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on Thursday, 12 September 2013
Imagine a Victorian gentleman's club, crossed with Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, wth a little bit of the Orient Express, and that pretty much sums up Hoxley & Porter, a new bar-cum-restaurant opening in Islington this month.

If you love The Betsy Smith on Kilburn High Road then you're in luck because the man behind this new venture is also Costa Tofan.

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From the moment you enter the establishment, the extreme attention to detail on everything from the menus to the music will truly transport you to another time. Forget gimmicky themed bar, thanks to the detailing, this feels a cut above the rest.

The venue is split into several different areas. As you walk from one end of the bar to the other you will trek through jungles, admire the pyramids and golden scarabs of Egypt (which can also been found in the toilets - I wasn't lying when I said attention to detail!), enjoy a train ride through the continent, and explore the cape.

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This changing dynamic is also mirrored in the bar's drinks menu. Although other spirits are available, gin and rum are the main attractions, gin representing the old world, while rum represents the new.

Of the three cocktails I tried, one gin, one sloe gin, and one rum, the earl grey infused gin with lime juice, sugar and topped up with fizz was my personal favourite.

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For me, Hoxley & Porter, even after spending just one evening there, has become my new favourite watering hole. Great cocktails (at a very good price of around £8.50), great period music and no expense spared when it comes to the detail; what's not to love?

www.hoxleyandporter.co.uk

Words by Melonie Clarke
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