Get your Sunday clothes on, we’re off to church – Camberwell Church Street actually, where new cocktail den Communion Bar makes great booze and tasty bites a special ritual. Nestled below tapas restaurant Angels & Gypsies, the space is dark but striking, with brightly coloured stained glass windows and church props adorning all the tables.
The drinks are where things get even more interesting, with flavours influenced by the bar’s south-eastern London setting. The Ortanique Grind & Bubble – with vanilla and orange flower-infused Stolichnaya Vodka, limoncello and prosecco – gets its bittersweet taste from the Jamaican Ortanique citrus. The elegant smokiness of the Dry Cherry illegal, made from Illegal Mezcal, Cherry Marnier, Amarena Cherry sugar rum and the juice of grilled Sicilian lemons, is a sin you won’t regret.
This place calls for communion, so get a group together for a few drinks and order yourselves a selection of tapas from the upstairs restaurant. Go for the classics and try the potato tortillas and the subtly spicy empanadas. With the dim light of the church candles and live music on the weekends, it’ll feel like an awful lot like heaven.
Best Bars tip: Communion’s self-proclaimed “blessed” happy hour graces you with £5 cocktails daily from 6 to 8pm.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest