Behind the Bar: Get your Downton Abbey fix at Aqua Shard

We made our way high above London’s glittering skyline to try out the latest experiential cocktail menu from Aqua Shard. Amidst jaw-dropping views and lush interiors, Aqua Shard’s Downtown Abbey menu will surely transport you to the Crawley manor, albeit 31 floors above the ground.

The quirky cocktail menu takes historical inspirations from the hit period drama and is availably until the end of the year. Aqua Shard Bar Manager Sophie Bratt has added some unexpected twists to your favourite cocktail classics and gave that will surely get the Edwardian stamp of approval. Here are a few of our favourites…

The Lady

The Lady was inspired by the Crawley family’s matriarch, Lady Violet. It’s a subtly sweet mixture of The Violet Fog Gin, Graham’s blend No 5 white Port, Creme de Violette, and lychee juice, finished off with some violet flowers and served in an equally lady-like compete glass. Now that’s a drink that’s fit for a lady.

The Head Housekeeper

This eccentric gin-sour inspired concoction is served in a stemmed teacup and will make you question whether to hold it by the stem or by the handle. It is updated with Warner’s Honeybee gin, lemon and raspberry jam and takes inspiration from Downton Abbey’s housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes.

The Butler

Mr. Carson, the Crawley family’s butler, is probably one of England’s most famous fictional butlers and this drink is a fitting tribute. It’s made with Roe and Co Irish Whiskey, Poire William, Absinthe – and a touch of vanilla sugar. Not to mention, it’s served in a brandy balloon – and with a matching bell too!

The Manor House

This drink takes traditional Yorkshire flavours (where the program is set) with some contemporary twists. Its made with rhubarb and Yorkshire tea, Warmers rhubarb gin, Belsazar rose vermouth, Supasowa citrus, and Cointreau.

The Downton Abbey menu is now available in For more information visit the website or call 020 3011 1256

Hannah Lynn Tan

Hannah has been working in the fashion industry for over five years. A mainstay at London Fashion Week, Hannah not only has heaps of insider fashion knowledge, but a genuine understanding of the essentials of style

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