If festive films have taught me anything, it’s that Christmas is a time for miracles. A time when singing can power Santa’s sleigh, eight year-olds can outwit burglars, and unsupervised kids can mount a festive takeover of an airport (honestly a cracking film, and a lot less terrifying than it sounds). And handily, London’s very own Christmas miracle has just returned to town, as charming festive cocktail bar Miracle at Henrietta has opened for a fourth year of cocktail-fuelled revelry.
Miracle is a big hit over in the US, but the London stop is once again the only place in the UK you’ll find it in 2021. And quite frankly, the rest of the UK are missing out big time. Being American in origin, you’d be right to assume that Miracle is bigger and less restrained than the usual English Christmas gathering – as with last year’s bar, they’ve brought gloriously kitschy decor to town. Aiming to transport you back to Christmases past, an army of throwback Christmas ornaments, colourful lights, and an oversized fireplace have transformed the Henrietta Hotel (hence the name) into a ravishingly retro space.
Eye-popping decor is hardly the only string to Miracle’s bow, however. Their wonderfully wacky Christmas concoctions are just as outlandish as the decor, all bearing whimsical names like Jingle Balls Nog (cognac, sherry, cream, milk, and spices). Last year’s hits such as the Bad Santa – a hot toddy of cider, sherry, cinnamon, and popcorn & bacon butter – are back, along with new concoctions including the Christmas Carol Barrel (Reposado Tequila, Coffee Liqueur, Dry Curacao, Spiced Chocolate, Aromatic Bitters, Orange Bitters) all served in famously fun and festive glassware.
All the drinks are served in gloriously tacky Christmas vessels – witness the SanTaRex, which is served in a dinosaur glass – so you’ll be full of festive cheer by the time you tumble back to reality. Snacks from Italian Supper Club, including Lamb and Cumin Skewers, Chickpea Fritters with Pickled Radish, and Wild Mushroom and Comte Cheese Croquettes, will keep you satisfied between libations too. Not bad, eh? Our advice? Go forth and sleigh those cocktails!
Find Miracle at 14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH, until December 23. Nearest station is Covent Garden. Book your visit here.
Also published on Medium.