May 2017 Best Bits

The sun is finally out in the Capital and this month’s hot weather and exciting outdoor events got Londoners in the right mindset for the Summer months ahead. The May bank holidays gave foodies, cocktail lovers and live music enthusiasts plenty of time to enjoy London’s best events - from rooftop openings and cocktail menu launches to Spanish fiestas. Here are some of our best bits from May:

1. EasyJet Traveller included New Generation Festival in its ‘Ten Things Worth Getting On A Plane For’, noting that ‘classical music just got cool’.

2. The General Store’s floral Patent Tonic cocktail, ‘inspired by the true beauty of nature’, was featured in The Telegraph’s floral cocktail roundup for Chelsea’s Flower Show.

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Inspired by "the true beauty of nature" the Patent Tonic from The General Store is a mix of grapefruit, pomegranate, mint and Bloom gin.

3. ES Magazine described The Beaufort Bar as ‘rendering explicit the relationship betwixt cocktails and couture’ and tried its Height Of Fashion cocktail, describing it as ‘smoothly powerful; an iron fist in a velvet glove’.

4. Metro featured the spectacular opening show of The Black Cat Cabaret’s in its London To-Do List. 

5. Recently launched rooftop bar Skylight was included in Evening Standard’s ‘Great Days Out’, with a special mention for its ‘stunning views’. 

6. Spanish festival weekend Feria de Londres was featured in Waitrose Weekend for ‘a taste of Spain’ during the May bank holiday.

7. Serving ‘an evolved definition of pub food’, The Clifton was included in The Telegraph’s ‘Best New Restaurant And Bar Openings’. 

London's best new restaurant and bar openings

Michael Achenbaum, the property developer behind Gansevoort Hotel Group, opens his first London hotel this month. In Shoreditch, The Curtain will beckon big-spending Londoners with its members' club - they'll enjoy various privileges and access to a private rooftop restaurant, pool and live-performance area - and everyone else with a bar and the first European outpost of New York chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster restaurant.

8. THATMuse will have offspring ‘clamouring to go to the British Museum’ with its competitive themed treasure hunts, as featured by Town & Country.

9. Morning Gloryville’s exciting fourth birthday rave was covered in Evening Standard’s Going Out section

10. The Cocktail Trading Company’s newly launched, story-telling cocktail menu was praised by The Spirits Business for ‘taking inventiveness to a new level’.

London's CTC debuts 'playful' cocktail menu

London bar The Cocktail Trading Company (CTC) is "taking inventiveness to a new level" with the launch of a story-telling cocktail menu that presents "unsung classics" in bespoke drinking vessels. Created by Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball, the menu is designed to "conjure certain emotions" through the choice of flavours and off-the-wall presentation.

11. Metro recommends ‘sacking off your morning green juice and dropping by El Bandito instead’ in its article on ‘Weird Cocktails You Should Try’.

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World Cocktail Day falls on May 13 this year, and God help you if you spend it with a jug of Woo Woo down at the local Wetherspoons. Instead, why not delve into London's experimental cocktail scene with one (or two, or three) of these quirky creations?

12. E1 Life Magazine has Ray’s Bar ‘on its radar’ and suggests heading there for its ‘exciting new cocktail menu’.