This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Midnight Apothecary.
An enchanting secret garden, a roaring campfire, and a line-up of delicious botanical cocktails — name a better way to spend a summer evening? What if we throw in toasted marshmallows, street food, and a fascinating, historic location too.
Legendary London summer pop-up The Midnight Apothecary is back, pitching up in historic Rotherhithe for its seventh season. The bar is serving up seasonal, botanical cocktails using ingredients grown in the garden itself. As the sun sets over London, the campfire will crackle away, ready for you to toast your complimentary marshmallows.
If you like your cocktails with a side of history, you'll be in the right place. The garden sits on top of the Brunel Tunnel Grand Entrance Hall, and a guided descent is included in your ticket. You can wander around the Brunel Museum after hours too.
And when you get peckish for more than marshmallows? Farm Street Kitchen will be serving up seasonal and locally sourced food, including vegan options.
Despite its success, The Midnight Apothecary still feels like one of London's best kept secrets. While others jostle at overcrowded city centre bars, this oasis of calm is an intimate and unique alternative, ideal for a night out with mates, or a romantic date.
The beautiful set-up is the work of 'cocktail gardener' Lottie Muir. She's written two books on wild cocktails and she planted the garden herself, so she certainly knows her stuff. Where possible, local brews and spirits are used, including Bermondsey's Hiver and Honey Beer and Jensen's gin. The menu changes regularly depending on what's available in the garden at the time.
The Midnight Apothecary, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF. Every Friday and Saturday night. Sittings are either 5pm-7.30pm, or 7.30pm-10pm. Book tickets here. Cocktails are buy-one-get-one-half-price between 5pm and 7pm on Fridays. If you arrive before your time slot or want to linger a little longer afterwards, the Lower Terrace Bar is open to all from 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.