London Cocktail Week

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London will be getting all shook up again in October as the annual celebration of London’s best tipples, London Cocktail Week, returns. This year, the festival is going digital and ditching the wristbands, with festival passes activated through the DrinkUp.London app. A £10 pass entitles discerning drinkers to £6 cocktails in many of the capital’s best bars throughout the seven-day celebration. Bars already taking part in the festival include Bar Termini Centrale and The Vault of Soho.

As previously, Old Spitalfields Market will be LCW HQ for the week, although this year, access must be booked in advance through the app and will cost festival goers a further £5. As always, expect special events, masterclasses and pop-ups all across London from internationally renowned bartenders. You can blend your own whisky at Chivas Regal’s pop-up bar The Blend, drink inside a copper still that usually makes gin but has been turned into a bar by G’Vine, try cocktails made from waste ingredients from 30 participating Cocktail Week bars at Trash Tiki’s pub pop-up and even get yourself inked for free as Sailor Jerry partners with London tattoo parlour Cloak & Dagger for the festival. Or simply sip cocktails from world reknowned bars running takeovers in London throughout the weeklong celebration of London's best mixed drinks.


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I'm so happy to be writing this in my Pjs from my sofa! I was delighted when searching for something to do last night to find a London cocktail week event 10 mins walk from my house!

My first 'drink a long' movie last night at the Gorringe Park pub (one of my favourite locals) in Tooting was a blast. A delightful birthday treat from a friend but at £35 for 5 (proper) cocktails, some snacks accompanying Breakfast at Tiffanys, I think it's a bargain.

We pigged out on the new cinema menu - corn dogs are going to be my new addiction! (Not included in movie/cocktail deal)

Night kicked off around 745 with an espresso martini & cinnamon swirls which were followed at apposite moments with an old fashioned, a zombie (& some popcorn & peanut brittle (delist)), an aperol spritz & a planters punch! Not all would be choices I would make but they all worked perfectly and were delicious!

It's on every night so I'd urge you to get along! But if you're a lightweight like me you might want to plan a duvet day for the day after!

If anyone's reading this I'd love the cocktail recipes!

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I loved the Vestal Voyages the worlds first floating bar and distillery in the world !

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Looking forward to trying a unique 'Little Bay' cocktail at Little Bay Farringdon in Clerkenwell.

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Previously this has been great, but this year what a rip.... why has it gone up to £6 per cocktail PLUS £5 just to get into the hub?? Does that £5 include a cocktail? 


The Schwepp's pop up at the Alchemy Bar during London Cocktail Week was brilliant.  It was innovative, funny and a very boozy affair.  The set-up was great and the staff were fantastic.  The bar in itself was lovely, but the experience was well-worth doing and my friends and I had a lot of fun doing various gin-related experiments.

They only time I can try out London's best cocktails bars, yes 7 tales  have you in my sight!!

God 3rd Oct can not come soon enough!! I love trying some cocktail bars, not sure ill get through 250!

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Went over to Old Spitalfield Market and tried out some drinks from the small pop-up bars. Head over before you miss out!!!


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Do we even need to buy the wristbands? No one ever checks them, why did I buy it at all?

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How can you include SushiSamba in the Dizzy Heights page? Yes, the view is fabulous. But the 2 cocktails me and my partner had were more ice than cocktail ingredients. They were very disappointing. The wine and champagne represented good value and you know what you are getting.