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Gone in 60 Seconds

November 15, 2019

The route to the Soho Hotel could easily be misconstrued as a wrong turn, but at the end of the unassuming Richmond Mews, just off Dean Street - with its reputation for well heeled and creative thinking Londoners - is a luxurious abode and the opportunity to refuel at the 5-star hotel’s bar and restaurant.

The Art Deco inspired theming of the bar plays homage to the glamour and exhilaration of Britain’s early automotive heritage and the most recent addition to the sumptuous menu is the Broken Clock cocktail, Gone in 60 Seconds. Parsley infused Broken Clock Lingering Vodka, Manzana Verde and Noilly Prat are stirred and strained into a chilled Nick and Nora glass with an elegant fan of apple slices.

It was created by barman @filipjanotka who says the title refers to the fact this martini style cocktail is so insatiably sippable that it won’t last long in the glass. The name is in homage to the blockbuster movies which centre around an audacious car heist.

Our interest in crime stories and loveable criminals is enduring and despite its fashionable image Soho is still synonymous with vice and gangsters like the Krays Twins.

Indeed, further back in the Georgian era central London was so rife with pickpockets, burglars, bootleggers and murderers that in 1749 magistrates were compelled to form London’s first ever professional police force.

Prior to this any member of the public could call themselves a professional crime fighter and could apprehend a wanted villain and turn them in for a handsome reward.

Many criminals at the time enjoyed celebrity status and would draw enormous crowds for their punishments.

One such infamous crook was a likeable rogue called Jack Sheppard who was a prolific burglar in London and infamously managed to escape from jail four times making him incredibly popular amongst the poorer classes.

Jack was finally taken to the gallows in 1724 aged 22 and was followed by excited crowds of 200,000 people all the way to his execution. He even stopped off along the way for a drink in a pub where he signed copies of his new autobiography.