The Director’s Cut at GŌNG Bar, Shangri-La Hotel

It seems as though I’ve spent most of April and May up the Shard, but I popped in again recently to try out the new cocktail menu up at the GŌNG Bar in the Shangri-La Hotel.

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The Director’s Cut is inspired by some of the most iconic film directors, and features 16 cocktails across different genres.

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‘Fear The Jungle’, inspired by Steven Spielberg, combines BarSol Quebranta Pisco, banana, pineapple skin sherbet, lime and chocolate in an ivy-covered highball. It’s not one for you if you’re squeamish – it comes topped with a scorpion (which the bartenders will make you eat).

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‘Dirty Business’ combines Woodford Reserve bourbon, Mr Black cold-pressed coffee liqueur, Fernet Amaro and a douse of stout.

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Perhaps my favourite of the evening, the Fleming Sweep – Tanqueray, Cocchi Americano, elderflower, champagne and sour hop sourced from local micro- brewery Anspach & Hobday in Bermondsey.

The cocktails aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for – they are some of the nicest I’ve had in a long time, and you really can’t beat that view.

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I was invited to try the cocktails for purposes of review, I am far too busy to write about stuff I don't like.
  • CrookedFlight

    I think I’d go for the Fleming Sweep over that crazy scorpion cocktail, ack!!

    • The cocktail was delicious – the scorpion was definitely an acquired taste!

  • Emily

    I’ve still never been up the shard which seems criminal given those amazing views! I love the idea of heading to the cocktail bar with friends. Not sure I could handle a Fear the Jungle though!

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    • It’s really delicious! I’d definitely recommend going up with a cocktail, or for the yoga class rather than just the view of the shard alone! xx

  • Eek, the scorpion cocktail sounds scary!!

    • It was delicious though – maybe just close your eyes when you drink it 😉 x

  • Hapinesswherever

    Still not been to the Shang ri La! Thanks for reviewing 🙂 I like the Mondrian down the road- the live music is amazing! 🙂

  • Hapinesswherever

    PS forgot to say thanks for popping by my blog 😉 always love meeting other london bloggers 😉