48 Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DE (Map)
The Lonsdale, in uber trendy Notting Hill, is firmly established as one of London’s top cocktail destinations. Not surprising as the boxes virtually tick themselves: check adventurous décor, an accessible location, great food and drinks to die for. Maestro Dick Bradsell designed the original cocktail list and the new Lonsdale menu showcases all that is best about the London cocktail scene. So there’s a fantastic range of contemporary classics such as the ever popular Bramble. Head barkeep Charles Vexenat has also gone to endless trouble to source recipes for traditional London drinks such as the sours, bucks, flips and sangarees popular in Victorian times and his Summer Gin Punch is a must. There are lots of Gintime gins behind the bar and a rare opportunity to explore the delights of Beefeater Crown Jewel.