If there is only one week worth celebrating, London Cocktail Week is it.
From Monday 6th – Sunday 12th October, over 250 bars across the capital will be uniting to help showcase the best of cocktail culture with a raft of activity including special tasting sessions and cocktail-making master classes, to plenty of drink-tastic parties and pop-ups. And to help you navigate through the week, here’s a guide on some of the best places and activities to check out.
WHAT: Access to over 250 cocktails at leading bars for £4 each
DETAILS: Get yourself a wristband as flashing one of these will entitle you to specially-created cocktails for £4 at all 250+ venues including The Blind Pig above Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho, Benares Bar & Lounge in Mayfair, Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous in Fitzrovia and Bread Street Kitchen in the City. You’ll also get free entry into various parties, discounts on bottles and special drink pairings at participating restaurants.
WHERE: 1) London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub, 9 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LL. 2) London Cocktail Week Tanqueray Hub, Hixter, 9A Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YN. 3) www.londoncocktailweek.com
WHAT: Create your own Bloody Mary
DETAILS: Select your own fruits, herbs, spices and vegetables from the pop-up farmer’s market to create your own twist on the classic Bloody Mary, led by Ketel One brand ambassador Dave Beatty.
WHERE: London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub, 9 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LL
WHAT: Mexican street festival
DETAILS: If you love Tequila, you won’t be disappointed at having to trawl through the largest selection of Tequila cocktails in East London whilst enjoying some Mexican street food to complement the drinks. Also, be one of the first 50 customers to buy a Don Julio cocktail each day from 5pm and you’ll even walk out with a free t-shirt (which you’ll get to create).
WHERE: Translate Bar, 12-14 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DA
COST: Free entry
WHAT: Re-living the history of gin
DETAILS: Experience the decadence of the 1920s with live bands, flapper dancers and special food and gin dinner pairings. There are also daily master classes led by Tanqueray No. Ten brand ambassador Tim Homewood who will take you through the history of the spirit with a mini cocktail-making session.
WHERE: Mark’s Bar at Hixter, 9A Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YN
COST: Free (entry and master classes)
WHAT: Haig Club whisky master class
DETAILS: Enjoy a tasting of the new Haig Club whisky from House of Haig with plenty of cocktails and a master class session with brand ambassador David Sinclair.
WHERE: Home House, 20 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LW
WHEN: Mon 6th – Wed 8th Oct, 6-8pm
COST: Tickets are £15
WHAT: 1950s American Diner pop-up
DETAILS: It’s the Midwest in the West End with this pop-up Bulleit Bourbon Diner. Swing along to classic American ‘50s hits on the jukebox whilst you enjoy Bulleit Hard Shakes and cocktails served alongside corn dogs, deep fried pickles and Cajun-salted fries.
WHERE: London Cocktail Club, 224A Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EB
COST: Free entry
WHAT: Talisker whisky and food pairing
DETAILS: Whilst you tap your feet along to a live rhythm and blues band, brand ambassador Colin Dunn will take you through a tasting of six expressions of Talisker whisky which come expertly paired with complementary canapés.
WHERE: The Punch Room at London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 2NP
WHEN: Thu 9th Oct, 7-11pm
COST: Tickets are £35
Tickets can be purchased though londoncocktailweek.com and at any of the ‘hubs’, see the website for details.