Next to London’s Huguenot quarter opposite Spitalfields stands an unassuming townhouse. Inside, however, it is a whisky afficionado’s paradise. At the top of the four-storied building is a member’s club and cigar terrace; the ground floor has a panoply of 1,000 whiskies to try or buy; in the basement, meanwhile, is a bar, The Proofing Room. Most compelling is level two’s tasting room where, over a grandiose boardroom table, visitors can try anything from a £500 glass of 1964 Glenfarclas, to a coveted own label single cask edition, a powerful nine-year-old Ardmore.
This is Milroy’s Spitalfields a new outpost from Milroy’s Soho, the capital’s oldest whisky specialist. Obsessive about the dram, yes, but it’s also one of multiple openings reflecting a new style of drinking den hitting London. These spaces, often high-end craft distilleries, blending and tasting rooms reclaiming centuries-old traditions, are flourishing across the capital.