If, like me, you’re thinking longingly of the days spent drinking with friends in some of London’s finest establishments – then worry no longer, here are some of best ways to enjoy your afternoon tipple from the comfort of your own home.
There’s never been a better time to get into whisky – and Milroy’s has you covered. This Soho gem is shipping its finely curated whisky collections to your door. A simple online order brings you the best from around the world – Scotch from the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay and Campbelltown; Bourbon and rye from the United States; and a host of other malts from Japan, Sweden, Australia, South Africa and more.
For the real connoisseur, try their Drams to your Door service, with a flight of 5 35ml drams delivered according to your tastes. These folks even offer at-home tastings. They send you the whisky, a cute little glass – and then invite you to join a 90-minute conference call for the tasting!
If whisky’s not your thing, then you might enjoy The Proofing Room – the new basement cocktail bar from the team behind Soho’s acclaimed The Vault now offers an imaginative menu of cocktails for same-day delivery (orders before 5pm) within two miles of their Spitalfields site, or within 48 hours across the UK. It’s a niche East London offering, but the menu is vast – Nikka Highball, Vodka & Cream Soda, Figuette, Tequila & Habanero Fizz – it goes on. Delivery is free.
Moore House is a joy for any cocktail lover. Their beautifully bottled and packaged cocktails gave me a disturbing sense of nostalgia – a throwback to simpler times, when drinking outside of your own home wasn’t taboo. Recommendations on how to recreate that feeling – picking the right glass, when to serve with and without ice, garnish recommendations – restored faith. Their personalised cocktails may make a fun gift too.
Those in search of the best vintages should try our very own wine expert Johnny Ray’s fabulous list of wine delivery services.