Both whisky and The Royal Exchange have been around for a while. An early reference to the Scottish spirit traces it back to around 1494 (though it is often argued to be older), whereas the somewhat-babyish-in-comparison commercial building was opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571.
Thus, the melding of the two things makes perfect sense. After 450 years of beautiful coexistence in separate harmony, the pair have teamed up to deliver the Scotch-filled-speakeasy you never knew you needed.
The Libertine is the brand new venue unpacking their highball glasses in the vaults under The Royal Exchange. Beneath the floors of the building, London’s revellers are treated to multiple drinking and dining spaces, private dining rooms – including a special whisky vault for tasting experiences – and much more.
We’ve alluded to The Royal Exchange’s historic depth– it’s an old-fashioned affair, if you will. But to take a seat with a tipple at The Libertine, is to do so at London’s first ever venue to serve alcohol with a royal title. With that kind of prestige, you’d expect the menus to be pretty impressive to live up to that name. But don’t you worry, they’re more than ready for any challenges, and you’re sure not to leave disappointed.
Starting with the showstopping alcohol list, The Libertine ensures that all palates are catered for. Whether you’re in possession of whisky-adoring taste buds or an appetite that veers towards hops and grapes, they’ve got you sorted. Those on one side of the fence can treat themselves to a fine Smoky Thyme Old Fashioned or a Pink Peppercorn Negroni, and those on the other can select a fine vintage from a world-renowned vineyard or a beer that you know and love. And those left in the middle? There’s a whole menu of classic cocktails for them dive into.
The Libertine don’t pull any punches when it comes to the food, either. Try their dry aged prime cuts of steak, such as their fillet and Wagyu Picanha. You can even try a massive steak sharing board, great for up to four people. Elsewhere on the menu, customers will also find dishes that range from lobster gratin, pot-roasted cauliflower, Béarnaise burgers and plenty, plenty more.
So grab a table, have a seat, and relax with a drink in hand and a great meal in front of you.