west coast of America, the home of gin in Holland and even Jensen's Old Tom, made down the road in Bermondsey.
Gone are the big name brands - choice is often more about habit than actual taste and taste is important to the creators of 214. "No two gins are the same so to enhance their unique flavours we have created '214 Tonic' water finding that the addition of this to any gin transforms a classic G&T," said Nick Crispini, owner of 214.
Ideal for a gin novice or anyone who believes that variety is the spice of life is the chance to indulge in a gin flight. Perhaps the most exciting taste test - you'll be given a collection of three gins to sample - names are kept secret in a sealed envelope until you've made a decision on your favourite, unadulterated by brand. There is help at hand, if you get stuck, and the team are always delighted to discuss spirit provenance and characteristics.
The team have worked hard to create a list of gin cocktails that's definitely old, new and borrowed in parts. The classic Gimlet - Plymouth gin with Rose's lime juice, Bramble - Bulldog gin, lemon juice and Crème de Mure, and 214 Collins - Hammer gin, lemon juice, soda, Campari and orange bitters. The extensive cocktail list should more than delight but if you're keen to design your own drink all you need do is ask the talented mixologists to make you something special.
Housed in the basement of celebrated restaurant Antico, 214 Bermondsey sits on the site of the old Bermondsey Antiques Market. Reclaimed brickwork, wood panelling, and leather seating - a mix of urban chic, harking back to the illustrious trading history of the outskirts of the City of London.
For those who haven't already eaten upstairs at Antico, there's a lighter menu of contemporary Italian small plates to accompany your drinks.
Bar Opening Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 17.00 ~ 23.00, Thursday 17.00 ~ 00.00, Friday & Saturday 17.00 ~ 01.30
Reservations recommended either by phone: 020 7403 6875 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
214 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3TQ
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