This Bookish Corner Of The Ned Is Martini Heaven
"Well this doesn't taste very good, does it?"
Our fourth martini comes as a flat disappointment. It's the first of the evening that hasn't been served up at The Library Bar. We really shouldn't have bothered going anywhere else.
Stashed away in a hushed, bookish corner of swank-former-bank The Ned, The Library Bar is proving drink-driving isn't all bad, thanks to its martini trolley. Each drink from this souped-up bar-on-wheels is studiously measured and mixed with the dedication of a Buckingham Palace butler attending to the Queen's nightcap. Poured out into chilled cut-glass, by a white-tuxedoed chap, you feel like royalty before you've taken the first sip.
And what sips they are. Our first, the House Martini is a meaty gin classic, flecked with orange bitters. Our second, the Apricot Vesper is a subtly floral take on the Bond staple. Our third... actually, we can't remember what our third was. Some fine work of art, conceptualised by the sage trolley attendant, a menu spilling over with gins, vodkas and vermouths, and a squiffy yours truly.
It's not easy calling it a night at The Library Bar, but when you do, call it a night on the martinis. Wherever you order your next one from, it'll only lead to disenchantment and regret.
The Library Bar, The Ned, Bank. Open Monday-Friday
Last Updated 17 August 2018