What better place to escape the monotonous ticking of city life than to pop to Seven Dials and unwind with a Broken Clock Vodka tipple in hand?

This curiously rotary-shaped London district was laid out in the 17th century as a series of seven triangles as a canny way to maximise the number of houses, as at the time rentals were charged based on the length of a building's frontage rather than the size of the interior.

One needn't have worried about keeping track of time either, as where the seven streets converge was erected a pillar topped with six ornate sundials, with the seventh chronometer cleverly being the pole itself, acting as a giant sun dial.

And here at Brasserie Max, at the 5-star Covent Garden Hotel, one can turn back the clock and perch at the art deco bar whilst lingering amongst the luxuriant Kit Kemp stylings, with an Exquisite Garden a herbaceous Broken Clock Vodka highball created by Mery Grieco, especially for London Cocktail Week.

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  • 50 ml Broken Clock Vodka
  • 20 ml Rosemary infused Dry Vermouth
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 25 ml Basil Syrup
  • 2 drops Celery Bitters
  • Top with Mediterranean Tonic
  • Olive and rosemary sprig


For the Cocktail

Start by adding the Broken Clock, vermouth, lemon juice, basil syrup and celery bitters to a well-iced Boston Tin. Shake vigorously before straining into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with tonic and perch the garnish on top.