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Rosewood London x Monkey 47 Winter Lodge

The only problem with Christmas in SEEN’s opinion is that it passes too quickly, as does the gin. Fortunately there still places in London where you can escape the cold…

Rosewood London has partnered with artisanal German gin brand Monkey 47 to transform the hotel’s iconic courtyard into an enchanting winter forest inspired by the verdant trees and mystical charm of the famous Black Forest. Nestled within, visitors will find the Monkey 47 Winter Lodge, serving warming winter fare and providing respite from crowds.

Tucked away in the heart of central London, The Monkey 47 Winter Lodge takes inspiration from British Commander Montgomery “Monty” Collins, and his Schwarzwald dry gin brand, ‘Max the Monkey’ Gin, which he named after a monkey that he sponsored in the Berlin Zoo. Having moved to the Black Forest after World War II, Monty opened a country guesthouse and, in an effort to retain his British roots, started to produce his own gin. The forest boasted an abundance of juniper, bramble leaves, lingonberries and many other botanicals that led to the creation of his unique Black Forest gin recipe. Many years later, the discovery of this gin in turn led to the current owner, Alexander Stein, to create a similar product using 47 different botanicals, over a third of which comes from the Black Forest itself. In turn, Monkey 47 was born!

The food looks very comforting indeed, not to say luxurious; Monkshill Farm Scotch Egg and Jersey Rock Oysters are on the menu, which also includes the intriguing Lobster Thermidor Tart.

Inside the lodge, Monkey 47 will provide drinks that are sure to evoke the feeling of winter spirit. The menu will comprise a selection of hot and cold gin cocktails inspired by German desserts and, in some cases, paired with British ones. Monty’s Strudel cocktail, available either hot or cold, will be paired with homemade apple pie. SEEN sees, with delight, that there is even a Black Forest Gateau amid the Hot Gin serves! Chin chin, as Monty would have said.

Opening Hours:
January through February:
Wednesday – Saturday: 4pm – 10.30pm
Sundays 4pm – 10.15pm

www.rosewoodhotels.com

Rosewood London Winter lodge
252 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7EN

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