By Becca Billis
Celebrated by its customers for a warm and welcoming atmosphere Map Maison has already received glowing reviews from East London locals. Adorned with plush velvet seating and dark wood paneling, the cosy yet eccentric space matches the eclectic collection of international whiskey, rum and gin offered by the expert bartenders. With an ever-evolving cocktail menu, the founders pride themselves on experimental concoctions such as ‘Kanji in the Evening’, the mystical, smoking drink is formed of the Japanese Whiskey ‘Hakushu Distiller’s Deserve’, blood orange, yellow chartreuse, pink pepper & pomegranate syrup. Or for those more daring, the nautical ‘Black Sea’ is a voyage for the senses, a creation combining Vodka, Blackberries and Cranberry Juice with squid ink seaweed and salmon roe. These unusual and intriguing flavours set this company aside from other cocktail bars in the area, outshining your standard ‘Woo Woo’ or ‘Sex on the Beach’. Map Maison doesn’t limit itself to drinks, offering small plates such as cheese platters and charcuterie from lunch time through late evening, or amplify your visit with the luxury tapas-style afternoon tea accompanied by Canton’s tea blends and Prosecco.
321 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DL