In the good name of the Kentucky Derby, The Whip has galloped its way into London’s finest district: Mayfair. Offering a selection of perfectly crafted cocktails from pros such as Dom Jacobs (former director of bars at Sketch and Harvey Nichols), and James Chase (of Chase Distillery); it’s no surprise that The Whip is set to be one of London’s most sought after destinations.
Some planning quite evidently went into The Whip’s interior. We came across a smorgasbord of delights such as bright handmade jockey silks designed especially by a luxury Savile Row tailor, vintage furniture that was once housed in the Parisian Ritz, and finally an array of whips, trophies and pictures of Derby stars lining the walls. The Whip’s arrival couldn’t have been more perfectly timed with themed bars popping up all over London such as Mr Foggs and Steam & Rye, but our money’s on The Whip to win the race with its luxury feel and unique cocktails.
Perhaps the most popular offering from The Whip is the julep: a traditional bourbon cocktail mixed with mint, sugar and water, served in traditional pewter tin just to hammer home The Whip’s equestrian stamp. It’s so lovely we had 1 or 2 slash 5. Also featuring heavily on their menu are our good friends gin and vodka, direct from Chase distillery.
James Chase on The Whip: “Dom and I have always had a vision to create something we feel is game-changing – a new experience for London that allows us to showcase a few forgotten techniques along the way. We will stock a host of home made ingredients alongside the very best, independent spirits, offering our guests the chance to learn about each one of our suppliers.”
We give The Whip a big fat whinny (a good whinny, always a good whinny) for overall atmosphere, luxury and downright coolness. Put it on your list.
For more details visit The Whip’s website here.
> Client Friendly: Fine for wining & dining
> Affordability: A little treat ££
> Nearest station: Bond Street
> Dress code: Trendy and sophisticated
> Best for: Schmoozing
Words by – VT
[Images courtesy of Max Lacome-Shaw]