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Oh to be at Camino Bankside Now that Summer is Here

With temperatures set to soar as though it was 1976 (SEEN remembers sweltering through that), your best bet is to get anywhere by the river Thames, where the views are gobsmacking, and the food is fabulous. Like last year, London is awash with marvellous gins – and let’s remind ourselves, if you drink gin you are partaking in a resonant and historical pastime that is inextricably linked to London’s rich, vibrant and – dare we say it – dark past.


One of the best places to visit in pursuit of European and British gins is Camino Bankside. For this summer, with its Mediterranean ambience, Camino is hosting an Ibiza-themed Spanish Serves bar pop up in association with Fever Tree. Get thee to their splendid terrace and watch the world go by until September. Honestly, with temperatures set to soar, you’ll be glad you did.

So, who wants to actually go to Ibiza when you can experience a flavour of it here? The Spanish Serves pop up bar has an ‘Ibiza Whites’ theme; lemon, blue and white colours, rosemary, thyme and olive trees, complete with creepers, lanterns and will be festooned with lights.


If you don’t fancy gin there will also be vermouth, and sherry-based Spanish Serves brought to you in large goblets with fragrant garnishes and lovely spritzers of Fever Tree and Spain’s current fave, Vermut Golfa (made from overripe Tempranillo grapes). SEEN can think of no better way to spend the long summer evenings.

There will be Amontillado; dry, nutty with a kick and served with Fever Tree ginger ale and lime. Vermut Golfo; served spritz style with Fever Tree tonic and an orange slice. Manzanilla; Rebujito, the Andalusian classic served with Fever Tree lemonade and mint.

If you want to learn how to make these excellent cocktails then Fever Tree will be hosting two masterclasses on 12th July and 9th August from 6.30 – 8pm. Camino’s head chef Nacho del Campo will be tutoring the keen cooks amongst you with his Paella Masterclass, on the terrace, on 23rd August, also from 6.30 – 8pm.

The Spanish Serves bar will only be open in the evenings but will take table bookings. Salud!

Camino Bankside
5 Canvey Street