The Four Sisters Townhouse

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Newly launched, The Four Sisters Townhouse, little sister to Islington’s Four Sisters Bar, is one to watch with a creative, rotating cocktail menu and Dickensian charm.

What to Expect

Step inside and you’re taken back in time. Gone are the noisy post-work drinkers milling outside the pubs near St Paul’s, instead settle into a sumptuous Victorian-style bar comprising cabinets of curiosities, high cocktail tables, booths and (most importantly) shelves of intriguing spirits standing to attention behind the green marble bar. This place has style.


Charcuterie Board

What to Eat

If you’re visiting The Four Sisters Townhouse the cocktails are the main affair, without a doubt they are the beating heart of the venue. But all that drinking is hungry work, and if you’re settling in for the evening you must try one of the magnificent sharing platters. There are three to choose from, we went for the Mixed Platter which boasted a goat’s cheese and a creamy blue, a small selection of cold and cured meats, a cute (and moor-ish) prawn cocktail served in a Kilner jar, a more than generous portion of smoked salmon drizzled in lemon juice, pâté and pickles. There’s also the Artisan English Cheese Board if you want to cosy up with some wine – which you can get by the glass, the 500ml carafe or the bottle – or feast on the Charcuterie Platter.


Slow-roasted Suffolk Pork Belly

Don’t think sharing means you’ll lose out on food, the portions are more than adequate. But if you want your own plate, during the day you can choose one of the artisan sandwiches like Seaweed-cured Salt Beef, with dill pickles and mustard served on sourdough; or a main such as the 28-day-aged Rump Steak with thick, hand-cut chips; Spelt Grain Risotto with salt-roasted beets and crispy goat’s cheese rissole; Four Sisters Marinated Chicken Caesar Salad topped with a poached Bantam egg; or the Slow-roasted Suffolk Pork Belly, with Bramley apple and wild mushroom risotto.


The cocktails are decorated with delicately presented dried and fresh fruit

What to Drink

The cocktail menu is in two halves and changes every week. New Wave, Classic and Forgotten cocktails are a selection of drinks that bar manager Andrei Marian deems fit for some time in the lime light. And with a roster of around 300 cocktails, this is going to be one boozy trip. We tried the Manhattan with a recipe credited to Sunday Morning Herald, New York, 1882. You know your bartender knows a thing of two when he asks you “how you’d like it done”. Tempted to ask for it ‘well-done’, we asked his advice and opted for ‘perfect’… and it was. 


The cocktail menu changes regularly to fit in with the season

Or choose from the Market to Glass list where each week Andrei gives his bartenders three ingredients and tasks them with creating a cocktail from scratch. As a margarita-lover, I went off-piste and tried the Speedy Gonzales with Olmeca Altos blanco tequila, coriander, lime, grapefruit, jalopeño (yes jalopeño) and soda. It was exceptional. As was The Back Garden, with Jim Bean rye whiskey, tomato, lemon, basil, capiscum and honey, decorated with a carefully placed cherry tomato. And I’m not even a whiskey drinker.

Best for…

The Four Sisters Townhouse prides itself on being inventive, if you’re bored of the same-old cocktails this is your spot. Not only does the menu always change, you know that whatever the choice it will be sourced from high quality seasonal ingredients, and be prepared with flair and a lot of love.


A well-stocked library sits alongside plush seating and decadent fittings

Don’t Miss

Make sure you chat to the bartenders. Emanuel, new to the cocktail world, enthused about the homemade syrups behind the bar (and secret recipes were kept hush hush). Then there was his Pisco Punch – ok so this wasn’t a legitimate cocktail, still finding his feet he added pisco instead of picon in what was called the Piscon Punch. Seconds later he rushed to our table to admit he had made a mistake, not before asking how we found the drink… it was incredible. Jumping for joy, Emanuel named it the Lucky Mistake.

This is what makes a bar a local. Now, mixing up your spirits is no laughing matter in the industry, but in this instance he stumbled on quite the creation, and we were lucky enough to treated to a bespoke, happy accident.


Blink and you’ll miss it. The Four Sisters Townhouse is situated on a cobbled passageway down the warren of streets under the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. This is escapism at its best.

The Four Sisters Townhouse | 5 Groveland Court, Bow Lane, London EC4M 9EH

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