What was your proudest moment?
Perrone: This has been a year filled with proud moments. We were awarded World’s Best Cocktail Bar and Best International Hotel Bar by Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. I’ve also recently been awarded European Mixologist of the Year and The Connaught was awarded European Bar of the Year at the Mixology Bar Awards 2017 in Berlin. What I feel most proud of is when we have guests from around the world returning to see us.
Why do you think the London cocktail scene is so strong currently?
Perrone: London truly has everything to offer when it comes to the cocktail scene, and cocktail bars are taking time to master their vision to ensure they stand out and offer the best experience. It is not just about drinking a cocktail anymore; it’s about an experience. So all the touchpoints of service standards, product, space, and entertainment have to be ticked.
Where do you think drinks are headed in London in terms of trends, tastes, and designs?
Perrone: I truly believe that the quality of the ingredients is incredibly important, and finding innovative ways to heighten the guest experience is equally important. For example, at The Connaught, we use dry ice for all our drinks. This stops the cocktails from diluting, allowing the taste of the drink and the overall experience to last longer.