London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
Owned by the same team as The Refinery, The Anthologist is designed to be the ‘perfect antidote to the city.’ Located right in the heart of the banking district, it’s a sleek, stylish and frankly enormous – venue, full of lots of clean, sharp lines and cool surfaces with quirky light fittings to stop the place looking too clinical and hard.
There’s a deli and wine shop, a comfortable dining area, a chef’s table in its own alcove and plenty of space for drinking and unwinding. A smartly suited crowd come here to take the edge off a day spent crunching numbers or stalking the trading floor.
But, while you can certainly drop some serious cash here if you wish, it’s not obligatory, far from it. The cocktail list is split into ‘skinny’ and ‘signature’ drinks so you can pace yourself. Skinny drinks are all under 100 calories and include an Apricot Ricky made with gin, lime and apricot liqueur, and an aromatic Russian Rose Martini. There’s a lengthy wine list and an abundance of bubbly.
The atmosphere is sophisticated rather than boisterous, calm, relaxed: a new breed of City bar. Keep your eyes peeled for The Blind Pig, a 1920s-style speakeasy complete with tea cup cocktails in their private room which requires a ‘secret password’ (available on Twitter) to gain entry.
Main photo credit: The Anthologist official website