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‘The Kingston Parakeet’ London Fashion Week cocktail at The Parrot

Franklin & Sons, maker of award winning tonics, have teamed up with Idris Elba’s newly opened The Parrot bar to offer fashion conscious consumers a limited edition, style-inspired cocktail to refresh and revitalise after a day of catwalks, talks and trend spotting – free of charge to all LFW-goers.

Franklin & Sons, maker of award winning tonics, have teamed up with Idris Elba’s newly opened The Parrot bar to offer fashion conscious consumers a limited edition, style-inspired cocktail to refresh and revitalise after a day of catwalks, talks and trend spotting – free of charge to all LFW-goers.

This London Fashion Week I’d highly recommend swinging by The Parrot cocktail bar at the Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych, Idris Elba’s newly opened bar in Covent Garden.

They have launched a delicious new Instagram-able cocktail ‘The Kingston Parakeet’, which is available for £14 during London Fashion Week, or complimentary to anyone who has a London Fashion Week pass (from Friday 15 February – Tuesday 19 February).

The ‘Kingston Parakeet’ is served in the most incredible (and delicate!) blow fish glass, with a glass straw.  To raise awareness of plastic pollution £1 for every Kingston Parakeet sold during London Fashion Week will be donated to global non-profit organisation, Plastic Oceans.

Named after the area of Kingston in South West London where parakeets have inhabited the parks and green spaces since the mid 1800s, the drink contained within is a deep coral, (Pantone colour of the year) and was created by expert mixologist, Daniele Panzanaro,

The Kingston Parakeet

The combination is sweet and fruity without being sickly, with notes of fresh orange and fig. This balancing act is achieved in part to to the Rhubarb and Hibiscus Tonic Water, a blend inspired by chefs who poach fresh-cut rhubarb in hibiscus flowers to bring out sweetness and tart notes.

The drink contains the incredibly clean-tasting Absolut Elyx premium vodka, which is mixed with Aperol Italian Bitter and creamy fig liqueur. Franklin & Sons Rhubarb with Hibiscus Tonic Water is then added, and the drink is finished with lemon juice and a dash of homemade chamomile syrup.

The Parrot Bar itself is certainly worth a visit if you haven’t done so already – a partnership between Idris Elba and identical twin brothers Lee and Nicky Caulfield (the brothers are actors and also own Cheers Luxury Alcoholic Ice Cream). The Parrot draws on the exotic inspiration of the tropically-designed Palm Court at the Waldorf Hotel next door. The menu is gives a nod to the unique characteristics of parrots from across the world.

The Parrot bar

We enjoyed live music during our visit, and were impressed with the incredibly friendly and helpful waiters, who ensured the evening ran smoothly. It is also the first London bar to offer its clientele a ride to and from the venue in a chauffeur-driven Aston Martin. Just the kind of special touch you’d expect from one of London’s great historic hotels, with a shot of celebrity added to the mix.

Parrot Bar are playing their part to raise awareness of plastic pollution by donating £1 for every Kingston Parakeet sold during London Fashion Week, to the global non-profit organisation, Plastic Oceans. To make a donation, visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/plasticoceans

For more about The Parrot, check them out on Instagram:

@TheParrotLDN

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