As the King’s Cross restaurant prepares for its first summer, hicce X Wolf & Badger have used their prime alfresco space to open a living botanical terrace. Partnered with Ketel One Botanical, a new first-of-its-kind spirit, which is set to revolutionise summer drinking, the outdoor bar overlooks the courtyard at Coal Drops Yard and Heatherwick Studio’s showpiece ‘kissing’ roofs.
Seating 70 guests, hicce’s living botanical terrace is expansive enough to accommodate two rows of tables for both drinkers and diners. At its centre is a wide, specially created bar featuring botanical plants, their foliage spilling down from the top and framing the preparation and serving area. The terrace’s green and cream tables each have vibrant botanical centrepieces to enhance the theme.
The new Ketel One Botanical range, which has been distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for a crisp, refreshing taste, the bar offers a range of six serves, each a variation on a spritz. These drinks harness the flavour notes of each Ketel One Botanical variety: Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint is mixed with Belsazar Dry vermouth, elderflower cordial, sparkling wine and soda; the Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose has been paired with Belsezar Rose vermouth, camomile and lemon grass syrup and sparkling wine. hicce’s signature cocktail features Ketel One Citroen, sake, elderflower tonic syrup and shiso leaf is also available on tap and served by the glass or pitcher. Beer drinkers can order hicce’s house IPA courtesy of Hackney Brewery, while a selection of organic, vegan and sustainable wines are also offered.