Bejewelled cocktails are the theme this Spring at Royal Exchange’s Threadneedle Bar. We take a trip down for a grown-up Friday night out.
Located in the stunning Royal Exchange building at Bank, London’s once bustling trading floor now serves as a luxury shopping centre, dotted with posh eateries establishments like this one. The building which was completely redesigned by architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson in 2001, is still somewhat reminiscent of its rich heritage. The gilded copper grasshopper weathervane – a symbol taken from the Gresham family crest, serving as a gentle reminder of what was.
Within the historic building, Threadneedle bar is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a grown-up night out. It has none of the boisterous high street vibe. Instead, we are transported to a sanctuary of elegance, where our neighbours are casually draped in Savile Row’s finest.
In partnership with British jewellery designer Theo Fennell, Threadneedle Bar has launched three bespoke cocktails inspired by his original art work. The boutique also lies conveniently underneath the bar, in case you were looking for a wander after.
Interestingly, Theo’s craftsmanship extends beyond jewellery. He also designs trophies for The Italian and Monaco Formula One Grand Prix and the Man of the Match Trophy for the FA Cup Final.
The bar is famous for serving cocktails from Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide – America’s first mixology literature, published in 1862. But we were here for the bejewelled cocktails, so we skipped right to the trio of tipples inspired by Theo’s latest creations.
The Rosemary’s Sapphire Fizz – muddled with fresh rosemary, grapefruit, and a combination of prosecco and gin, is refreshing from start to finish. It is representative of a slender Peach & Purple Sapphire Empress Necklace decorated with pave diamonds.
Next up is the Emerald Mine. A soothing turquoise coloured variation of the tropical Piña Colada, it is created with the simple addition of blue curaco. The only missing element we felt was a sandy beach and sunshine to match. The cocktail is inspired by eye-catching turtle charms crafted with tsavorite and diamonds on a delicate yellow gold necklace.
Finally, the Pot of Gold is a too-sweet whisky based drink blended with apricot brandy, chocolate bitters and Japanese liquer umeshu choya, served in a pretty teapot. The resembling piece of jewellery is a pair of Citrine Bee Earrings – famed as one of Theo’s classics.
If you’re hungry, we recommend the rare seared Yellowfin tuna nicoise – dusted with fiery pepper it offsets the sweet cocktails wonderfully.
Elegant surroundings, inspired cocktails and the chance to continue the evening with a shopping spree makes this an ideal location for a mature city-side celebration.
Threadneedle Bar is open from 11 am to 11 pm, Monday to Friday.
Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR | 020 7618 2408 | royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk/at/lounge-bank