London Cocktail Week is back for another year and as the capital goes crazy for cocktails, we’ve done some research on some of the events and places you need to check out this year.
London Cocktail Week Village
For anyone wanting to know the latest cocktails, meet some of the greatest mixologists and taste some of the most delicious cocktails, then you need to get down to the hub which has moved this year to the new venue at Brick Lane.
They’ve gone a whole lot bigger to fit more people in and entry is included with your festival pass. With three distinct spaces starting from the Back Yard Market, moving through into Brick Lane Yard and culminating in The Boiler House, there is a lot of cocktails to be sampled.
If you are heading down there stop by the Fever-Tree‘s Whisky & Ginger Bar. Fever Tree have teamed up with whisky bar Black Rock to create four unique whisky blends to mix with Fever-Tree’s Ginger Ale, Spiced Orange Ginger Ale, Smoky Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer, crafting four serves that will be exclusively available for London Cocktail Week.
The village doesn’t open until Wednesday 03 October however you will be pleased to hear they have a later license (11pm last orders!)
The Botanist Gin Foraging Experience
Gin-lovers are invited to ‘go wild’ at The Foragers Table hosted by The Botanist at The Shoreditch Treehouse. The experience includes a three-course culinary tour of wild London, exploring the flavourful finds that can be foraged in the city.
Curated by Craig Grozier, renowned Scottish chef, founder of Fallachan and in-house chef for The Botanist Gin, the experience seeks to reconnect people with nature to bring to life the ethos behind The Botanist Gin. Each dish will be expertly paired with a cocktail created by Marcis Dzelzainis, drinks curator at Sager + Wilde, Rosey Mitchell, global competition winning bartender from Three Sheets and Robin Honhold from The Lyan Group.
For those seeking a strictly gin affair, The Botanist will also host a series of private tastings with a foraging twist on Saturday 6th October. Each 45 minute session includes a neat gin tasting, followed by the opportunity for guests to pick their own garnish, and sip on their creations in the Treehouse bar.
#BeTheBotanist: The Foragers Table is open from Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th October at The Shoreditch Treehouse. Tickets are available to buy here and cost £45 per person.
#BeTheBotanist: Foraging Masterclass will take place on Saturday 6th October every hour from 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available to purchase here.
Absolut Porn Star Martini Townhouse
Experience this modern classic like never before as 19 Greek Street, Soho, transforms into the Absolut Porn Star Martini Townhouse. Discover an immersive experience spread across four floors of this beautiful Victorian building.
On the first floor, breathe in the unmistakable scent of vanilla in a mist-filled forest, before ascending to the second floor to lose yourself in the fun effervescence of a bubble maze. The third floor will see you travel to the zingy centre of the Porn Star Martini in the Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope, created by renowned London-based designer, Fred Butler, best known for creating the iconic headpiece worn by Lady Gaga in the video for Telephone. The multi-sensory journey through the townhouse with edible treats and games along the way will bring to life the tastes, aromas and sensations of this iconic cocktail.
Your final stop on the top floor of the townhouse will be the Absolut Porn Star Martini bar, where you will be given the opportunity to master the skill of making your very own Absolut Porn Star Martini: the perfect way to complete your journey.
The Absolut Porn Star Martini Townhouse will be open from 17:00 – 21:00, Wednesday 3 October – Saturday 6 October.
Tickets are available for £9 here
The Broken Shaker at Madison
We love it when a bar from the Worlds Best 50 Bars comes to town and this time is the turn of The Broken Shaker from the US of A. Award-winning and ranked 18th on the list, The Broken Shaker has taken Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York by storm and now, for the first time, Miami’s tropical hotspot is bringing its eclectic spirit to London for an exclusive pop-up at Madison London.
Equipped with a bespoke drinks menu from Bobby Eldridge, The Broken Shaker’s very own cocktail connoisseur, and Miami’s top female bartender Courtney Lane to assist, Madison will be shaken up to celebrate London Cocktail Week 2018 in fitting style.
Dates: 2nd – 5th October.
The World Class Garden to Glass Pop Up At The Ham Yard Hotel
World Class are taking over the private Roof Terrace of the Ham Yard Hotel to show you how to use ingredients from your garden and home in your cocktails, including tips on how to add botanical elements to your Tanqueray Collins with Jack Sotti. World Class GB Bartender of the year and Dan Warrren, World Class GB Bartender of the year.
Ham Yard Hotel: 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London, W1D 7DT
Dates: 1st – 2nd October
Find out more here
Aperitivo, Restyled by The House of Peroni at the Cocktail Week Village
Peroni Nastro Azzurro returns as the sole beer brand, crafting Peroni-infused cocktails within an effortlessly stylish experience from The House of Peroni.
As “The Home of Emerging Talent”, The House of Peroni, world-renowned resident master of mixology, Simone Caporale and a selection of the UK’s best emerging bartending talent, have created the ‘Aperitivo, Restyled By Peroni’ menu exclusively for London Cocktail Week Festival pass holders. The experience will offer an exciting twist on the stylish Italian aperitivo trend sweeping the nation, with a delicious side of Italian appetizers.
We’ll add more events as we hear about them but hopefully this will be enough to keep you busy. If you manage to get down to any feel free to let us know your thoughts.