The Trading House
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
If you’re looking for an old-school drinking den, The Trading House is most certainly the one to choose. Decked out like an elegant saloon bar from the days of the British Empire, The Trading House is filled with unique touches, curios and some downright eccentric artifacts. Once you can get past the stuffed animal heads staring down at you from the walls (lions and zebras and rabbits, oh my!), you can start to appreciate the dark wood pillars, worn parquet flooring and ornate metal bar, all punctuated with palm fronds and delicate glass light shades.
The food menu at The Trading House errs towards gastropub-style comforts like pork schnitzel, steak & stout pie, rotisserie chicken and the ever-so-popular hanging kebabs. But if you don’t have much of an appetite, the bar nibbles and starters are delicious in their design, like the salt & pepper onion petals and pork crackling with chilli, spring onion and sweet apple sauce. New World wines come by the glass or bottle, while the selection of Old World wines and champagnes by the bottle skew more towards the vintage variety. The Trading House’s cocktail list is an ingenious collection of both classic and contemporary concoctions, infused with tea and spices. The Cherry Fennel Sling (gin, homemade fennel seed-infused syrup and sweet cherries), and the Trader’s Treacle (rum, herbal tea and apple juice) both display the bar team’s flair for flavour pairings, but the real stars of the show are the cocktail and beer infusions, such as Crafty Dan’s Summer Garden (summer garden tea, rum, elderflower and fruity IPA) that separate this eclectic bar from the rest.