NewsLondon Cocktail Week returns

October 8, 20200
London Cocktail Week is back, just not as you know it

 

This year, the annual festival London Cocktail Week has been extended to a month (to 31 Oct).

Alas, the epic Cocktail Village in Spitalfields won’t be taking place in 2020.

However, 238 bars are taking part, so expect dry ice and colour-changing cocktails, rare spirits and elaborate garnishes, as well as the chance to join craft workshops.

How it works

The aim of the game is to sample multiple cocktails – while still remembering how to get back to your hotel, of course.

That’s why each bar offers three £6 cocktails, including one with reduced alcohol. Many of the bars also offer a zero alcohol mocktail.

Once you’ve bought a festival wristband, flash it at a participating bar – just note that some require you to book ahead.

Who’s taking part

All the usual suspects are taking part, from Mr Fogg’s and 69 Colebrooke Row in Angel to Café Boheme in Soho.

Cocktail tours at Mr Fogg’s © London Cocktail Week 2020

Like hotel bars? Then visit George’s Bar at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Dalloway Terrace in The Bloomsbury Hotel or Seymour’s Parlour at The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone.

Dalloway Terrace © Dalloway Terrace

If you’d rather drink outside, then visit rooftop bars such as Aqua Nueva and Aviary or sit in the courtyard garden of Apples & Pears.

Alternatively, try a new bar such as Callooh Callay Chelsea or a selection at Goods Bay on the canal behind King’s Cross.

You can also visit bars with bowling alleys, dart boards, shuffleboards and crazy golf.

Masterclasses

In addition to discounted drinks, you can also join a cocktail-making class.

Coming up, sample Japanese Suntory whisky, or pair cocktails with gelato and granita.

Alternatively, why not take part in a tipsy screen-printing workshop at Print Club London? You can also get crafty in a bouquet or terrarium-making workshop.

Dinner with drinks

You may need a meal to soak up some of that booze.

In that case, pair rum with drinks at Tayer + Elementary in Old Street, or try smoky Mexican mezcal over brunch at Hacha in Hackney.

The interior of Tayer + Elementary © Tayer + Elementary

Alternatively, dig into a Wellington with whisky at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen.

Safety measures

All staff wear face coverings, and bars close at 10pm.

sarah

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