Dry January. OK, who invented that one? Back to work blues, dire winter weather, sweating each time you head to the cash point – never has there been a month we needed to hit the booze more, frankly. OK, so some of you are more disciplined than us and yes OK, it’s for charidee.
If you’ve got a date with a resolute ‘dry dater,’ you best impress them with the tastiest Mocktails in town:
Pop ya bubble-cherry and get fruity at one of the authentic Royal China restaurants with an exotic Bubble Pearl Mocktail (£5.80) of fresh fruit. With a rainbow of refreshing flavours available, such as passion fruit (yes please) lychee and strawberry, you’ll be downing some of your 5-a-day too!
The RCG consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese eateries, including critically-acclaimed and luxurious Royal China Club.
Not all of the best cocktails have to contain alcohol, apparently. Indulge guilt-free with a heavenly Virgin Vera at The Arch London, one of London’s finest contemporary boutique hotels.
The Virgin Vera (£7) is a delicious blend of fresh Lime and Raspberries, Aloe Vera Water and Guava Juice served over crushed ice. The mineral-rich juice is a must-have for healthy daters with claims that it lowers cholesterol, aids weight loss, combats bloating, aids indigestion and strengthens the immune system. Amen.
Piña Colada lovers will enjoy this non-alcoholic alternative Virgin Colada. First timers will love the enticing mix of fresh pineapple, pineapple juice and coconut ice-cream (£5) for a guilt-free taste of heaven. Revel in the satisfaction of an irresistibly creamy Piña Colada without the hangover whilst soaking up the romantic views of Hyde Park from Nipa Thai.
The award-winning Nipa Thai, at the iconic mid-century Lancaster London, has received the prestigious “Thai Select” award from the Thai Government and is renowned as one of London’s best Thai restaurants.
Take your date west to sample Studio Bar’s magical mocktail; a taste bud tingling calamity of strawberries, cranberry juice and mellow strawberry puree. Gnome’s Juice (£7) is a delightful way to avoid the evil hangover ‘Goblin’ the next day!
Formerly the BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, K West has seen an endless list of Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty who have played, stayed and misbehaved. Impress your date with names such as Bob Marley, Bowie, Roxy Music and The Kinks to name a few. On the ground floor, The Studio Bar has a moody, music-infused vibe, perfect for getting to know your date a little better.
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