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East Meets West at Gong Shangri-La

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Good morning guys,

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend.

Last week I attended the event at GÕNG, the bar at the Shangri-La hotel in the Shard where I was invited to a cocktail master class lead by the award-winning mixologist Shingo Gokan. I really love attending these events as they are always a great opportunity to meet other bloggers and PR professionals and just talk about the blogging world in general.

Shangri-La is a luxury 5-star hotel located between the 34th and 52nd floor of the iconic Shard. Alongside plush rooms which I will need to try to stay in at some point, it also has an amazing infinity pool with the most beautiful views of London. GÕNG bar is an Asian themed bar also offers breath-taking views of London, especially Tower Bridge and the City, but you can see further than that as the London Skyline beautifully stretches in front of your eyes.

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Shingo Gokan did an amazing job making cocktails for us. He is well known all over the world for being a great mixologist and a somewhat an ice expert as apparently he only uses ice that has specifically produced on-site for him which he then carves in his own way as the ice has a big impact on how the cocktail tastes.

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We started the evening with “East of the Sun” – Thailand based on the Bombay Saphire East, cucumber, pineapple, lemongrass and Thai Basil needless to say that it was very refreshing and delicious.

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The next was “Porco Rosso” which Shingo got inspiration for when he was in Italy and it’s based on Bacardi Superior, tomato, raspberry, lemon and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Followed by “Morenita” originating from Mexico containing Mysterious Coyote Mexcal, coconut, cold brew coffee, vanilla salt, brown sugar and chocolate on the side. I think this was one of those cocktails that you can only manage one before you start feeling rather marry.

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Next we had “Northland” originating from Hokkaido and it based on Gray Goode vodka, Melon, Gyokuro tea, condensed milk, cardamom and Shiso which I thought it was one of my favourites as I’m a sucker for anything with Melon.

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Last but not least “Smoke gets in your eyes” – New York based on Bourbon, Barolo chinato, Oloroso sherry, Benedictine, bitters and smoke which I thought it was nice and unusual however slightly strong for my liking.

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All in all the experience was great and GÕNG bar is really a perfect location for a date or Friday evening cocktails with your favourite girlfriends but don’t forget to dress up. The bar operates no booking policy so try to get there earlier to be able to get in.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a good week everyone.

Tania xxx

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15 Comments

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    Mónica Sors
    October 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Wow! Amazing views!!
    xx

    Mónica Sors

    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

    DOUBLE DENIM IN PARIS

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      the london thing
      October 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Aw thanks. It’s really beautiful up there x

      PS. I have added you blog to my blogroll

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    Olivia
    October 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    This hotel looks BEAUTIFUL! looks like an amazing time!
    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

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      the london thing
      October 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Olivia the hotel is absolutely stunning x

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    Diana Cloudlet
    October 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    It’s such a lovely and beautiful post! I’d like to say that I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I like your style of writing and the posts that you shares with us! Great job!

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com

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      the london thing
      October 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Diana, this makes me really happy 🙂 I also love and read your blog and have added you to my blogroll and Id love to stay in touch xxx

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      the london thing
      October 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Aw it makes me so happy to hear this you have no idea. Also your blog is great I have added it to my blogroll xx

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    Irene
    October 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I love the pics! Soo beautiful:)

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      the london thing
      October 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Irene, so happy that you like te post x

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      the london thing
      October 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Irene x

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    The Girl
    October 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    gorgeous pics! looks like fun! wish for one of those yummy cocktails now!

    https://everydayfacts.wordpress.com

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    JLu
    October 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    So gorgeous! Great pictures!

    http://www.julialundin.com

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    GEMMA
    October 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Oh wow! I would love to go there and have a cocktail. Looks amazing. Gemma xx
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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    Cherrie Spieler
    November 10, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Keep up the wonderful works guys I’ve you guys to

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      the london thing
      November 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you Cherrie!

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