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Location – South Bank, London

Swanky London cocktail bar Dandelyan, situated in the Mondrian hotel, is the hot spot for trendy Londoners or visitors to the capital looking to indulge in a little luxury.

Don’t be fooled by the bar’s refined interior décor, it is an accessible and fun place for all – honestly, it’s an environment void of intimidation, though we wouldn’t recommend rocking up in jogging bottoms and flip flops.

Multi-award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths developed/head the brand, which was created to challenge the traditional cocktail bar set-up.

The menu aims to make the usual exciting and fun, backed up by the ’70s and early ’80s music that plays in the background, including rock, funk and disco, as well as DJs at the weekends.

It’s important to note there’s an over-18s age policy in place at all times in the cocktail bar, and proof of age may be requested. Good news, you’re welcome to take away a cocktail menu, but only if you ask – so no need to secretly shove one in a bag or under your shirt.

Audiences have been captivated by Dandelyan’s Modern Botany concept, which uses a root-to-branch ethos to explore how flora has shaped modern-day society, the second ‘chapter’ of which is out now and entitled The Modern Life of Plants.

Drinks range from a very reasonable £12.50 to £13.50 in price, meaning a cocktail at Dandelyan is not necessarily going to break the bank.

Several of the drinks on the specialist botany menu can be made without alcohol, allowing non-drinkers to fully indulge in the atmosphere and fun of the bar.

Goose & Gander (£13) is made using Grey Goose vodka, Noilly Prat, companion cordial, pear and soda and also comes as a non-alcoholic option. The light, all-day aperitif is refreshing and quite easy to drink.

The menu design sits somewhere between a periodic table and a botanist’s handbook, which is pleasing on the eye and easy to read.

The menu also advises, rather responsibly, at which time of the day each drink is best suited, stating whether a particular drink is rich or light and what style of glass it will be served in, meaning ‘macho men’ needn’t worry about drinking from a ‘girly’ glass. But hopefully that’s the attitude of the few.

All of the cocktails have been carefully and cleverly developed to incorporate the theme of the bar, such as the Laverstoke Park Spritz, made using Porter’s Gin, the description for which delves into the biodynamic practices of Laverstoke Park Farm.


Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel
20 Upper Ground
South Bank


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