Smoky Cocktails at The Royal Exchange


This week we visited one of London’s most iconic buildings situated in the heart of the city, The Royal Exchange. The beautiful building has a lot of history behind it; it originally opened in 1571 by Queen Elizabeth I, as a commercial marketplace. The building was completely destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 and had to be rebuilt.

The building now holds a beautiful indoor courtyard which includes spots such as the Grand Café, the Threadneedle Bar, Gallery and Sauterelle restaurant. Bustling with city workers, and hosting a lively atmosphere, we went to the Threadneedle bar, which overlooks the Grand Café.

The renowned mixologists at the Threadneedle bar have taken the history of the Great Fire of London and given their cocktails an interesting twist; creating smoky cocktails.


The smoky cocktails are created through intrinsically smoky ingredients such as whisky and mescal. These are infused with wood smoke for a robust flavour. The bartenders then serve up the concoctions in a luminous jar creating a uniquely immersive experience. 

We tried a mixture of the smoky cocktails; which included Smoky Mandarin, The White Lord and The Art of Rum- all very tasty, unique and very strong. A favourite was The Lumberjack, Woodford Reserve infused with bacon, maple syrup, orange and Angostura bitters. The bacon infusing had an unusual but appetising taste.

We asked the bartender to mix us up something a little fruitier with a smoky flavour- the bartender came back with an amazing concoction: Lychee liquor, Silent Pool Gin, Aperol and Campari. This was delicious.


The evening was a lot of fun. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an immersive experience to try Smoky Cocktail's out. The experience is on at The Threadneedle Bar inside The Royal Exchange