When the sun is shining and you’ve spent all day cooped up in an office, being able to zip up to a rooftop bar to sip a cocktail in the open air is definitely a reason to love London in the summer.
Throw in some innovative gin based cocktails (because gin is so big right now), and some fabulous rooftop views and I think I’ve probably got you yearning for 6 o’clock already.
I’ve never been a huge gin drinker, but when BLOOM Gin told me about their exclusive cocktails being served at the Rooftop Garden Bar at Vista, on the top of The Trafalgar Hilton Hotel, I was curious to try them out. Do a little bit of research on BLOOM London Premium Dry Gin and you’ll learn that it has lots to shout about.
It was established in 1761 and is distilled in the oldest distillery in the UK. BLOOM Distiller Joanne Moore is the first female Master Gin Distiller in the UK and the gin itself has quite delicate and floral qualities, enriched with chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo.
I was intrigued. Perhaps this would help me get over my gin aversion and help me join in on the botanicals trend.
The views from Vista bar are magnificent. Once inside The Trafalgar Hilton Hotel, you take the lift up to the sixth floor and a small set of steps then takes you to a pretty rooftop garden.
There are two sides to the bar and we were lucky enough to be seated at the stools that directly overlook Trafalgar Square. In the distance and to the right we could see The London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Immediately in front of us we could see Nelson’s Column and the other key monuments of Trafalgar Square. It was fabulous.
If you’re going for the BLOOM Gin cocktails, you have four to choose from. I started with a refreshing and fruity bellini which fuses pear juice and blackberry liqueur with a perfectly chilled champagne while Mr C went for the Summer Cooler, a refreshing mix of BLOOM Gin and elderflower cordial.
We then switched to the absolutely delicious BLOOM Lady and the fruity and summery BLOOM Spring Stroll.
The BLOOM Lady was right up my street. Made with Contreau and lemon juice, it was citrusy yet sweet and had a lovely frothy foam topped with lemon zest.
The BLOOM Spring Stroll is a great one to make at home if you want to add something different to your usual Pimm’s. Simply add apple juice, lemonade, and your measure of gin.
We got to Vista just in time for the last of the sunshine and to see a bit of the sunset (although being on the east side and surrounded by buildings, you obviously won’t see it fully).
While we (shamefully) couldn’t name every building we could see from the rooftop (We spent about ten minutes debating over one in particular, just north of the Portrait Gallery and STILL don’t know the answer) we did use the opportunity to get a brilliant panoramic photo, chill out over some superb cocktails and enjoy the view.
While I initially wasn’t really a gin kind of girl, these delicious, summery cocktails have definitely won me over, and allowed me to admire a bit of our city from another new perspective.
To find out more about BLOOM Gin, head over to their website Bloomgin.com and find all the recipes to the cocktails in this post over on the BLOOM Gin Facebook Page. The BLOOM Gin Rooftop Garden Bar at Vista is open until the end of September. They are also holding BLOOM Gin Masterclass sessions every Monday evening throughout the Summer, for £20 per person. To find out more and to book, go to The Trafalgar website.