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Chin Chin: National Martini Day on June 19th

Well, who knew? SEEN is all for festivals related to James Bond’s favourite tipple. Indeed you could be forgiven for thinking that London is awash with gin at the moment, but then the capital has a fine history and tradition related to gin that goes back centuries. Thankfully, these days we have no need to drink gin because the water quality is so awful (though doubtless some would disagree) and there are several excellent establishments around town where you can quench your thirst on June 19th and remind yourselves that you are drinking history.

Rather like JB in ‘Casino Royale’ SEEN doesn’t give a damn whether you have your martinis shaken OR stirred, just go and drink one from the American Bar at the Savoy. Harry Craddock, head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar during the 1920s and 30s, is responsible for making the martini what it is today. Having been included in the ‘World’s Best 50 Bars’, this luxurious spot will be perfect for martini-lovers looking for a sophisticated and classic tipple.

Situated in London’s trend-setting and flourishing area of Hackney Central, bar and live music venue OSLO has just launched a brand new summer cocktail menu, featuring the mouth-watering Icelandic Martini: Miller’s Gin, pink grapefruit liqueur and homemade chamomile syrup. SEEN can attest to the deliciousness of this heavenly drink, having sampled it a couple of weeks ago.

We hear that The Jam Tree is the perfect spot to cool down after a sunny June day with a drink or two, with venues in both Clapham and Chelsea. The Watermelon Martini is a great mix of Eristoff vodka with fresh watermelon – great for drink lovers looking to pretend to be on a Thai beach instead of in the stuffy city. A couple of these and you probably won’t care either way.

Taking inspiration from the 70s and 80s, Coin Laundry is Clerkenwell’s most fun, laid-back bar for anything from breakfast to late-night drinks. Its 70s Porn Star Martini flavoured with mango and served with Babycham will take Londoners right back to the good old times. See? You’re drinking history…