The sun was shining gloriously, my apple green soft-top Maserati was parked neatly under the shadow of the Shard and I had a generously proportioned gin cocktail in front of my hand for sipping*. We’d popped into the Tanqueray Gin Garden at Bar 31 in the Shangri La (disclosure: we were invited guests of the Shangri La) right next to London Bridge Station, and life was good.
* One of these things isn’t quite accurate – I’ll leave you to guess which. Hint: I haven’t got rid of my taxi app just yet – and make sure you have a chauffeur if you’re going to bring your apple green Maserati with you.
We’d been looking forward to clocking off early and spending a leisurely couple of hours in the ground floor garden, and excited to try their picnic array.
Perusing the flavoursome menu of Tanqueray gin cocktails, I chose the sweet-sounding Tanqueray Royal Blush, whilst my work wife (official title) chose the Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla, which as the name suggests is an orange-infused ode to the Spanish countryside (bringing back memories of Valencia.)
My Royal Blush was a delicious swirl of Tanqueray No. 10, rhubarb, lemonade and fresh raspberries – the perfect sundowner. (And even better as we people-watched the commuters rolling home after long days at their desks.)
Presented in a wicker basket to really resound the picnic vibes, the delicious Tanqueray Gin Garden bites are sourced using fresh seasonal ingredients from Borough Market – plus a handy map with the providence of each morsel.
The picnic basket is a delicious assortment of rustic ingredients, all the better for hanging out over a fair bit of time for – from the delicious hunk of moreish cheese to the half chicken that made both of us immediately reach for our plates.
Does life get any better?
Oh, how about a second cocktail? Yep, that works a lovely treat.
I intentionally didn’t take any photos – partially because it was a-buzz with other people enjoying themselves on the Bar 31 in the Shangri La garden terrace, and partially because you should definitely pop down to enjoy the fairy-light strung garden terrace for yourself. And you don’t actually *need* sunshine to really enjoy it, because let’s be real here, it’s England.
Have you got a favourite picnic basket staple?