Jazz & Blues
The Grand Cafe at the Royal Exchange
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The Grand Cafe at the Royal Exchange can attribute its success to two factors. Firstly, its impressive location in the centre of the Royal Exchange building’s indoor courtyard. Secondly, it’s extensive list of cocktails, premium spirits, wines and champagnes. The first is as good a place as any to start – the building is filled with porticos, high ceilings and tiled floors that all elevate its position as a grand Victorian building. The Grand Cafe is an elegant oval bar in the centre of the interior courtyard, serving bistro-style fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (an international menu utilising local and seasonal ingredients).
When it comes to the drinks, The Grand Cafe revels in its lengthy wine and champagne list from around the world (wines are served by both the glass and bottle, champagne mostly by the bottle). But that is to say nothing of the remarkable cocktail selection, broken down by flavour profile (sweet/fruity/sharp, woody/rich/bitter). A couple that really demonstrate The Grand Cafe’s mixology flair are the Threadneedle Fizz (vodka, green tea, peppermint tea, nettle cordial, lemon and CO2) and the Seasons of Love (vodka-infused dry figs, cream sherry, grapefruit juice and oregano tea), but there’s also some classic gin-based concoctions (Clover Club, Aviation and Corpse Reviver). The spirits selection is vast, and mostly premium, including whiskies and bourbons from around the world, English craft gins and even Guatemalan rum.