There’s something particularly special about sharing a drink with your father. Taking time out to sit down, enjoying carefully crafted cocktails and reminiscing about times gone by is the perfect way to celebrate your shared family and inimitable bond.
And, as you’ll want to trade your inside jokes and memories of years past over the best drinks bars have to offer, Gentleman’s Journal have teamed up with Johnnie Walker Blue Label to find the finest London bars in which to celebrate this Father’s Day — and the ideal cocktails to order…
Launch your night at Quaglinos with ‘The Rocket’
There’s no better bar in London on which to prop up your night than the wrought-iron-and-illuminated-marble sweep at Quaglino’s. As perhaps the ultimate society restaurant, there’s plenty of history within its walls — and so where better to discuss your own family, traditions and times gone by?
And what better drink to order than ‘The Rocket’? A highball of veritable rocket fuel, this heady blend of coconut soda, enoki and smokey Islay perfume sits on a base of Johnnie Walker Blue Label — the out-of-this-world, world-renowned combination of Scotland’s rarest and most exceptional whiskies.
It’s ideal for a celebration, and you get a long, tall drink for £25 — one that also counts ‘oleo sacchrum’ as an ingredient (we don’t know what it is either, but it’s bound to contribute to Quaglino’s sense of intrigue and mystery…)
Add a touch of class with the ‘Blue Diamond’ at The Westbury
There are few hotels with the luxury credentials of Mayfair’s The Westbury. Beyond its five stars, the hotel offers decadent accommodations and unmatched individuality — and enjoys an illustrious position alongside prestigious boutiques, arts institutions and city landmarks.
It’s the perfect place to take your father for a drink this Father’s Day, and The Polo Bar is the ideal setting. Inspired by the Art Deco design movement and taking opulence to the extreme, it is an elegant environment where you can easily while away hours reminiscing over a cocktail or two.
And we’ve got just the order. Plump for the ‘Blue Diamond’; a exquisite mix of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, stirred to perfection with sugar-soaked Ramazzotti Amaro and a coffee-infused smoke. At £38, it’s a cocktail to savour — and, with flavours like these, you’ll want to keep sipping forever.
Polo Bar at The Westbury
To finish your night, head up to Oblix to enjoy a ‘Sea Dog’
Oblix is all about making an impression. And it would be quite the understatement to say that your father had an impression on your upbringing, so why not show your gratitude by taking him for a quality cocktail at the top of the Shard?
And Johnnie Walker Blue Label are currently holding a new immersive experience at Oblix East. ‘The Grand Voyage’ reflects the brand’s own journey, originating in the four corners of Scotland and then expanding across the globe. That means eight exclusive, worldly cocktails — each paired with a small dish.
You’ll want to order the ‘Sea Dog’. Inspired by Asia, this cocktail sees Johnnie Walker Blue Label blended with coconut and cacao, lemon, double cream, smoked coconut and egg whites. It’s a bold tipple, and crafted in the fashion of a Morning Glory cocktail — ironic, as it is certainly best enjoyed as your last glass of the evening…
Oblix at The Shard
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