London Cocktail Week has just wrapped, but for locals, the week was overshadowed by the reopening of the Savoy Hotel and its historic American Bar. The three-year renovation has brought a shine to the place and Slovakian Erik Lorincz, this year's winner of the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender competition, has been installed in the American, while Chris Moore heads up the new Beaufort bar. New signature cocktails include the £ 80 Churchill, made with Hennessy XO muddled with a cigar leaf.
Tony Conigliaro, who pioneered the surge in aged cocktails and whose tiny 69 Colebrook Row is standing-room-only most nights, aims to open a new, more roomy bar in the style of a gentlemen’s club (all welcome, of course) next March. Part of the renovation of an unnamed hotel in the Clerkenwell section of London, Tony C. and staff are currently developing the menu.
Also new, but with a tighter deadline: a London branch of Paris’ Experimental Cocktail Club, this time with the participation of Xavier Padovani, global ambassador of Hendrick’s Gin and a former London bartender himself. Along with the other partners in the successful Paris venture, Padovani is at work building the bar, to be open by Dec. 1, in the Chinatown section of London.