What’s on this weekend
Bowmore x The Savoy
Scotch whisky brand Bowmore has partnered with luxury London hotel The Savoy to open a new outdoor terrace, called Solas.
The new terrace has transformed Savoy Court into a pop-up drinking and dining destination. The offering at Solas features a selection of signature cocktails and a raw seafood menu. Drinks on offer include the Timeless cocktail, which is made with Bowmore whisky, Chezakette Bianco, Averna, Angostura bitters, aquavit and sugar, and the Golden Eye, which combines Bowmore, Cognac, vermouth, Campari, chocolate bitters and spices.
The space features an Art Deco-inspired design, which includes influences of the Bowmore Scotch whisky. Solas is open seven days a week until 21 June 2021.
Homeboy Embassy Gardens
Islington bar Homeboy has opened the doors to its second venue in Embassy Gardens.
Opened by Aaron Wall and Ciaran Smith, the second site launched with an expansive terrace at the complex in London’s Nine Elms region. The new space offers al fresco drinks and dining, with hopes to offer a full opening for indoor service on 17 May in accordance with government guidelines.
Homeboy Embassy Gardens will serve signature cocktails, ‘perfect’ pints of Guinness and an all-day food offering.
Bill Nye x Bombay Sapphire
Bacardi-owned Bombay Sapphire has partnered with TV scientist Bill Nye to create a series of educational videos.
The series kicked off on 9 April and the latest video will go live on Instagram today (23 April). In the episode, Nye explores the complexities of our olfactory sensory neurons. Previous videos have explored the botanicals used in Bombay Sapphire gin, and the final instalment will be published on 30 April, investigating the concept of ‘bubbletivity’ and the science of taste.
To watch each video in the series, head to @billnye on Instagram.
Bombay Sapphire Supermarket
Bombay Sapphire has also partnered with London’s Design Museum to open the Supermarket installation.
Now open at the museum’s Kensington High Street home, the installation is stocked with essential items packaged in artworks created by a line-up of emerging artists. This installation will allow the museum to welcome visitors through its doors once again.
Running until 25 April, Supermarket features work from artists such as Amy Worrall, Charlotte Edey, Joey Yu, Katherine Plumb, Kentaro Okawara, and Michaela Yearwood-Dan.
The Cognac Show
The virtual Cognac Show has kicked off, offering guests an insight into the world of Cognac, Calvados and Armagnac.
Running from today (23 April) until Saturday 24 April, the virtual show boasts a seminar room with 20 exhibitors, including brands such as Remy Martin, Maison Hine and Vallein Tercinier. Seminars taking place over the weekend will investigate old and rare spirits, experimentation with Cognac, and the diversity of the category.
Tickets for the event can be purchased via the show’s website: www.cognacshow.com.
Seven Dials Unplugged
London’s Seven Dials has kicked off its Unplugged series of live concerts.
Running every Saturday until 26 June, the Seven Dials Unplugged series will offer outdoor live music for drinkers and diners in the city. The series will see musicians including retro indie pop singer Cheriton, singer song-writer duo The Stone Jets, and violinist duo Momento take to the stage for an alfresco acoustic set.
The Seven Dials Unplugged initiative aims to provide much-needed support and exposure to UK performers who have been heavily affected by Covid-19.
Scotland’s Glenturret distillery will reopen its visitor centre from Monday 26 April.
The site, which is Scotland’s oldest working distillery, will reopen its visitor centre for distillery tours, alongside a new gift shop and café. During their visit, guests will be guided through the making of Glenturret whisky by enthusiastic and knowledgeable hosts.
The site also features a new gift shop, which offers a selection of single malts, the full range of The Glenturret, as well as locally-produced gifts.
Bacardi-owned Dewar’s Aberfeldy is also preparing to open its doors to visitors once again on 26 April.
Once open, the distillery will offer tours of its site, giving guests an insight into the heritage and history of the distillery. Ahead of its reopening, the Aberfeldy distillery is also offering two virtual experiences for guests to enjoy at home. Whisky fans can choose from a virtual tour and tasting, or a cocktail and tasting experience.
To find out more about the virtual events, visit the distillery’s website.
The Macallan Manor
Scotch whisky brand The Macallan has taken over the terrace at London’s Rosewood hotel.
The Macallan Manor has opened at the luxury London hotel, inspired by summer in Scotland and aiming to transport drinkers to the distillery’s Speyside home. Open for six months, the terrace offers creative drinks and al fresco dining options.
Taking inspiration from the banks of the River Spey and The Macallan Estate, the terrace is surrounded by grasses, wild flowers and Scottish heathers, while the entrance is flanked with willow trees. Bookings can be made via the hotel’s website.
Spirit of Speyside
Scotch whisky festival the Spirit of Speyside will kick off its 21st event on Thursday (29 April).
The event, which will run in a virtual format this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, offers a schedule of virtual tastings, masterclasses and other events. From Thursday, participants will be able to take part in workshops such as The Malt Whisky Trail – Taste the Trail, an interactive tasting hosted by Stephanie Murray of The Dowans Hotel; Friday Mixology with Strathisla Distillery, a cocktail-making masterclass hosted by brand ambassador Rhys Wilson; and The Legacy of Mr George, a conversation with Stephen Rankin and Charles MacLean.
Festival passes can be purchased online at the Spirit of Speyside website, priced from £15 (US$21).