Now that everywhere's table service, you might as well go the whole hog and get your drinks mixed for you there as well. Here's our guide to London's best cocktail and drinks trolleys for tableside action.
34 Grosvenor Square (entrance on South Audley Street), London W1K 2HD
If you book the private dining Emin Room at 34 you’ll be able to try drinks from the restaurant’s bespoke Whisky Trolley. It’s got whiskies from all over the world, starting in Scotland but also taking in American bourbon and Japanese single malts. Choose whether you fancy it neat with a sculpted ice ball or just a touch of water.
Follow them on Instagram: @34mayfair
45 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN
Head outdoors to the covered and heated alfresco terrace CUT Out where you can ask them to swing by your table with the Negroni trolley. There’s a choice of The Classic Negroni, Vintage Negroni and Aged Negroni which has spent eight weeks in an American oak barrel for a fuller taste.
Follow them on Instagram: @45parklane
61-67 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3HU
If bottomless brunch sounds a little passe try this City alternative - a post-brunch offering of 90 minutes of free-flowing Piper-Heidsieck Champagne. Once you’ve had brunch, you move through to the restaurant's lounge where the Champagne trolley makes the rounds topping up your glass with fizz or mixing up Champagne cocktails.
Follow them on Instagram: @barboun.london
Soho, Shoreditch and The City
What better way to end a meal of excellent chops and ladles of cheesecake at Blacklock than summoning one of their vintage cocktail trolleys? Choose from a generous Negroni or Old Fashioned made tableside for you before you toddle off into the night.
Follow them on Instagram: @blacklockchops
The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
Take a trip around the world with the Cinnamon Club’s Gin Experience. Their gin trolley is groaning with options from London and Ireland through to New Zealand and the USA. Order them with tonic, or served up as a martini.
Follow them on Instagram: @thecinnamoncollection
Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL
The team at this Grand Dame hotel just picked up the gong for Best International Bar Team at the Spirited Awards. Here, their martini trolley serves it up just as you like it, with a choice of their own handmade bitters and vermouths. You can also now order the Martini for two to take away, if you’d prefer to imbibe at home.
Follow them on Instagram: @theconnaught
35 St James's Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1NY
In charge of perhaps the most famous cocktail trolley in town, Alessandro Palazzi’s martinis are legendarily lethal (we can attest to this), so you’re only allowed to order two of them on any visit to his St James bar. It’s a fancy kind of joint, so make sure you’ve read the dress code before you head on over.
Follow them on Instagram: @dukeslondon
1 Aldwych, West End, London WC2B 4BZ
If you book the boozy option of the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea you’ll receive a visit from their Fizzy Lifting Drinks trolley. Choose from a simple glass of Champagne or opt for a choice of three cocktails served in a mist of dry ice - a Strawberry Juice Water Pistol Punch, The Juicing Room Mix and The Chocolatier.
Follow them on Instagram: @onealdwychhotel
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