This is one of those blogs where I don’t want to create a cute heading for as the Worship St Whistling Shop, a gin palace tucked away in East London, does all the cute heading work for me.
My last Friday night in London I headed here to meet Chuck and Rose for a drink on the recommendation of a Guardian reading Bean. We arrived down the back St that perfectly suits the name Worship St and headed downstairs into the bar already filling with the after five work crowd.
The bar seemed fairly large spanning across two rooms and I made my way to the very back corner where we had a table reserved for us.
Think a London speakeasy all dark and intimate and the perfect place to retreat from the world. The bar specializes in Gin and has a fantastically broad drinks menu spanning a variety of almost chemistry like drinks (created in their very own Queen Victoria Experimental Beverage Labratory) and of course a full selection of Gin. Essentially this is a gin lovers paradise with not just the bar but a dram shop and emporium.
We ordered our first cocktails and settled into catch up. While slowly sipping our drinks (I love that they had table service) one of the waiters brought over these amazing dry ice meringues a recent experiment from the kitchen. These tiny morsels were amazing and left us with chilled breath ready to be warmed by our Gin.
Upon finishing our cocktails we ordered a Hendricks Gin and Tonic, think an almost savory cucumber type of gin. We had noticed a few people walking around in costume (think Oliver) but as I was very much jet lagged (I had flown back in from New York that morning) my fuzzy brain really hadn’t questioned their presence. One of these costumed individuals came up to our table and advised us that they had the head distiller from Tanqueray visiting for the evening and for a few pounds we could go and hear about Tanqueray, learn it’s secrets and have a specially mixed house special cocktail. We were in!
We entered this tiny room constructed of frosted glass and woodin the middle of the dim room. Lit entirely by candles and just big enough to hold the giant bathtub in the middle filled with the ingredients used to make Tanqueray.
We learnt about the secrets of the drink and had taster samples (I.e. Full shot glasses) of both Tanqueray and Tanqueray number 10. Old Tom, the head distiller was charming, funny, evidently a bit of a ladies man and incredibly cheery as he joined us in our drinks. It was a really interesting experience and one I am glad to partake of. Once we were done we sidled out past the bath tub and collected of gin cocktails using Tanqueray No 10, something else and apricot marmalade all wrapped up in a cute little medicine bottle and brown paper bag.
This is a great bar and if in London the Worship St Whistling Shop should be on your to do list!