London Cocktail Week is the highlight of London’s drinking calendar - an extravaganza of booze where the world’s best brands, bars and bartenders come together to celebrate all that is good about the drinks industry… and it’s one of our favourite weeks of the year.
The brainchild of the phenomenal Hannah Sharman-Cox and managed by inimitable Siobhan Payne, London Cocktail Week is a seven-day festival celebrating the good and the great of London’s cocktail scene which starts on the 1st October. With over 250 bars taking past and an entire cocktail village - here's what you should be sipping or seeing if you’re in or around the capital next week.
You need to get your hands on a London Cocktail Week pass, and then head to our pick of the must-see events happening next week…
1) Four Pillars x Sager + Wilde Dinner
You know by now how much we admire the gin-mavericks over at Four Pillars - and they’ve teamed up with what we believe is one of the best restaurants in the city. Sagar + Wilde, a restaurant situated in a beautiful old railway arch that creates mouth-watering food from seasonal, local ingredients (and their pasta dishes are life-changing). They’ve come together for a gin pairing dinner on Wednesday 3rd October - four courses, four gin drinks and an evening of banter with Four Pillars Brand Ambassadors Joe & Jimmy. We’ve already booked two tables - so book your ticket and reserve your space quick.
Sager + Wilde, 250 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE
Wednesday 3rd October
£65 per person
2) Let There Be Brunch with Ketel One
Now, it’s well known in the ‘biz (I’m sorry, I’ll never say that again) that Ketel One makes the best Bloody Marys, and they’re also incredibly environmentally conscious - and for London Cocktail Week, they’ve teamed up with Harvey Nichols to launch a sustainable Bloody Mary Masterclass, while you enjoy brunch.
You can join their Brand Ambassador Kate Jackson for a masterclass in how to make a Bloody Mary and her top tips and tricks on minimising waste and incorporating wonky veg into your boozy brunch beverage. You’ll get the chance to try either 3 Bloody Marys, 3 Ketel Spritzs or a flight of Martini twists over the 90 minutes.
Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Saturday 6th October
£30 per person
11:00 or 12:30
To book your space, email Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor restaurant team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) London Essence’s Light House
London Essence want to take you on a journey through colour, scent, sight and sound with their immersive, multi-sensory experience that explores the essence of light. Perception-shifting light intersects with low-calorie cocktails produced by some of the world’s best bartenders.
The Light House, 5-7 Grape Street, WC2H 8DW
1st October - 6th October
£12 per person
4) Glasshouse Residency with Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire’s fascinating Glasshouse Project takes residency in the suite at The Napoleon Hotel, created a sensorial and innovative drinking experience that’s sure to thrill. Some of the UK’s most creative bartenders will be curating a unique tasting menu, showcasing a selection of artistic cocktails and modern flavours, and the best thing is, this one is FREE but reservation only.
To book your slot, email email@example.com
The Napoleon Hotel, 9 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS
3rd October - 5th October
5) The Schweppes Flavour Adventure
Get Sky High with Schweppes during London Cocktail Week when they take over the London Eye for the week - no, seriously, they’re doing that. They’re offering you the opportunity to become a Flavour Explorer and excited your adventurous side with an immersive journey through time and flavour - while enjoying the view of course. They’re turning the capsules into time travelling pods, taking you on a three-part tourney back in time to discover new cocktail creations and experience the sights of London through the eyes of the original alchemist and creator of Schweppes, Jacob Schweppes.
London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
3rd October - 7th October
Or, if none of these take your fancy, you can check the whole list of events out here, or just visit one of the participating bars for £10 cocktails all week. But remember, you need a Cocktail Week Pass.