It’s not every Sunday that I tear myself way from the comfort of the sofa, I’m not ashamed to say it, I’m lazy. Though when a cocktail collab between one of the city’s finest bartenders and the tastiest Sri Lankan spots comes calling, it’s goodbye sweatpants and hello Lyaness. Back with its Sunday Lyan series, the critically acclaimed bar is bringing us collaborations with some of the UK’s best bars, restaurants and brands, and we headed down to see Hoppers x Lyaness kick things off.
Situated within the luxe Sea Containers hotel, the waterside drinking den touts a huge space complete with a statement gold bar, Art Deco design and cosy seating. Greeted by a couple of sparkling welcome cocktails, we settled into our plush blue seats. Positioned right by the huge windows, we were split between views of the river Thames – perfect for people watching – and the bar; buzzing with bartenders and imbibers alike.
Showcasing Sri Lankan and South Asian flavours (think Ceylon arrack and sambol honey), the drinks list is far from the usual. Served short and garnished with a rose petal, my Jaggery Falooda (£10) was a delicate mix of vodka, cardamon, clarified coconut, Fever-Tree raspberry and rose soda, and black jaggery – a sugar commonly found in Indian and Southeast Asia. Equally as easy on the eyes, but not at all what I expected, the Goraka 75 (£10) was a striking black number. Teaming toasted tiger nut sherry and sour goraka with Fever-Tree lime and yuzu soda and splash of bubbles, it was bold, tasty and well worth the rainy journey from sofa to Southbank.
The DesignMyNight Digest
Carefully translating the flavour-packed dishes of Hoppers into liquid form, this collab is one that looks as good as it tastes. The perfect place for an end-of-the-week treat, Lyaness continues to knock it out of the park with unique serves and iconic interiors. If you're after something a little different, then you'll want to check out Sunday Lyan.
💰 The damage: £10 per cocktail, plus service charge.
📍 The location: Sea Containers.
👌 Perfect for: world-class cocktails by the Thames.
⭐ Need to know: upcoming dates for Lyaness x Fever-Tree Sunday Lyan are 15th August (Askival), 26th September (Bench) and 24th October 2021 (The Gate).
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