23-25 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BH
Tucked away under Moroccan restaurant Momo in a secluded alcove off London’s Regent Street is the last thing you’d expect to find – the new digs of globally acclaimed bartender Erik Lorincz. Kwant is his first London venture since a stellar tenure as head bartender at the American Bar at the Savoy – a move that couldn’t have been more eagerly anticipated, nor such a departure. From the cream lounge of old to bamboo ceilings, herringbone-patterned carpet and palms frame a space which takes you to another clime, another era. Tropical yes, North African too – Kwānt puts you bar-side with Humphrey Bogart in the 1940s classic Casablanca, just with better drinks and a bit more colour. The menu, though, is present day and Lorincz uncensored. He is fermenting pineapples, growing micro-herbs under hydroponics and dabbling in the exotic (ever tried spirulina in a cocktail?). Yet for all the wizardry the cocktails make for elegant sippers in the bar’s fine glassware, served by your white-jacketed host, who glides across the carpet of his new five-star tropical bar.