Midnight Apothecary

Midnight Apothecary is the only place for campfire cocktails in the city!

  • Midnight Apothecary

    Campfire Cocktails in the city are back!  Join us for our seventh season of cocktails, campfire, culture and cuisine at the Brunel Museum. A perfect mates’ night out or date for two.  We specialise in lovingly prepared seasonal botanical cocktails served around a firepit using ingredients grown in our rooftop garden or foraged close by. We source all our alcohol carefully using local brews and spirits where possible eg Bermondsey’s Hiver Honey Beer and Jensen’s gin.  We built the garden in 2012 as an oasis by the river where we invite you to cuddle up, toast marshmallows and watch the sun set surrounded by your friends, lovers and local wildlife.  The menu changes frequently based on what’s growing in the garden.

    This season we have two sittings: 5.00pm – 7.30pm or 7.30pm – 10pm.  This will provide more space for you and your guests and allow us to bathe you in even more glorious customer service. Entry includes entry to the roof garden and the Museum, optional guided descent into Brunel’s cavernous underground Grand Entrance Hall beneath the garden, and complimentary toasted marshmallows. Those people waiting to enter the roof garden for cocktails or those people who have enjoyed the earlier sitting are welcome to remain at the venue on the lower terrace where we shall serve bottles of wine or beer.

    We are so excited to welcome two amazing streetfood vendors for our 2018 season. Farm Street Kitchen come from Sissinghurst in Kent and will be serving up delicious seasonal and locally sourced hot morsels including vegan options. GreenZen, a poke and matcha bar will also be joining us for a few evenings serving up gyoza, steamed buns and poke bowls – also using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients with vegan options.

    Here’s to a great season. See you round the campfire!

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  • Down the Shaft with Tricity Vogue

    As nights get chilly and the stars come out, we are bringing to Rotherhithe the best cabaret and singalong fun, possibly ever. Cosy up with us as, yes, we bring you the unique FIVE Cs:  Cocktails, Cabaret, Campfires, Candlelight and Camararderie!

    Invite any cabaret artist to perform down a shaft and they’re going to run riot with the double entendre. London cabaret doyenne Tricity Vogue returns once more to play those “shaft” gags to the hilt, and so will her special guest each evening, as they perform surrounded by authentic vintage Victorian filth and smut on the walls – possibly the only grade II* listed smut in London.

    There’ll be three deliciously saucy bite-size chunks of cabaret during the night, each one different, and each one including a raucous singalong to warm your cockles. Because everybody needs their cockles warming down a shaft. The campfire in our roof garden will be roaring as usual to continue to warm your cockles and toast your complimentary marshmallows. The deluxe hot rum toddy stand will insure your blood is pumping and your singing voice warmed up.  Then descend the brand new grand staircase of Brunel’s underground  Grand Entrance Hall, described as one of the most exciting new performance spaces and cultural attractions in London today for a very special SINGALONGA knees up with some amazing cabaret talent. And of course we will be serving our beautiful seasonal botanical cocktails and Hiver honey beer in our underground cocktail bar.

    Deliciously sizzling and seasonal street food will be available to keep your cockles even warmer. Guests are invited to bring their cocktails up into the garden, their hot rum toddies into the underground chamber, their street food into both – we really are very relaxed. Ms Vogue and her special guest will perform at regular intervals giving you time to sample our delights above and below ground.

    These promise to be magical nights filled with mirth, merriment and marshmallows.  The perfect date night or meet-up with friends. We do hope you will join us. Oh and please dress warmly – we can warm your cockles with a hot toddy or two but it gets blimmen’ chilly!

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  • Tricity Vogue and Friends!

    Tricity Vogue has been delighting audiences in London and across the UK with her cheeky ukulele-strumming cabaret antics for over a decade, sometimes in man drag, sometimes in vintage siren guise, and sometimes in an improbable blue rinse wig. She’s also the bandleader of Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band, and a regular headliner on the international Ukulele Festival circuit.

    ‘Miss Vogue and her ukulele – it’s cabaret to run down side-streets for. Just get there early’ Time Out London Critic’s Choice

    A special guest will perform alongside Ms Vogue each evening and will be one of the following:

    Award-winning Sarah-Louise Young who has appeared in the West End with Showstopper!, Fascinating Aida, Julie Madly Deeply and La Soiree. Her character comedy Comedy Whore shows have toured internationally and she has performed three times at the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival and won numerous awards including The Stage Award for Best Cabaret Act at The London Cabaret Award. 

    ‘Incomparable cabaret character’ 

    The Stage ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    ‘Hilariously moving’

    The List ★ ★ ★ ★

    Pint-sized  powerhouse Abigail Collins who after expelling herself from The Royal Ballet School has become well known on the cabaret circuit for her multi-tasking mix of comedy, circus skills and an uncanny ability to push the envelope way past its stickling point. Whether dancing Swan Lake on traffic cones, hooping up a storm in a variety of guises or getting up close and personal as ex-Vegas showgirl ‘Peggy Sued’. Abigail’s work is skilful, sexy and very, very silly. The physique of an athlete and the mouth of Joan Rivers!

    ‘Absolutely brilliant’ Alan Davies

    ‘Hilarious….beat perfect comic delivery’, The Erotic Review

    The Bluestocking Society will be offering us Thanksgiving Down the Shaft entertainment with a cheeky twist for one night only on Saturday 24 November.  The Bluestocking Society are a collective of delightfully off-the-wall women cabaret performers who enjoy revisiting history with a large dollop of wit and mischief. Join them to find out what really happened in the first romance to blossom among the Mayflower pilgrims after their arrival in the New World. Featuring ukulele-wielding storyteller and songstress Tricity Vogue, award-winning performer Ginger Blush, and celebrated cabaret clown Audacity Chutzpah.

     

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  • Upcoming events

    Date/Time Event
    24/11/2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Down the shaft Thanksgiving Special with Tricity Vogue & The Bluestocking Society
    Brunel Museum, London
    06/12/2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Christmas Party Down the shaft with Tricity Vogue
    Brunel Museum, London
    07/12/2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Christmas Party Down the shaft with Tricity Vogue
    Brunel Museum, London
    08/12/2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Christmas Party Down the shaft with Tricity Vogue
    Brunel Museum, London
    13/12/2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Christmas Party Down the shaft with Tricity Vogue
    Brunel Museum, London
    14/12/2018
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Christmas Party Down the shaft with Tricity Vogue
    Brunel Museum, London
  • Campfire Cocktails in the City!

    Queen of artfully-designed, plant-powered cocktails……some of the most inspired cocktails in London“.  Kara Rosen, Founder, Plenish Cleanse.

    “Welcome to the hottest pop-up cocktail bar in town.”  Pattie BarronEvening Standard

    “Midnight Apothecary….already a London institution.”  Victoria Summerley, Editor, Independent on Sunday

    “Being in a garden at midnight with campfire and bar has never been so magical.” Richard Reynolds, guerilla gardener, author and founder of guerillagardening.org

  • The creator!

    The creator of the garden is our favourite Cocktail Gardener, aka Lottie Muir. By day she is the gardener who transformed the garden above Brunel’s famous Thames Tunnel from scrubby wasteland into a magical potager garden teeming with vegetables and flowers. But on special Friday & Saturday nights she sheds her gardening gloves and dons her apron to become The Cocktail Gardener, wending her way from flowerbed to bar to rustle up gorgeous cocktails infused and garnished with ingredients from the garden or foraged locally for Midnight Apothecary. 

    The Book: Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary by LOTTIE MUIR is published by CICO and is available from all good bookshops at £16.99 and at Amazon. Signed copies will be available at Midnight Apothecary.