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Published on June 17th, 2016 | by Gavin


Gong @ The Shangri-La

Gong @ The Shangri-La Gavin

Summary: Cocktails as beautiful as the panoramic views of London


Sky High Cocktails

It’s understandable to come to the conclusion that any bar or restaurant located within Europe’s tallest building is a bit of a novelty, so the quality of food and drink would probably be an afterthought.  However, when it comes to Gong in the Shard, that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.

Gong is the Shangri-La’s level 52bar in the sky’ and holds the title of London’s highest bar. Like much of the Shangri-La Empire, the décor features modern twists of traditional Chinese architecture and succeeds in drawing the wow factor, and that’s before I’ve even spotted the breath-taking views of London’s landmarks from the large panelled windows.

I’ve come to Gong to preview the new cocktail menu designed especially for their Midsummer Night party taking place on Monday 20th June. I had the privilege of tasting some incredible bespoke drinks where, much like the interior, as much care has gone into the presentation as well as the taste- each one is truly a piece of art.

Never Too Old

However there’s no point of having style without substance, so I have to take my hat off to the team that has created some complex, yet fantastically captivating cocktails. My favourite is a blend of Cognac, ginger, citrus fruits, and maple syrup known as the Not Too Old. Short, punchy, and most importantly, upholds the qualities of Remy Martin VSOP. Special mention must also go to Sunshine and Flowers, a rye whisky drink with hints of lavender and herbal blush- a guaranteed hit with both men and women.

If you are looking for a feast of the eyes, you can’t go any more extravagant than the Born to Fly, made with vodka, fig, and basil, arriving in a gold bird cage. If you are feeling adventurous, how about the Remembering Grasshopper that comes accompanied by a lollipop with an insect surprise…

Sunshine and Flowers

All in all, the menu is a resounding success, and you can experience it quite easily for yourself, as Gong has a no reservation policy! I warn you though, such luxury doesn’t come cheap, with drinks averaging around £18 each, and you’ll want to experience at least a couple.

Watch the sunset on the longest day of the year at the Midsummer Night Party taking place on Monday 20th June. Dress code: white elegance.



Gong @ the Shangri-La, Level 52, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.

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