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The House of Suntory, the Founding House of Japanese Whisky, celebrates its 100th anniversary of whisky innovation: a major milestone not only for Suntory’s history but for Japanese spirits culture. The centennial of the House of Suntory began with the establishment of its Yamazaki Distillery in 1923 – the first and oldest malt whisky distillery in Japan’s history. Since its founding, the House of Suntory has been crafting world-class spirits and is known for Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki. We have partnered with Suntory Whisky to develop four whisky cocktails that highlight the achievements of these expressions.

8 at The Londoner

A Place Above

Ever since it opened in September 2021, 8 at The Londoner has been the place to enjoy the imitable craftmanship of Japanese whisky. A rooftop bar in central London, it’s just a stone’s throw away from Soho and Covent Garden with views of the skyline and an open-air Japanese garden. Join us on the 8th floor for cocktails, sake, whisky and Japanese small plates.

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The Cocktails

The 100 years of Suntory Whisky fall into four era-defining periods, for the distillery and Japanese whisky at large. To celebrate this milestone, the mixologists of 8 at The Londoner have crafted a collection of whisky cocktails inspired by the cultural shifts that defined those eras, and the tasting notes of four of Suntory’s most iconic whiskies. The result promises drinks with a story, defined by culture, history and flavour.

The Awakening (1923-1949)


In the early 20s, there was a discord between Western culture and Japanese traditions – the same was true for Western whisky and Japanese palates. Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory, understood this and created a whisky that embodied the Japanese spirit and culture: Yamazaki. The cocktail created by 8 at The Londoner mirrors Yamazaki’s tasting notes and was inspired by the Mizuwari, a whisky and water highball enjoyed in Japan’s izakayas.


Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, homemade sandalwood soda, mango & white pepper syrup

The Boom (1950-1969)


By the 50s and 60s, American culture was having a moment in Japan, influencing many parts of its society. This created a cultural revolution as well as a revolution of Japanese bar culture, pioneered by Suntory. To capture this fusion of cultures, our Toki whisky cocktail uses peanut butter and anka bean paste to recreate a Japanese version of a classic American peanut butter jelly sandwich.


Toki infused and clarified with peanut butter, anko bean paste, Gran Volante

The Bubble (1970-1989)


Made in Japan became a global mark of quality through the cultural mindset of Monozukuri, or craftmanship. This Monozukuri was an obsession within all industries, including whisky distilling. This twist on a Gimlet style of drink celebrates the multi-layered excellence of Japanese and Suntory’s craft, reimagining the tasting notes of the Hakushu whisky using Japanese spirits and produce.


Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve, Azure sake, Wakamurasaki Shochu, mint, sage & vanilla cordial, green tea tapioca pearls

The Influence (1990-present)


Today, Japan has a global influence with a profound impact on cultures worldwide. From anime and fashion to art and cuisine, Japanese culture is adored and consumed in every corner of the world. Our Japanese interpretation of an Old Fashioned symbolises this cultural exchange with black sugar from Okinawa alongside notes of cherry blossom and apricot. In homage to Japanese craftmanship, it is served over a hand-cut ice sphere.


Hibiki Harmony, homemade kokuto syrup, apricot & sakura essence

The Suntory whisky cocktails are available at 8 at The Londoner between 1st June to 1st July 2023.

A spacious dining area with tables and comfy chairs in Whitcomb's Restaurant at The Londoner

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Have You Visited The Whisky Room?

If you’re ever a guest at The Londoner Hotel on Leicester Square, you may know there’s a secret whisky bar hidden within its depths. Visit The Residence for a dram of the rare, the renowned and the yet to be discovered.