Lanes of London, London
Sat on the corner where Mayfair, Oxford Street and Hyde Park meet, the bar at London Marriott Hotel Park Lane is an oasis of calm. A welcoming, casual atmosphere far from the madding crowds outside. It comes complete with comfy chairs and an enviable cocktail list. We met with newly promoted Head Bartender Attilio to learn about his plans for the bar over a gin and tonic.
Typical of their location, they mostly attract a crowd of tourists and business travellers. Gin is a big seller. Attilio puts this down to its status as a London icon, the thing to drink when coming to the capital. The cocktail list is regularly revamped, and Attilio has recently put his personal stamp on the drinks they serve. He likes them to have a broad appeal – the menu is a hit list of classic cocktails – but always with a twist. Guests get something they wouldn’t get elsewhere. Different, unique, but still appealing to what they already know and like. The drinks aren’t the only change. They’ve also introduced a new range of glassware (each drink it paired with its own glass), and a new service style. So far, he’s excited by the results.
Hailing from Italy, Attilio has been bartending in the UK for six years now. He likes Brockmans because it’s truly different to other gins – something that many brands claim but few live up to – and its versatility in cocktails. He’s noticed its popularity growing in his time at the Marriott, with many customers requesting it by name.
His final drink in this lifetime? Typical of his Italian roots, without hesitation he picks the classic negroni. He chooses to add more gin (a man after our own heart), going for 35ml to 25ml each of Campari and Vermouth – Antica Formula is his favourite.
If you fancy trying Attilio’s twists on the classics, Lanes of London is open seven days a week…
Brockmans & Tonic
- 25ml Brockmans Gin
- Fentimans Tonic
- Blackberries & Raspberries
Pour in Brockmans gin and ice. Top with tonic and garnish with blackberries and raspberries.