Merchant House Group, the bar business led by Nate Brown and Lewis Hayes the co-founders of drinks consultancy The London Bar Consultants, has launched its second site in the capital.

Merchant House of Fleet Street has opened in Bride Court, just off Fleet Street, and is described as a “hidden bar in the shadows of St Paul’s Cathedral” offering more than 500 whiskies, with a focus on Ireland and the Scottish coast, as well as floral whiskey cocktails, wine and beer.

The group’s debut Merchant House venue is in Bow Lane and focuses on gin and rum.

Brown and Hayes said: “The world of whiskey is not just expanding at an exponential rate but the entire identity of the category is shifting away from stuffy armchairs and dark corners to fresh, floral and feminine spaces with delicious, invigorating cocktails. We believe we are contributing to this in our own small way.”