Mansion Bar & Parlour
May 11, 2018
The new bar at Earls Court’s boutique Indigo Hotel boasts an exciting cocktail programme featuring more than a little molecular wizardry. The drinks are gathered into groups, which are named for the neighbourhood’s famous residents notable folks like Beatrix Potter, Alfred Hitchcock and Freddie Mercury. The most intriguing drinks are in the Norman Lockyer section, named for the pioneer scientist, and here you can choose a carbonized Negroni, a lightly sparkling twist on an American classic, or a Strawberry Jelly Daiquiri. The Winston Churchill section boasts straight-up, no nonsense classics like the Manhattan and Martinez. The Freddy Mercury section features fizzy favourites like the Kir Royale and the Rossini, alongside the Manshion au Champagne, a contemporary take on the Soyer au Champagne, and the Beatrix Potter selection features a range of non-alcoholic concoctions, while the Oscar Wilde selection on the other hand features an awful lot of absinthe (but of course). The space itself is handsome and intimate if not super-slick, and the bartenders are both efficient and friendly with it, the service warmer than it can be in some hotel bars.