Gin incentive at the Intercontinental Park Lane London

8 Jul 2011 by BusinessTraveller

As previously reported on, IHG’s new Meetings Programme looks to add a little zest to meetings, including, at the chain’s Intercontinental Park Lane property, the chance to try your hand at making the perfect gin cocktail.

The newly revamped Arch Bar – named after the Wellington Arch in the middle of Hyde Park Corner opposite the hotel - uses four main brands of gin for its cocktails, though it stocks some 25 different brands, from the well known to the never-heard-of.

The new package is for canapés and gins paired together for groups of 10 or fewer and charged at £18pp. Gin cocktail master classes are available for a minimum of six persons and a maximum of 25 persons, charged at £25 per person. They involve the creation of two cocktails, which you can then drink, followed by a chance to sample ones made by professionals while the knowledgeable staff give you a run though of gin’s connections with London.

Interesting facts include:

  • The drink probably originated in Holland in the 17th century as a medicine flavoured with juniper berries.
  • The phrase “Dutch Courage” came about because it was the name British soldiers gave to a juniper-flavoured spirit they were given before battle.
  • During the reign of William and Mary it became a popular drink in England, and by 1730 London had over 7,000 dram shops and the UK was well on its way to having a drink problem.

Cocktails available at the bar include:

  • TUPPENCE DUTY: Fifty Pounds gin, Champagne and fresh lemon
  • OLD TIME TIPPLE: Berkley Square gin, cranberry and freshly muddled cherry tomato and basil
  • POOR MAN’S PUNCH: a version of Pimm’s cup with Hendricks gin, lemonade and fresh fruit
  • PRUDENCE: Sipsmith gin, fresh basil and citrus vermouth

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Tom Otley

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