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Fluid Movement to recreate 17th century Punch House in London's Kings Cross

Published:  27 April, 2011

May will see the launch of VOC, a Punch House inspired by the Dutch East India Company founded in 1602.

VOC opens its doors on May 6 and promises a combination of traditional 17th century punch recipes with modern cocktail making skills to create a selection of drinks that have rarely been seen for over 200 years.

VOC will be a modern day update of the East Indian Punch House concept originally found in areas such as Batavia and Java in the 17th century.

The bar will include interiors designed by Suzann Bozorgi who found inspiration from 17th century travel and exploration.

The main feature of the bar will be four casks suspended from the ceiling containing a selection of barrel aged punches, cocktails and the VOC house blended and aged spiced rum.

The bar is the work of Fluid Movement which has put in place a back bar that will contain a selection of Dutch Genevers, central and south American rums and coconut sap produced Arracks from Asia.

It will also feature a catalogue of bottle matured cocktails and punches that are not listed on the menu - interested guests will be given a hand written leather bound ledger containing all of the bottled beverages, dates they were bottled and by whom.

The cocktail menu will offer classic 17th century punches served either from the bowl, by the bottle or from the cask using Asian herbs and spices commonly traded by the VOC in the 17th and 18th century.

* VOC, 2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter
Kings Cross, London, N1 9AW
* Opening Hours: weeknights: 5pm -1am
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 2.00am