Andy Mil is one of my favourite London bartenders. A young talent who, at just 24, has won masses of cocktail competitions and earned his stripes as Head Bartender at the first London Cocktail Club. So when I heard he was involved with the launch of a new bar, Steam and Rye, opening in The City, I couldn’t wait to hear more.
This new venue opens tonight in a 550 capacity space that used to be the Bank of New York on Leadenhall Street. We can only imagine that it is going to be totally out of the ordinary and wholly decadent being the brainchild of Nick House (of Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Bodo Schloss) and national sweetheart Kelly Brook (a bit random, but we’ll go along with it…).
They are attempting to capture the opulence of 1940s Americana and enlisted the help of award winning set designer, Jonathan Lee, to bring their vision to life.
‘My brief for Steam and Rye was to create a journey of escapism through the eccentric and eclectic world of the C19th American Railroad Titan, Beamish Bettenbaum. The design theme that I developed is based on wealthy eccentricity from a period of great invention, exploration and decadent style. As in designing a film, I set out to have the “audience” immersed in this world and take them on a journey through it.’
Other than a magical environment, taxidermy, killer cocktails, BBQ spare ribs, live music and dancing are guaranteed to make this a must-visit destination on London’s party scene from day one.
In their words… “Steam and Rye is an American Dream on very British soil.”
Steam and Rye
147 Leadenhall Street
London EC3V 4QT