Access is through a concealed door behind the hotel's tea counter, and tea features across the cocktail list. Signatures include a gin, peach and bergamot smash (Beefeater gin, peach liqueur, Earl Grey tea and fresh mint), a Scotch, coconut and green tea old fashioned, and a negroni infused with pine needle tea. Classics range from house martinis and manhattans to a cognac sazerac made with Hennessy Fine de Cognac and La Fee absinthe.
The new bar at the regenerated St Martin’s Lane Hotel is something of a modern speakeasy. Find the entrance behind a display of loose leaf tea in the foyer, but don’t be fooled – the bar is suited for anything but sobriety. An eclectic array of new world cocktails lie in this blind spot, the booth seating fitted in deep gold felts with misplaced armchairs for all-day, all-night relaxing. A DJ booth ups the mood, but not the tempo – this is strictly for hanging out, not dance offs.