Hold on to your hat; it’s only London Cocktail Week! And the now 8th annual event encompasses 250 bars, restaurants and popups accross the capital, until this Sunday the 8th October. A £10 pass will give drinkers access to £6 cocktails in many of the city’s best bars from Monday (October 2) to Sunday (October 8).
But where to go and what to drink? Here’s our highlights:
- The Cocktail Village
If you go now where else, make sure you pay a visit to home of London Cocktail Week Itself. The hub in Old Spitalfields Market will be a maze of popups with bars, trucks, bars in vans and every kind of mixer and mixologist you could dream of.
Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW, 2-8 October
- Trash Tiki: Anti-Waste Punk Pop Up
Ian Griffiths (formerly Dandelyan) and Kelsey Ramage have been touring the globe with the tiki bar that uses only waste ingredients. The mission to raise awareness of food and drink waste may be serious but the cocktails are fun! Just a glance at the menu is proof, with names such as –Death to Despacito, made from Bacardi, pineapple champagne and citrus stock. The recycling is seriously sophisticated, economic ingredients include cob syrup using corn cobs, and apple pulp from juice blender waste to create a fab sweet ’n’ sour. All the drinks will be made with waste only from London Cocktail Week Village to create the cocktails for this pop-up.
Nelsons Head Basement, 32 Horatio Street, London E2 7SB, 3-8 October, free
- Garden to Glass at Ham Yard Hotel
This beautiful hotel hangout will play host to a number of boozy pop-ups this week. There’ll be a number of masterclasses held on the rooftop, so you can watch, learn and drink, whilst soaking up the autumn scene. Each session will be using home-grown ingredients, so you’ll get to enjoy the tasty freshness of everything from jasmine, lavender, tomatoes, scotch bonnet chillies and honey, and learn how best to use them.
Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT, 2- 7 October, tickets £10
- Tanqueray No. Ten Presents Aqua Shard
Calling all gin lovers! Tanqueray No. Ten and Aqua Shard, will be bringing you the best drinks on offer all crafted by one of the best in the business, Aqua Shard’s bar manager Luca Missaglia. Not only that, Tanqueray No. Ten’s brand ambassador will be on-site all week and Aqua Shard’s bar staff tending to your every need. If that wasn’t enough of a fest for the senses, this will all be accompanied by a stunning hanging display of the fresh fruit used in Tanqueray No. Ten’s distillation process, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Aqua Shard and London’s skyline.
The Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW, 2- 8 October, £10 on the door, Festival Pass holders, can half the entry price to just £5
5.Pizza Pilgrims Pit Stop
For something sharper head to Soho’s sunny courtyard, where Pizza Pilgrims will be handing out a taste of the Amalfi coast in the form of thirst-quenching glasses of limencello, under the lemon groves. It’s not quite the real thing but with slice of margarita pizza you could be fooled for a little while.
Kingly Court, 11 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PW, 2- 8 October, free entry