What could be better than a cocktail... or two overlooking the London skyline?
The Rumpus Room at the fabulous Mondrian Hotel is a glitzy, sparkling box of glamour and intrigue with a breathtaking view of central London and the Thames. As you enter, met by a cool doorman in fedora and all, its as if you've entered a 1920s speak easy. The music booms, but it doesn't cloud conversation. The central lights twinkle, candles scattered across the floor and cocktail tables flicker, both matching the glittery London skyline that the great floor to ceiling windows frame.
So, the setting is perfect, but what about the cocktails?!
The menu features a choice of Rumpus "House" Classics and Classic Cocktails. So we called in the first round: a Rumpus Mojito - Bacardi 8 YO, Bacardi superior, mint, pomegranate, lime and soda, a Rumpus Rumble - Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur, lemon, white grape and lemongrass wine, and a Banana Daiquiri, WAIT NO. Not the Banana Daiquiri! We were instantly warned far far away from the tropical Daiquiri by our waitress "it tastes like my grandma's cough medicine". Not promising then...
The Rumpus Mojito was definitely not a mojito, nor was it flavoured with pomegranate let alone two powerful, aged rums. Instead it was slightly fizzy, light and citrus and rather than the strong taste of Bacardi, there was the bitter taste of disappointment.
The Rumpus Rumble was, I'm sorry to say, equally disappointing. A limp, fizzy and fleeting flavour of not very much.
Determined not to waste our booking with an undeniably great view and setting we got in another round. This time selecting some champagne based cocktails: A Red Rum Royale of Diplomatico Exclusive, sloe gin, red currents, vanilla, lemon and Prosecco, and a Classic Champagne composed of Martell, angostura, sugar and PJ Champagne. Admittedly these were a marked improvement, definitely packing a punch and presented beautifully in 1920s champagne coupes.
The Rumpus Room is a cool spot, but the cocktails are an expensive treat that quickly fizzled out. If you want to enjoy the view - go by all means, but I'd order a simple, untampered glass of champagne to match the view rather than a £14 glass of grandma's cough syrup. And for goodness sake don't sit near the balcony entrance! The draught is deadly!
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