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Meet your host Bea Bradsell

We chat to the Queen of Soho herself and the lady that will be talking you through all things coffee and vodka in this year's Espresso Martini Experiments!

No stranger to the hospitality industry having grown up perched on the end of bars drinking Shirley Temples, Bea is somewhat of a celebrity on the bartending scene. Affectionately known as the Queen of Soho, she's worked in some of London's top bars, including Callooh Callay, El Camion and Swift, but now spends more time the other side of the bar working for us at DrinkUp.London.

Another reason Bea is well known is because of her dad, Dick Bradsell, who invented the Espresso Martini among lots of other great cocktails and is why we're super excited to have Bea host our new for 2019 Espresso Martini experiments and share her story with you.

But first we thought we'd find out a little more about this notorious Bea...

What do you do for work?
I’m the Bars Ambassador for DrinkUp.London, which basically means I get all the bars signed up to our festivals and am always on the lookout for new bars.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself...
I started bartending at 6. I used to make Old Fashioneds and Negronis for my parents friends at their parties.

Where’s your favourite spot for a tipple in London?
Swift. It’s my home away from home and I can almost always be found there on a night out.

What would be your desert island drink and meal of choice?
Hmmm well I’ll definitely a Dim Sum addict I don’t think I’d ever get bored. Drinks are harder I’m always partial to a well-made 50/50 Sazerac but when I’m feeling like something a little lighter there’s a great low-abv drink at Swift called a Ribbon that I drink so often they just start making it when they see me sit down.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
Alright cheeky. Hmm I’ve tried some pretty suspicious infusions in my time (Mexican ox cheek stew infused tequila anyone?) but I think it would have to be either fermented Scandinavian fish or some candied creepy crawlies.

What celeb would you most like to go on a bar crawl with and why?
Bill Murray. I feel like a night drinking with him will just take you down a rabbit hole, or at the very least to shots of Tequila.  Or Stephen Fry, mostly just as an excuse to talk to Stephen Fry.

If you could open a proper London boozer what would you call it?
The Black Cat. My Dad always said he would open me a bar with that name, now it’s down to me.

What’s your go to cocktail to make at parties?
It’s actually an Espresso Martini. They’re surprisingly easy to make at home and people usually have the ingredients hanging around or you can get them at most local shops.

If you were a drink what would you be?
Tequila and Verdita... I’ve had enough of them in my time that I’ve surely become one.