Legendary Cocktails In The Sky | GŎNG Hosts Star Bartender Jorg Meyer Of Hamburg’s Le Lion

If ever you needed another reason to visit GŎNG, this is it. Creator Jörg of Le Lion Bar de Paris in Hamburg is in London from 11 to 14 May, guest bartending at GŎNG for four days only. Known to many simply as Le Lion, it is one of only five bars in the history of the World’s 50 Best Bars poll to have achieved a listing in seven consecutive years.

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The stunning pool next to GŎNG

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Love On Sale

Jörg has bought over five of his original cocktails to the top of the fabulous five-star Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, alongside Christian Maspes, head bartender and the bar team at GŎNG. I can’t tell you how much we wished we were staying the night in the hotel after trying a few of these…

The menu

Gin Basil Smash
Celery gin, basil, lemon.

Santa Marta
Rum, lime, sugar, eau de vie de kirsch (gained a rare 5 star+ rating by Diffords Guides)

Cameron’s Kick
Whisky, orgeat, lemon.

Love On Sale
Rye spirit, vermouth, elderflower, maraschino, lemon.

No Too Dry Martini Cocktail
Dry gin, dry vermouth, riesling, quince bitters.

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Brilliantly basily

We loved the legendary aromatic Gin Basil Smash (above) so much, we thought we’d share the recipe. Although it will no doubt taste better in the sky, made by Jörg’s expert hands.

Rutte celery gin
Generous handful of basil
25ml fresh lemon juice
15ml cane sugar

1) Muddle a handful of basil leaves and sprigs
3) Pour the Rutte celery gin, fresh lemon juice and cane sugar into a shaker.
4) Shake and double strain into a tumbler, on the rocks.
5) Garnish with basil leaves.


31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 1am (food served until midnight).
Sunday from 12 noon to midnight.

GŌNG does not take bar reservations and welcomes both hotel guests and non-hotel guests.
Smart dress code.

The usual £30 minimum spend per visitor (with tables for 1.5 hours) is waived 11-14 May 2016.

Nearest station: London Bridge (2 mins walk)