Luckily for cocktail enthusiasts all over the capital, small-batch distilling, along with London’s world-class bar scene, means the spirits business is soaring – and arguably bigger than it’s ever been. Capitalising on this is new off-license and tasting room Brahms & Liszt, set up by small-batch specialist Melanie Symonds in a former craft tequila distillery, which sells off-the-wall bottles of spirits and bitters the scale and diversity of which you’ll find hardly anywhere else. And, in a victory for the love of the product over financial nitpicking, trying before you buy is not only tolerated, but actively encouraged. If only all offies worked the same way, we think we’d probably be a lot happier. Although probably also a lot more drunk. Which is fine, too.