This little player is making itself a big name at the end of the ginger line. The original London Particular kitchen has expanded to open a fish bar on one side and a boozy hang on the other – The LP Bar. Like its siblings, it works with small suppliers, local flavours and the edgy hipster vibe of south-east London’s New Cross.
The bar flies the aeronautical theme, both in the décor and the drinks’ names. Try the house signature Aviation Redirected – a blend of gin, maraschino, lemon and orange bitters laced together with orange blossom water, lightly floral with a deliciously fresh lingering taste. Those who like showing off a bit should try the ever-classic Rum Blazer with rum (naturally), bitters, lime and a fiery orange peel. Just the showmanship involved will make it worth your while. Probably best not to order when you’re in flight though.
Cocktail in hand, wander to the back room where you’ll be able to sit in authentic airline seats under framed safety jackets and plane wings. Plus there’s none of the bad in-flight food here – bites come from the fantastic kitchen next door, which you can order from if you sit outside.
Best Bars tip: The bar is also open during the day – serving tea, freshly brewed coffee and cakes.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest