Thursday 1st March marks the day of celebration of authors, illustrators and the wider realm of reading, for World Book Day. We take a look at where you can settle with a book and a cocktail in London today.
The recently refurbished Simpson's in the Strand, one of London's oldest traditional English restaurants, has hosted many a household name from literature over the years, including the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and P G Wodehouse. It's Knight's Bar is well-known for its quintessentially British cocktails, with the menu featuring the Artful Dodger - Simpson's London Dry Gin, Bramble Liqueur, Rosemary Syrup, Lemon Juice, Absinthe, Orange Bitters, Egg White & Soda Water.
The non-alcoholic list includes references to Mary Poppins, and Paddington Bear - Apple Juice, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup and, of course, marmalade.
Also housed in the Savoy buildings, the Beaufort Bar launched their Cocktail of the Moment back in October, featuring drinks inspired by some of the world's most-loved books. The first drink paid homage to the magical Harry Potter series, followed by a limited edition cocktail celebrating 80-years since the publication of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. It's most recent feature is titled The Elementary, a nod to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. This Manhattan-style drink combines ingredients such as orange Curaçao, absinthe and poppy liqueur.
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