It’s that time of year again when London is awash with great drinks, great mixers, and great events all at a bargain price. Yes, it’s time for London Cocktail Week. Taking place from Monday 1st – Sunday 7th October, 2018 sees the return of the ever popular cocktail village, hundreds of bars and restaurants and events and selected cocktails on offer across the country’s capital city.
Access to much of the festivities is just £10 and that includes with £6 cocktails all week! It is all app based now, so you don’t have to wear a bright wristband and suffer that sense of shame when you refuse to take it off all week at work. As always, we have had a look ahead to see the best London Cocktail Week has to offer!
London Cocktail Week Cocktail Village (Wed 3rd – Sun 7th Oct, Free)
The quintessential venue of the London Cocktail Week is their own Cocktail Village. New for 2018, the village is popping up in East London at Truman Brewery, taking over a bigger space – providing for 40 pop-up bars, more space for us drinkers and more choice over cocktails than before. It’s been split out in to various areas, with many favourite distillers and mixologists returning, including the likes of Ketel One, Bulleit Bourbon, Monkey Shoulder, Dewars, Tia Maria, Tanqueray, Remy Martin and Beefeater to name a few. Its worth nothing it is only open from Wednesday during Cocktail week this year!
The Light House (Mon 1st – Sat 6th Oct, £12)
The Village might not always be open, but The Light House always is. Something new and rather different for 2018 from the London Essence Company, The Light House is a ‘multi-sensory experience through light, colour, scent sight and sound’, accompanied by some low calorie but great tasting cocktails. We aren’t entirely sure what all of that means, but being open to new experiences and new drinks is part of what makes London Cocktail Week such a hit every year. We will definitely go in and see what this is all about.
Dewar’s High Baller’s (Tue 2nd Oct, Free)
Something that doesn’t require much of an explanation is Dewar’s High Baller’s with the Panda & Son’s team. Scottish hospitality, great drinks and we would expect some of the classic Dewar’s fun and games will be at play down at The Vault. We doubt that London Cocktail Week could possibly happen without a few rounds of chicken bingo!
Grey Goose’s Café La Vanille (Mon 1st – Sun 7th Oct, Free)
Whilst Dewar’s madcap fun and games represents one side of London Cocktail Week, Grey Goose’s Café La Vanille with Soho House’s Barber & Parlour occupies the other. Refined coffee based cocktails, such as London’s favourite espresso martini, will be on offer, whilst a range of high demos, workshops and food based events are also on the menu. Drop by or book a spot in a class here because coffee and cocktails are certainly a classic combination.
Ableforth’s Tubbery (Wed 3rd – Sat 6th Oct, Prices vary)
Something providing a bit of a twist on a classic are London Cocktail Week stalwarts Ableforth’s, whose Bathtub Gin has seemingly been ever present at the cocktail village until now. This year, branching out on their own at Ableforth’s Tubbery, they’re providing you the chance to learn about gin infusion and having a go at making your own. There are also plenty of other events going on at The Tubbery, with skittles and drinks and live events all week, so worth stopping by for a gin or ten.
Diplomatico Multisensory Mystery Tour (Fri 5th Oct, £14)
‘Multisensory’ must be the buzzword of this year’s London Cocktail Week, as rum specialists Diplomatico are hosting their own multi-sensory extravaganza. Their European brand ambassador will be taking you on a journey through their beautiful range of rums, paired with sights, smells and sounds and, as they put it, ‘every other sense under the sun’ – which is really just taste and touch… They describe the event like going on three separate holidays without leaving London, and as we are already in our post-summer blues this sounds pretty good to us!
Spirits Collective Presents: Ilegal Takeover (Wed 3rd Oct, £14)
If tequila is your weapon of choice, head over to East London on Wednesday, where one of the most talked about mezcals around, Ilegal Mezcal, will be taking over TT Liquor for one night only. With it’s beautifully balanced agave flavours, for one night only Illegal will be setting up shop revealing their Guatemalan routes. You’ll get a specially created welcome cocktail from the Cellar Bar as well as goodie bag with Ilegal treats to takeaway.
Suntory Roku Gin Masterclass (Sun 7th Oct, £15)
Roku at ROKA certainly has a ring to it. The Japanese Gin from the House of Suntory are hosting… you guessed it… a multi-sensory experience in store at ROKA, where you will be guided through the key botanicals that give Roku its premium and delicate taste, brought to life in a range of accentuating cocktail. Also, rather temptingly, there are a range of snacks throughout the classes here which marry Roku and Japanese dishes.
Four Pillars Sager + Wilde Gin Dinner (Wed 3rd Oct, £65)
If cocktails and snacks isn’t quite substantial enough for you, tipping the expensive end of the scale is the Four Pillars Sager + Wilde Gin Dinner. A three course affair that marries some great food with the up and coming Four Pillars small batch gin distillers from Australia.
So there we have it! Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below and check out the full London Cocktail Week 2018 line-up over at the DrinkUp Website. Also learn the difference between whiskey and whisky…