The finalized itinerary for my upcoming gin journey to London & Plymouth arrived this week, and I am especially excited about one addition that wasn’t previously mentioned: cocktail hour at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel (!).

Any serious cocktail dork (or anyone who shops at Anthropologie for booze literature, or this dude) probably owns a copy of The Savoy Cocktail Book, originally published in 1930 featuring recipes by reigning barman Harry Craddock. He invented a ton of drinks, among them the White Lady, and I fully intend to order one when I’m there in a matter of weeks.

The trip is hosted by Pernod Ricard and, as you can imagine, we’re well taken care of. I’m very much looking forward to staying at The Dukes, but…I have to admit I’m jealous of whomever was on the trip previous: Due to an erroneous little clause in my itinerary, I learned of last year’s accommodations — which were at The Savoy. Which is so incredibly British and stately and dreamy. I mean, c’mon — this is a foyer!

Savoy Hotel, Upper Thames foyer (courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

Isn’t it amazing?! For this trip, the American Bar will more than suffice as a little taste. (I totally watched this video, btw.)