Whisky Mist

35 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7SD, England

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Looking back at Whisky Mist

Housed in the former Zeta bar at the London Hilton Park Lane, Whisky Mist was created by Nick House, Piers Adam, Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe and Marc Burton. It had two bars, a dance area and a private room. It was open to the public and also offered membership.

Whisky Mist encapsulated the spirit of Scotland but to truly understand the Whisky Mist concept one must first understand the origins of the name.

Queen Victoria's connection with Deeside, Scotland began in 1848 when she spent a holiday at the Balmoral Estate. By 1854 she and her husband, Prince Albert, had bought the estate and replaced the old castle with a grander building, which today is known as Balmoral Castle.

On numerous occasions, whilst she enjoyed a dram of whisky in her drawing room, Queen Victoria witnessed a large majestic stag standing in the glen surrounding Balmoral. Since the heather-covered glen was often covered by a dense fog she christened this noble beast "Whisky Mist".

Queen Victoria came to rely heavily on Crathie-born servant John Brown to help her stalk "Whisky Mist" and in 1857, after several summers of tracking the stag, they finally culled "Whisky Mist" in a single humane moment. They feasted on the venison at one of the finest banquets Scotland has ever seen.

"Whisky Mist" was then sent to the Royal taxidermist to be preserved for all of history. Allegedly it is "Whisky Mist" which now stands on display in the exclusive Whisky Mist in Park Lane, London today.

However, the story does not end here… Queen Victoria loved horse racing and when she acquired a new stallion in 1862 she named him "Whisky Mist" in honour of the majestic stag. "Whisky Mist" went on to become one of the greatest horses to ever run in Scotland, winning countless races over his career.

Before retiring in 1868, "Whisky Mist" roared to a final triumphant win in front of the largest crowd in Scottish horse racing history – over 100,000 people at the Lairds Horse Racing Track. Some of his winning trophies are behind the bar in Mayfair today and customers are able to purchase special blend drinks and toast the legend of "Whisky Mist."

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A-List Celebs Party at Drama Park Lane

Sunday was a good day for Andy Murray. He became Wimbledon Champion for the second time and went partying at Drama Park Lane in the company of One Direction star Harry Styles and Atlanta rapper Young Thug. Drama nightclub, otherwise known as "trendy venue Drama" to the Daily Mail. Located in the basement of the Hilton Hotel on the corner of Green Park, in Mayfair, Drama has taken over from the space previously occupied by controversial house of hedonism Whisky Mist, known for attracting one of London's most A-list crowds.

JLS Party at Whisky Mist London

JLS were in the mood to party last night. Aston Merrygold and JB Gill arrived at Whisky Mist nightclub in London, where they were joined by a host of other celebrities letting their hair down after the T4 awards.

"Stars" 'turned away' from exclusive Mayfair night spot Whisky Mist

A group of X Factor nobodies were left out in the cold last night as they were turned away from an exclusive London nightspot after this weekend's live shows. Budding "stars" Jake Quickenden, Paul Akister, Jack Walton, and members of the Stereo Kicks group were among those snapped being denied entry to celebrity hangout Whisky Mist.

Nightclub Drama: ‘chaotic utopia of hedonism’ opens in Mayfair

The impresarios behind some of London’s leading celebrity hotspots have joined forces to open a nightclub that promises to be a “chaotic utopia of hedonism”. Drama is the brainchild of entrepreneur Nick House of Mahiki and Whisky Mist, and Ryan Bish and Tom Berg of Cirque Le Soir. It features a gold room, a wall made from Japanese cat (Maneki-Neko) figurines and banana-scented wallpaper from New York. Champagne is served in neon supermarket trolleys.

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