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Saturday, 4 May 2013

The Midnight Apothecary, Rotherhithe

 Open each Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon from May until the end of September, park yourself on a deckchair at urban gardener Lottie Muir’s compact oasis on the Brunel Museum’s roof at olde riverside Rotherhithe. Summer cocktails (from £6) made with selected ingredients from the garden’s pop-up bar might typically include whiskey mint julep, gin and lavender fizz, Calvados and maple syrup Collins, fennel-infused rhubarb vodkatini, honey and basil daiquiri and cups and breezers prettified with edible blossom and scented petals. On Sundays, Hertfordshire-based itinerant chefs/ hunter gatherers, The Foragers, supply seasonal ‘wild street food.’  Pop-up opera, classical music and more at the Brunel are part of the fun and in the garden itself, anticipate sporadic magical happenings and special activities for nippers so their yummy mummies can slump in a deck-chair and get lightly sozzled on gin and lavender fizz as they wearily reminisce about how, only three years ago, they would have been out until sunrise on a Saturday night, all teeth-grindy-gurny-faced and blitzed off-their-tits faces, living it large at a warehouse rave on a disused Croydon industrial estate. The sacrifices a parent makes, eh little Jack and Poppy?
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF