A favourite haunt of Oscar Wilde, Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, David Bowie, David Chipperfield and Albert Adrià, Hotel Café Royal was the beating heart of the London social scene for years. In 1937, Head Barman WJ Tarling’s wrote the Café Royal Cocktail Book. In it was the Dot, attributed to an unknown ‘G Matthews.’

The Dot as it appears in the Café Royal Cocktail Book

The Hotel Café Royal can be found at 10 Air St, London W1B 4DY. Call +44 20 7406 3333.


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By G Matthews Serves: 1
Prep Time: None


  • 30ml dry gin
  • 15ml fino sherry
  • 15ml
  • 15ml apricot brandy
  • 1.5ml triple sec



Stir the ingredients with ice and strain into a Martini glass.

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