London Cocktail Week: the highlights

Overwhelmed by the choice of things to do during London Cocktail Week? Don’t panic – we’ve pulled together the best bits so you can concentrate on drinking

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Gird your livers, people – from October 7, London Cocktail Week is back. This seven-day celebration is your chance to sample the finest boozy concoctions in town – simply buy yourself a £10 wristband, pick your events from the below (the full timetable is here if you’re planning on really going for it) then head out to the various venues across the city for a seriously classy session. Cheers!

The big ones

Seven Dials Club supported by Time Out Live

Open in Seven Dials every day of the festival from noon until 2am, this enormous bar will feature a pop-up gin palace and a Las Vegas style show room, both of which will play host to stand-up comedy acts and cabaret; tango and swing dancing; live bands and DJs. And gin. Did we mention the gin?

Entry is free with a London Cocktail Week wristband, which is valid for the whole week. Buy one here.

The Portobello Road Gin No. 171 Pop-Up Parlour

Smaller than the Seven Dials Club (but no less beautiful), this ickle pop-up, again supported by our friends at PRN171, will focus on serving simple Brit grub and a bespoke gin cocktail menu from noon to 2am.

Entry is free with a London Cocktail Week wristband, which is valid for the whole week. Buy one here.


Free events and samplings

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All of the following events are free with the £10 wristband. Advanced reservation may be required – click the event name for full details.

Averna pop-up van (Mon-Thur, 2-8pm, WC2), DIY drinks drop-in kitchen (Mon-Sun, noon-10pm, WC2), Rum fun with Angostura (Mon, 6.30-8.30, WC2), Disaronno Sour Station (Mon-Sun, 4-8pm, WC2), Ciroc Rocks Mahiki party (Mon-Wed, 6-9.30pm, W1), Jerry’s Backyard Bar (Tues-Thurs, 2-7pm, WC2), Roundbuilding masterclass (Weds, 2-4pm, W1), Botanical Bicycle (Wed-Fri, 3-7pm, WC2), Funkin Street Bar (Weds-Fri, 3-7pm, WC2), Taste of Drambuie (Weds, 6-7pm, W1), Caorunn Sensorium (Thurs-Fri 5-8pm, WC2), Langley’s No 8 Evening (Thurs 7.30-11pm, WC2), St Germain & Laura Lee in-store tasting (Fri, 4-7pm, WC2), Cocktails & Jazz (Fri 9pm-2am, SE22), Jameson’s Trend Labs (Fri 11, noon-1.30pm, 2.30-4pm, 5-6.30pm, 7.30-9pm, W1), Death Masks (Sat 1-3pm, W1), Last Words (Sat 3.30-5.30pm, W1), Dresses to die for (Sat, 6.30-7pm, W1), Meet the Undertaker (Sat 7.30-9.30, W1), London Hereafter (Sat 7.30-8.30pm), The Last Supper (Sat, 7.30-11pm, W1), London Undead (Sat 8-9pm, W1).
See the full event timetable for more details.


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