50/54 Blandford Street Marylebone, London W1U 7HX (Map)
Purl London is a brand new cocktail bar in Marylebone that is the life long ambition of cocktail maestros Bryan Pietersen, Tristan Stephenson, Thomas Aske and Matt Whiley. Atmospheric décor with lots of lovely leather sofas and a deliberately retro feel make it a cool spot to hang out. But it’s the cocktails that shine here. Purl (by definition warm ale, gin and spices as found in Charles Dickens’ Sketches by Boz) is inspired by Dickensian Gin Palaces and Prohibition style speakeasies and has an amazing cocktail list that combines classics/twists on classics influenced by molecular mixology and makes use of hand-made bitters and premium spirits. Watch out for the Negroni made with a huge hard carved chunk of ice and all kinds of wonderful taste sensations. Gin specialities are a -40 Martini which is chilled down to -40c using liquid nitrogen and the excellent Gin Turbo, a fab combination Beefeater gin, home-made tonic syrup, lime juice and a dash of Bobs grapefruit bitters. You won’t ever have another G & T like this!