One of two of my city bar guides in Gin Magazine, Summer 2023 edition. My Bar Guide to 8 top bars in London now:
Bars featured: Soma Soho, Seed Library, Duke’s, The Mezcaleria at KOL, Rovi, Punch Room at the London Edition, 8 at the Londoner, Tayer + Elementary Read more →
As I am the W50 Academy Chairperson for W. North America, I was back in London July 2022 for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, hosted by the one and only Stanley Tucci. In addition to all the special events and meals surrounding W50B awards, I did the usual: packed in a number of restaurants and bars for research. I’ll outline top bars in another publication this year, but here, the 7 restaurant standouts this return to London. Read more →
This issue I cover three bartenders and global bars, featuring their cocktail recipes inspired by more unsung classic gin cocktails…
+ My opinion column on the state of gin and cocktail bars in the U.S. now: How Will We Drink in 2022?
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Having visited over 20,00 bars around the globe, The Cocktail Lovers’ Change issue was about talking to nine special bars around the globe about how they are coping and changing in pandemic — and what their countries are doing around aid.
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My first print feature for Europe’s new Travelux magazine on luxury wine, spirits and travel (from Paragraph, the publishers of Whisky Magazine and Gin Magazine, which I write for every issue). This feature, it’s my guide in where to eat, drink and buy spirits in London’s Heathrow airport: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pnum=62&edid=a5630aa3-9483-4033-acb4-c066436c8e44&isshared=true – Read more →
In the Summer 2019 print issue of Distiller Magazine: My article on 10 of London’s best bars (Duke’s Bar, Mint Gun Club, Every Cloud, Satan’s Whiskers, American Bar at the Savoy, Oriole, Cub, Fitz’s Bar at The Principal, 69 Colebrooke Row, Three Sheets). My interview with Sacred Spirits distiller and London craft distilling pioneer, Ian Hart My interview… Read more →
One jumps at the chance to spend a day at London’s Beefeater Distillery, particularly when given a personal tour by Beefeater’s master distiller Desmond Payne. Gracious and mannered, Payne has been making gin for over 40 years, his early days being at Plymouth Gin. An English picnic in Kensington Gardens and a week full of fine food and cocktails at… Read more →
A 3 1/2 hour train ride through the rolling, green English landscape (yes, dotted with sheep and cows), remains as idyllic as my memories. Ten years ago I explored the central and northern parts of the country, feeling strangely at home in the English countryside and moors. This Summer brought me to the southwestern coast of England and the town… Read more →
It was 10 years ago that I spent a month in England, a country I felt immediately at home in. Returning to the incomparable London last month certainly revealed changes – most for the better, including the ignited culinary and cocktail scene (I covered cocktails last issue). Maybe it wasn’t as devastatingly amazing as some claimed (and produce still falls… Read more →
Twenty-five bars across multiple areas, from Notting Hill to Hoxton… I did some serious exploring of London’s famed cocktail scene, from cutting-edge experimentation to divey comfort, legendary classics to just-opened destinations. I sipped with cocktail luminaries like Nick Strangeway over dinner at Hix, and imbibed incognito. As I dig into the scene in any city I travel, here’s my take-aways… Read more →