The week in pictures


My First Painting


Elixir of Success
















On Thursday db ascended to the heavens, 52 floors up at Gong at The Shard – the highest bar in western Europe – to test out its new oriental-themed ‘Circle of Life’ cocktail menu.

Devised by head bartender Christian Maspes, the 18-strong list offers guests a “cocktail journey through time”, with serves grouped into categories including The Wonder Years, First Kiss, Grown Ups and Old School.

Highlights include the very pretty My First Painting, comprised of Star of Bombay gin, Cocchi Rosa, lime, Peychaud bitters, chamomile and egg white.

Elixir of Success, from the Grown Ups category, featured G’Vine gin, Isake classic sake, lemon juice, plum wine, oloroso Sherry and violet soda.

Christian Maspes

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