London is awash with great cocktail bars, so for a want of knowing where they all are, I asked twitter for their recommendations. They came up with loads of great looking places, I even made a cocktail crawl map. But not planning ahead and a few weeks before Christmas is not the best time to try and walk into a Soho cocktail bar without a reservation on a Saturday night. However, straight off the train at around midday we had a celebratory cocktail at Mark's Bar on Brewer Street.
This place was recommended to us by blogger Mrs Petticoat, it's a firm favourite of hers. You go down the stairs through the restaurant Hix and into the cellar. It feels like a secret that you have to know is there, like a New York speak-easy.
I had an ATHOLL BROSE: Parsnip infused Monkey Shoulder blended malt Scotch whisky cooked with Bitter Truth pimento dram, oatmeal brose, cream and heather honey, poured over ice (£10.50).
If you've never had a cocktail at midday before, I can totally recommend it and this one was absolutely perfect as a breakfast pick me up. It'sa gorgeous mixture of cream, honey and whisky, but it somehow felt healthy at the same time. Mark's Bar may very well become a regular habit next time we're down in London as part of an all day cocktail crawl.