It is not often that you can say that enjoying cocktails inside an ultra luxe setting is part of work.  Tuesday afternoon had me heading to Central London to discover all about the international cocktail exchange. Right now eighteen of the world’s top bars and restaurants from the UK and South East Asia have paired up and swapped signature cocktails, as part of the world-first D1 International Cocktail Exchange. Devised by luxury British spirits company, D1 London Spirits, partner bars will serve a signature craft cocktail created by their ‘twinned’ venue, that features D1 Potato Vodka or D1 London Gin as a base spirit, plus hyperlocal ingredients. Samarkand London the first Uzbec luxury restaurant on Charlotte Street, swapped their Akkum Desert cocktail created by Mixologist Fabio Immovilli with Japanese cocktail bar Butler. The ultra exclusive bar based in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui, in turn entrusted Samarkand London with Metropolitan.

d1 london cocktail exchange

Samarkand London Charlotte Street

Exchange is made up of nine UK cocktail bars – including exclusive members’ club Tape London, award-winning ‘Best Gin Bar 2016’ Merchant House and Mayfair’s Lanes of London – which have been handpicked by mixologist matchmaker D1 London Spirits and paired with nine of the crème de la crème cocktail bars in Southeast Asia, such as the Artesian at The Langham (Hong Kong) and Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou).

“The project will also give mixologists from across the world the chance to take inspiration from each other, using luxury spirits like D1 London Gin & Vodka as the base – ultimately helping pioneer and push the boundaries of craft cocktail-making. Bibo, a bar in Hong Kong, is in fact giving Bourne & Co in Birmingham their top-secret recipe for their citrus peel syrup, showing just how far bars are going to share knowledge and passion.”

D1 London Spirits founder, Dominic Limbrey,



Samarkand London Charlotte Street

D1 London Akkum Desert by Fabio Immovilli

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Samarkand London Charlotte Street

Visit any of the partner bars from now until around January to experience the D1 International Cocktail Exchange. D1 London Gin and D1 Potato Vodka are also available to buy at Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason. Don’t miss out!


D1 International Cocktail Exchange

Craft London (London) paired with Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou)

Lanes of London by Marriott Park Lane (London) paired with Miaoqian Bingshi (Guangzhou)

Merchant House of Bow Lane (London) paired with Blue · Butcher & Meat Specialist (Hong Kong)

Mint Leaf Lounge, City (London) paired with Shangri-La Hotel (Guangzhou)

Samarkand (London) paired with Butler (Kowloon)

Tape London (London) paired with CÉ LA VI (Hong Kong)

The Bar at The Athenaeum (London) paired with On Dining Kitchen & Lounge (Hong Kong)

Bourne & Co (Birmingham) paired with Bibo (Hong Kong)

Rosso Restaurant & Bar (Manchester) paired with Artesian at The Langham (Hong Kong)

Potato Head (Hong Kong) paired with Maybe Frank (Sydney)

*All photographs were taken by me