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Published on November 6th, 2014 | by Sophia Longhi


TwoRuba, London Bridge

TwoRuba, London Bridge Sophia Longhi

Summary: May be in a hotel, but it's a great bar in its own right


Extensive Cocktail List

Set on the ground floor of the Hilton London Tower Bridge, TwoRuba has had a recent relaunch and rebranding to gain its own individuality and set itself apart from the rather dry image of a hotel bar. 500K later, some glitzy decor and a brand new menu, has TwoRuba hit the spot for both visiting business bods and high-end City folk who just want a well-made cocktail and some tasty tapas?

The new luxe-look furnishings are easy on the eye and golden chainmail drapes gives the whole atmosphere a shimmering glow, just like a glass of champagne – which may have been a design intention, considering that champagne cocktails are the house speciality. TwoRuba still feels like a hotel bar, but the relaxed lounge vibe and contemporary interior makes it a stylish one where you could visit independently of the hotel.

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The cocktail list is extensive and goes on for pages with all of the old favourites and some interesting new ones, but it would be a shame not to try one of the nine Pommery Champagne cocktails listed at £14.50 each.  The Chaplin’s Royal Moment is a best-seller, made with sloe gin, apricot brandy and lime juice. Fizzing away in a slender champagne flute, it is burnt orange in colour and garnished with a slither of lime. Refreshing, delicate and not too sweet, it is a great choice for a light pre-dinner cocktail.

For martini lovers, there is a great selection, and the City Martini is TwoRuba’s signature. It tastes like an English garden in the summertime – mint and cucumber lift the swift gin kick, which is rounded nicely with the delicate elderflower.

TwoRuba Taster

What might come as a surprise is the selection and quality of the food, for an aforementioned ‘hotel bar’. Inspired by Borough Market, the tapas menu features market favourites like chorizo, calamari and a twist on chicken and chips, but the standout dishes are the fat and juicy king prawns, which are full of flavour with a garlic and chilli hit, the fish tacos (very well executed) and the mushroom and Parmesan bruschetta, which is drizzled in truffle oil. The wine menu is also good, and the fresh, tropical-tasting Les Girelles Picpoul de Pinet Jean-Luc Columbo comes highly recommended as a good pairing for fried fish dishes and other seafood.

As a hotel bar, TwoRuba goes above and beyond expectations, but with such a fantastic location, opposite London Bridge station, it deserves to be a destination bar of its own accord. Pop in for a couple of pre-dinner champagne cocktails, but be warned: you might sack off dinner all together with this kind of tempting tapas on the menu.

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TwoRuba, Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, SE1 2BY

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Lioneye Media lionesses, Sophia and Rebecca, can tweet with one hand whist sipping an espresso martini with the other. Dedicated food, wine and cocktail connoisseurs, they love nothing better than scoping out London for its best bars and restaurants. Follow their exploits and breakfast pics on Twitter @LioneyeMedia

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