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V&A hosts mixology class

24th January 2012

Visitors to Luxury London hotels this weekend can soak in a master class in mixology as part of the Victoria & Albert Reading Room's Champion Chemicals - Cocktails with Bompas & Parr.

Taking place on January 26th at 19:00 local time, experts Sam Bompas and Harry Parr share with audience members their favourite cocktail recipes at the South Kensington venue, easily within striking distance for those at hotels in Marble Arch

Among the bizarre and unique ingredients used in the expert's flavourful concoctions are explosives, ether, gelatine and aphrodisiacs.

The event is held to celebrate the release of the pair's new, unique cocktail-making guide.

"From the bottom of their Hendrick's Gin-soaked hearts they reveal the inspiration for Cocktails with Bompas & Parr and make drinks using alcohol, the world's most pervasive psychoactive drug," explained the venue.

The V&A Reading Rooms hold regular events that celebrate creative crafts and knowledge sharing, most of which take place in intimate surroundings over a bottle of wine.

"Designers, bloggers, chefs, authors, curators, illustrators and printmakers hold court at informal talks and leading makers with whom the V&A Shop collaborates are all invited to present craft nights," added the group.

The cafe and bar's adjoining book shop touts its quality selection of tombs containing niche information on a variety of topics, for enthusiasts and novices alike, that promise to "fascinate, amuse and even shock".

"Here novellas sit alongside biographies; graphic novels nestle alongside guides to the beautiful and bizarre," remarked the Reading Room.

The event is an ideal accompaniment to a visit to the V&A Museum, which has recently opened its new exhibit on the Queen in honour of her Diamond Jubilee.

Featuring the portraits of photographer Cecil Beaton, the display allows people to explore the monarch's past as a princess, mother and Queen.

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