Suck it at The Flavour Gallery

Written by: Tavia Davies

Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Woman looking upwards with headphones on bathed in pink light at Smith and Sinclair at The Flavour Gallery

What the hell, I hear you ask, is an Edible Cocktail? Well suck me, you’re in for a treat. Think of a Gin & Tonic (classic cocktail territory)… now think of that as a violet infused gin pastille, coated with a tart lemon sherbet infused sugar. Sounds mental, we know, but it really works. They’re also 7% ABV per pastille. Please eat responsibly – or nab an equally as delicious non-alcoholic sucker.

And what on earth has this got to do with something called The Flavour Gallery? Well, take a trip down to The Hoxton Basement and you’ll find yourself sinking your teeth into Edible Cocktails whilst touching up awe-inspiring artworks created by the likes of London Loom, Anja Predojevic, Terry Pastor (the bloke who made that awesome portrait of the late and great David Bowie, you know the one) and more. Expect vaguely breast-shaped tactile objects adorned to a wall begging for a fondle and actually being allowed to feel them up. It’s all very immersive, darling.

Hand feeling thermal handprints at Smith and Sinclair Flavour Gallery

Our favourite was a pink box we nicknamed ‘The Womb’. We were given headphones and a blindfold before a very nice lady stuck a boiled sweet in our mouths and encouraged us to massage the walls around us all whilst being instructed by the ghostly voice inside our head[phones]. The entire exhibition has been curated in a way to challenge the idea of what a traditional gallery should be, encouraging guests to play and engage in a multitude of ways. You’ll even find yourself scratching ‘n’ sniffing a couple artworks. You don’t get to do that at the V&A! Just try not to scratch the wrong ones, yeah?

After experiencing a whirlwind of touchy-feely artworks, illuminating light pieces, thermal reactions and nose-twitching scents, you can treat yourself to a cocktail/mocktail (a liquid one this time) at the bar, where Smith & Sinclair have partnered up with liqueur experts Lanique and soft drink specialists Firefly to showcase a range of new and innovative bespoke drinks.

On til December 17th 2017 at The Hoxton Basement, N1 6NG.

Book your taste bud tantalizing ticket here.

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