Thanks to long association with the high life - taking in the Rat Pack and James Bond along the way - no other cocktail evokes style, class and sophistication like the dry Martini. But, considering the wide availability of ingredients (every pub in the country must stock gin and vermouth) and relatively simple method, it's odd how few places even attempt to serve one, never mind do it well. Below are five London bars where you'll get a great martini (briefly: always gin, in a frozen glass if at all possible and never shaken), and a great martini means a great bar.
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Hands up who has a favourite off licence? An important part of a weekend off work, can be selecting that evenings refreshment! Looking to find something new and exciting to try – something we've not seen or heard off. Or hoping for some guidance or recommendations for a pairing with our planned meals.