Hattie Lloyd 14/05/24

Seed Library's Teaming Up With Cavita

Seed Library: sounds like a room at the Natural History Museum that nobody ever bothers going into, but is in fact a gorgeously seductive cocktail bar from mixology wizard Ryan Chetiyawardana, a.k.a. Mr. Lyan.

He’s the multi award-winning maestro behind White Lyan, Super Lyan, and Dandelyan (the former #1 Best Bar in the World, before he closed it and reopened it as Lyaness). Presumably now running low on words containing ‘lion’, he’s opened Seed Library as an homage to the stories held within “alternative flavour sources”. And if you haven’t been yet, you’re about to get an additional reason to visit when Cavita pops up with a kitchen residency there for the next three months.

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You’ll find Seed Library stationed inside the 100 Shoreditch hotel, which has taken over the old Ace Hotel building. Set down in the basement, it’s the definition of moody, with dim lighting; red velvet armchairs set around lacquered, lamplit tables; and a bar made of breezeblocks. It’s retro, kind of brutalist, and more than a little louche.

Mr. Lyan’s known for his high-tech approach to mixology with custom-made ingredients, pioneering sustainability techniques and even running a bar without any branded stock. His latest menu here at Seed Library – stripped down to a tight list of eight original serves – brings together obscure ingredients to create cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. Try a Megamix Sazerac, with Talisker 10 scotch, ‘creme de beach’, beeswax vinegar and absinthe mallow; or a Master Stock Plus, mingling bourbon, orange aperitif, cacao and mushroom. There’s also a short list of beers and low-intervention wines, to go with Seed Library’s self-proclaimed “lo-fi, analogue” approach.

cavita at seed library

Hunger is the worst enemy of a good night’s drinking, so Seed Library’s started teaming up with some of London’s hottest eateries for limited edition kitchen residencies. And as of 29th May, they’ll be collaborating with lauded chef Adriana Cavita to offer a taste of her lauded Mexican restaurant. The short-but-sweet menu reads as a list of the restaurant’s best-sellers, from the pan de elote (Mexican cornbread) to tacos al pastor and marinaded chicken thigh skewers. And in return, Mr. Lyan’s created a special collaboration cocktail combining tequila with strawberry cream, lime, pear eau de vie and coffee leaf.

Which is a nice perk.


NOTE: Seed Library is open Wed-Sun evenings. Cavita will be in residence from 29th May – 1st September. You can find out more and book a table right HERE.

Seed Library | 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ

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Seed Library

100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ

0207 613 9803

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