Discover the forgotten history of Heddon Street as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, returning to the capital for its 10th year.
As part of the city-wide festivities taking place from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th June, the London Festival of Architecture will be shining a spotlight on Regent Street for the first time; showcasing the rich architectural heritage of our much loved Heddon Street.
Throughout London, events, experiences and exhibitions will interpret this year’s theme of ‘Memory’.
On Heddon Street, we invite you to take a step back in time with us and explore the street’s own memories. Today it is known as one of London’s best drinking and dining destinations, but through the centuries, Heddon Street has also played host to significant cultural happenings and unforgettable events. Join us as we revisit these moments in time that have truly put Heddon Street on the map.
What’s more, as part of the celebrations, selected bars and restaurants of Heddon Street will also be offering a range of limited edition cocktails inspired by the street’s history, so you can mix between sipping and strolling for a true afternoon of discovery.
The expert barmen at Piccolino have carefully crafted a cocktail inspired by the song - Lady Stardust (£9) – taken from Bowie’s landmark album Ziggy Stardust, of which the cover was shot in 1972 on Heddon Street. A delicate blend of gin, lychee liqueur and lavender syrup, with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, the ingredients of Lady Stardust are all inspired by Bowie’s life; including lychee, a symbol of peace in reference to Bowie’s Buddhist philosophy of life, and lavender, in homage to his live album Lavender Blue from 1983.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Heddon Street Kitchen has created three bespoke cocktails for the festival; The Cave of the Golden Calf, Spencer Gore, and Madame Strindberg. The barmen are going back to basics, with classic cocktails using popular spirits from the era. Expect everything from Applejack (America’s oldest spirit) to Absinthe and Benedictine.
Grab a refreshing mint julep-style, Matcha Maker, which blends sumptuous vanilla with fragrant matcha at tibits, or head to Sakagura has also used Bowie for inspiration with its Suntory Stardust 1973; a rich, heady cocktail made with whisky.
Feeling peckish? Aubaine will be offering complimentary sharing boards to all those who order a bottle of wine at the restaurant, whilst exploring Hidden Heddon.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating and discovering the hidden mysteries of Heddon Street.
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More information on the wider festival can also be found at londonfestivalofarchitecture.org