Gossip – The Temple Hotel

The Temple Hotel Beijing

The Temple Hotel near Jingshan Park may finally be worthy of its title! After years of delays, the beautiful Songzhu Temple is finally morphing into an 8-bedroom boutique hotel and restaurant due to open by the end of the year.

Light installations by James Turrell, a restaurant by former Maison Boulud man Ignace Lecleir, and a viewing gallery of antique Tibetan rugs are all on the cards. We can’t wait.

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We Love… Secret Earl Grey Cocktail at Apothecary

Secret Earl Grey Cocktail at Apothecary

Where would we be in this town without a brilliant mid end of week cocktail to look forward to? Beijing’s traffic can be especially infuriating, so we suggest you hop on your Penny Farthing after work and head straight to Apothecary for the most refined of all alcoholic beverages: The Secret Earl Grey Cocktail at Apothecary a.k.a the Secret Earl Grey MarTEAni.

A daring mixture of Earl Grey tea-infused gin, sugar, fresh lemon and grapefruit lavender bitters, shaken with a deliciously frothy egg white and garnished with finely grated lemon zest, it’s luxuriously silky and light. Forget High Tea and cucumber sandwiches, we’ll take one of these instead.

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