30th December 2013

Health authorities have warned of the need to stay cool and hydrated during London’s current hot spell and we’ve came up with the ideal solution: ice …. ice with perhaps a splash of liquor. Hire Space’s James Roche brings you three of London’s best venues to enjoy a summer cocktail.

Opium Chinatown

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It’s not often you find a venue that specialises in both dim sum AND cocktails. It is perhaps more rare these days to find a whiskey cocktail featuring 12 year-old Chivas Regal. At Opium Chinatown, you’ll find both … but not without a little effort.

In true speakeasy style, this bar is mysteriously located in a townhouse behind a secret jade door. Set over three floors, Opium infuses all aspects of Chinese culture from the tastes and flavours used in the cocktail menu to the décor.

If you’re looking for a cool, unique and unusual venue to celebrate your special occasion, then this is the place.

Apples and Pears

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For those of us with fond memories of granny stumbling around the kitchen after one too many “special” pots of tea, the idea of combining booze with one of the nation’s greatest pastimes may not seem overly original. For the majority, the act of sharing a delicious cocktail teapot at trendy East London bar space, Apples and Pears presents the perfect alternative to boozy brunches with the nan.

Why not kick things off with ‘The Mad Hatter’ or the Apples and Pears feature cocktail, a punchy blend of Zubrowska Bison Grass Vodka, pear, lemon and pressed apple juice with a touch of Apples and Pears very own Amber Syrup?

Hungry? The bar menu, created by Nigel’s Food Design, includes a range of delicious sharing platters and snacks served daily from 5pm until late. Located just minutes from Aldgate East station, Apples and Pears provides exclusive hire of the whole venue or single bar use. For more info on this terrific event space, visit its Hire Space profile page!

Looking Glass Cocktail Club

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Another East London favourite, Looking Glass Cocktail Club combines an ultra-stylish interior with mesmerising cocktails and some of the best bar service in the city.

Step through the opulent, Lewis Carroll-inspired ‘looking glass’ and into the venue’s exciting private back room or sit back in the relaxed front bar and (cheesy reference alert) let the ‘wonderland’ come to you!

Whether for corporate functions, product launches, private hire or a refreshing beverage to counter the summer heat, Looking Glass Cocktail Club is a venue demanding your attention.

Thanks James. Truly an expert. For more information on all of our venues, be sure to visit the full Hire Space website Enjoy the sunshine!