Mr Lyan, aka cocktail maestro Ryan Chetiyawardana who closed the world’s number one cocktail bar, is onto his next venture and it’s seeing him return to East London (he opened his first bar White Lyan in the neighbourhood back in 2013). Seed Library is taking the basement space in the new hotel One Hundred Shoreditch and decking it out in warm orange and red upholstery and wood panelling. The bar is going to have a lo-fi, analogue approach to drinks, taking inspo from classic cocktails and alternative flavours and ingredients.

That translates into drinks like the Curry Leaf Stonefence (using curry leaf to bring out the greener side of white rum), the Perilla Gin & Tonic (using perilla seed to add green and nutty notes to the bitter sweet cocktail) and the Sancho Leaf Martini (adding the floral spice of szechuan leaf to contrast with the cold gin or vodka). As well the regularly changing cocktail list, Seed Library will also be pouring some low-intervention wines and craft beers, alongside seasonal snacks and a rotating selection of guest dishes. Seed Library is one of six restaurants and bars in the new hotel but with Mr Lyan at the helm, this one’s going to be very popular indeed.

Opens March 2022
100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ