With 26 sports over 39 disciplines, this Olympics lark is going to be thirsty work. And that’s just for those of us watching. Of course, healthy smoothies, fresh juices and good old h2oh-so-good-for-you will be imbibed throughout the day but come the evening, well, it’s time to discuss the greatest show on earth over a cocktail.
May The Games commence…
For Olympic drinks in quiet settings:
As well as installing a screen in the bar to watch the games, Sylvia Kaniecka at Bonds has created the ‘Bonds Flame’ (rum, coconut syrup, blended banana, banana liqueur and pineapple juice). It sounds like a Pina Colada to us but hey, once it’s ignited, it takes on winning dimensions.
5 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AY. T: 020 7657 8090. theetoncollection.co.uk
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych hotel
Pull up a stool at the glorious Lobby Bar and order one of the three specially created Olympus cocktails created by Pedro Paulo, winner of The Galvin Cup 2012. Sip on One Apricot (Zorokovich vodka, Esprit de June grape blossom vine flower liqueuer, China Martini liqueur, lime juice and fresh apricot); Olympus Torch (Merlet cognac, maraschino, hibiscus syrup, fresh lime and passion fruit juice), and the Royal Cup (Bombay Sapphire gin, homemade chamomile and bergamot cordial and St-Germain elderflower liqueur).
One Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020 7300 1000. onealdwych.com
Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols
New on the menu for the duration of the Games, four great cocktails to share with friends, ranging from the Pelops Punch, a lavish tribute to the Ancient Greek Olympians (Champagne, brandy, pressed grapes, thyme, preserved lemon and honey, garnished with vine leaves and grapes), to the Offside (Beefeater 24 gin, pink grapefruit juice, Kamm and Sons ginseng liqueur, lemon, apricot liqueur and lychee juice, served in a football).
109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. T: 020 7235 5250. harveynichols.com
Try the imaginative selection of cocktails on the menu here including the red, white and blue-layered Team GB Martini (Absolut Vanilla vodka, grenadine, Blue Curacao and lime), and the Medals cocktails, a Gold, Silver and Bronze Martini each coated with edible gold, silver or bronze powder.
18-21 Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6AH. T: 020 7012 3700. malmaison.com
For getting into the Olympic spirit with fun, games and cocktails:
Leonard Street car park is the other Olympic venue in east London. But unlike Stratford even couch potatoes can strike gold here. Drop by for table football, basketball and a paddling pool but if that’s too sporty for your taste, there’s live graffiti art, one-off events, cool street food and sports-themed cocktails.
Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH. T: 020 7684 8618. wearetbc.com
You can always rely on these guys to come up with something quirky. For the Olympic Games they’re rooting for Italy big time with a count board keeping a running tabs on the medal count, the Italian National anthem being played and sung throughout the Games and an opening party where party goers will also have a chance to win their own gold Bunga Bunga medal for the best karaoke performers of the night. There’s also a dramatic ‘La Torcia Olympica’ cocktail complete with a burning flame for 8-10 people to share, plus their own new Olympic new drinking game, ‘Shot Put’.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA. T: 020 7095 0360. bungabunga-london.com
Fancy your chances at hoola-hooping? How about Hawaiian dancing or limboing? While Usain and co. are going for gold this summer, Kona Kai is inviting guests to participating in the fun and games in its Tiki hotspot in Chelsea. Mixologist Alex Clark has devised a special Spirit of Olympia Iced tea combining ingredients from London, France, Japan and Malaysia.
515 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HD. T: 020 7385 9991. konakai.co.uk
Maddox Beach Club
At 100 metres, Formans Fish Island is the closest venue to the Olympic Stadium, so where better to soak up the atmosphere of the Games? Maddox Club will be recreating the glamour of St. Tropez at the Hackney Wick location, complete with man-made beach and palm trees, volleyball court and sun loungers surrounding the indoor bar and a giant screening to check out the sporting action.
Stour Road, E3 2NT. maddox.club.com
Supperclub have taken the Olympic theme and run with it (pardon the pun), transforming the Notting Hill venue into a traditional Greek Olympiad. As well as the cocktails, expect chariots, ancient games, plenty of togas and a reenacment of the traditional Greek Olympics in honour of London 2012.
12 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5QZ. T: 020 8964 6600. supperclub.com
For athletes and big spenders
The Last Lap at Chinawhite
After the athletes have completed their last event, they’re invited to get into the spirit of the occasion at Chinawhite. Here, GB gold winners will be randomly gifted a Last Lap cocktail priced at £2,012 and containing Hennessy Paradis Imperial cognac, Luxor 24 ct. gold-leaf champagne and a handmade set of 18 ct. gold rings studded with a black diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire. The exclusive cocktail can also be ordered by big spenders from 27 July to 12 August.
4 Winsley Street, W1W 8HF. T: 020 7291 1480. chinawhite.com