In hindsight, I regret the angle in which I went with the title. We at Secret London don’t consider alcohol naughty. If we did, I’d be behaving extremely badly more often than not (hey, there’s nothing wrong with
a lot a bit of midweek wine-ing, ok?). Aaanyway, we’re ditching the wine for something a little sweeter. It seems London has a habit of taking the innocent things you once scoffed as a child and adding a generous glug of booze. Not that we’re complaining. At all.
1. Liquor Shakes Pop Up
Move over la Freakshake. Liquor Shakes are offering us grown ups something with a bit of a kick and upping the boozy milkshake game. After the success of their previous pop-up in Shoreditch, Liquor Shakes have decided to celebrate the end of summer with another stint at Dark Sugars cocoa house on Brick Lane! They’ll be there from Thursday 22nd September until Sunday 25th, whizzing up a delicious selection of creamy, boozy shakes. Flavours include the Randy Brandy made with Courvoisier VSOP, vanilla, caramel and chocolate, as well as the Boozy Banana made with Captain Morgan rum, banana, caramel and chocolate. You can get two milkshakes for £12 on Fever – find out more here!
124 Brick Ln, E1 6SB
2. Boozy Bubbleology
If you’re a fan of the strange, yet extraordinarily satisfying ‘bubble tea’, then this new development will blow your bubbly mind. Bubbleology have teamed with the company behind Malibu, Kahlua and Absolut to bring you some seriously spiked drinks. They’re introducing 8 new ‘hard shake’ flavours to the menu, which will all be under £5, including a Malibu twist on a Pina Colada and a Banoffee milk tea spiked with Kahlua. If you haven’t tried bursting a sweet bubble in your mouth yet, what better reason than cheap booze to try it now?
You have until the end of September to head to the ever-popular Madison Rooftop Bar to try one of their Caketail creations. Concocted by master mixologists, each cocktail is matched with a cupcake that has been infused with the same ingredients, resulting in a mouth-watering combination of our two favourite things. And we know that cocktails and cake are a pairing that Mary Berry, queen of the boozy baking world, would definitely be on board for. The pairings at Madison include their unique take on the classics, such as the Espresso Martini, the Dark and Stormy and the Cosmopolitan.
One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AD
4. Bompass and Parr Alcoholic Jelly
The crazy cats at Bompass & Parr have been taking our breath away with their wobbly creations for some time now (you might have missed their jellified version of St Paul’s Cathedral in the Harrods Jelly Parlour earlier this year). If you fancy tasting some of their adult-only jelly, this season’s menu includes a Cherry Blossom flavour spiked with sake, as well as a ‘Tacos and Tequila’ flavour. See their full line up of Spring & Summer flavours here.
5. Rum Caviar at Basement Sate
Basement Sate is the Soho cocktail bar that puts dessert in the limelight. Teaming a fantastic drinks menu with an even more tempting dessert selection, it’s a great pit stop for an intimate drink, some nibbling and (not so seductive) lip licking. If you try the Ultra Colada on the dessert menu, your taste buds will be treated to a medley of roasted pineapple, coconut mousse, lime heart and coconut cake, served with, wait for it, Rum Caviar. Not your regular fish roe folks (nothing to do with seafood whatsoever), just boozy bubbles of molecular deliciousness.
8 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HN