"Life is a lot like jazz… it's best when you improvise," George
Gershwin mused. His point still stands: jazz and life are often
best when messy, chaotic and practically unhinged. And both
are more delightful with a bucket-sized gin cocktail in hand.
For the past three years, the Arch Bar at the InterContinental
London Park Lane has reverberated twice monthly with jazz music.
Some of the freshest, not to mention, most inventively named jazz
musicians (The Dixie Ticklers, Shirt Tail Stompers, The Swing
Ninjas) take over the entire bar for two hours of seat swaying and
foot stomping. There's a back-bar designed just for the evening,
shimmering with 1920s-style bottles and brews. And they haven't
skimped on the cocktail menu; the hotel has 40 different types of
gin on its shelves, and a specially designed gin cocktail menu.
Your tongue will be tickled with idiosyncratic cocktails:
strawberry and cracked pepper, juniper and fresh lemon - all paired
with a long slurp of gin. Or try the more conventional Mayfair Hop,
Martini Bianco, or Champagne and fresh mint.
The table service is reassuringly attentive, so you never have to
leave your plump beige seat, except to give a standing
ovation. And to ring in three well-tuned years, on October
3rd Gin & Jazz is celebrating with the sounds of eight-piece
band Benoit Viellefon alongside a three-course dinner of
smouldering beef cheek on celeriac purée and cox apple followed by
marinated salmon loin, and plenty of wine. It's
By Bridget Arsenault
For further information and bookings, please visit www.ginandjazz.com and www.parklane.intercontinental.com.
InterContinental London Park Lane offered all Vanity Fair
A-List members the chance to win a pair of tickets to Gin &
Jazz's third birthday event on October 3rd, 2014 including a
three-course dinner and half bottle of wine per person along with a
night's stay for two at the InterContinental London Park Lane with
breakfast the next morning (value £500). Don't miss out on
future offers, sign up to the A-List.