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Celebrate the V&A India Festival in Style

Fabric of India Cocktails at The Kensington Hotel London

The V&A India Festival this autumn, featuring a series of incredible multimedia exhibitions, marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection.

To celebrate The Kensington Hotel will launch a menu of six exotic cocktails, evoking the mystery, wonder and vibrancy of India. Only a five-minute stroll from the V&A, it’s the ideal location to rest weary feet after visiting the exhibitions.

The menu, served in the bar alongside the hotel’s feted Town House restaurant, offers visitors to the V&A the chance to extend their Indian experience, with drinks combining premium spirits and notes of coriander seed, cumin, and ginger balanced against mango, coconut and tonic.

All five cocktails are clever spins on classic recipes, using fresh ingredients skillfully blended and artfully presented by Alessandro and his team. For those looking for an alcohol-free taste of India, the Adharak Sour is a deliciously balanced blend of sweet and tart flavours, with passion fruit, lime juice, coriander seed, strawberry syrup and ginger beer.

The V&A India Festival stands to attract visitors drawn to both the individual pieces and the museum’s international reputation for incredible curation, following in the footsteps of the record-breaking success of the Alexander McQueen ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibit. A series of exhibitions will run as part of the festival, including ‘The Fabric of India’, from 15th October 2015 until 10th January 2016, which will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

Another highlight will be ‘Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection’, running from 21st November – 28th March, which explores both the tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery, and includes Mughal jades and a rare jeweled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan.

Find out more on The Kensington website.

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