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How to Appropriately Observe London Cocktail Week

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How to Appropriately Observe London Cocktail Week

Keeping the party going with our pick of the best Cocktail Week events and bars

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London Cocktail Week uncorks fun throughout the city from 4-13 October. Here are the some of the best events to try…

London Cocktail Week 2019

The Cocktail Village

The epicentre of London Cocktail Week, the Cocktail Village features over 40 different bars – all serving signature £6 cocktails – at Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery. This year’s stalls include a recreation of buzzy Japanese street bars by the House of Suntory, Bourbon & Bites courtesy of Maker’s Mark and Crosstown Doughnuts, and Fentiman’s Rum Bar, with tropical Islington favourite, Laki Kane. Bar-hop to discover old favourites and new flavours, or make good use of the interactive photo-booth and lounge in the deck chairs at Passoã’s beach sunset pop-up for some much needed sunshine – Porn Star Martini in hand, of course. Those commendably observing Sober October needn’t feel left out: a non-alcoholic bar is whipping up No-Gronis with all the deliciously bitter flavour of the classic, minus the headache. The Cocktail Village, 146 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR; free entry with a LCW pass. 

Bar takeovers at sketch

As if we needed another excuse to go to sketch… The ever-popular Mayfair venue is partnering with a different spirit for every day of London Cocktail Week, with residencies from brands like Cointreau, Mount Gay rum and Spanish brandy Torres 15 happening daily in different rooms including the Parlour, magical Glade, and futuristic East Bar. Look out for a night of classic, perfectly-balanced Sidecars with Rémy Martin, on 9 October.  2-13 October, sketch, 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XGsketch.london

Cocktails and Oysters at Wright Brothers

Who says oysters only go well with champagne? To celebrate 10 years of London Cocktail Week, Wright Brothers have created a new cocktail – aptly named Ten to the Dozen – available at all locations for only £6. A fresh blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, bitter bianco, elderflower cordial, grapefruit and lemon juice, it pairs beautifully with the restaurant’s signature seafood and oysters. Fans of the classics can head over to Wright Bros. Spitalfields to celebrate in style, with a martini and oyster platter for a mere £20. For London Cocktail Week pass holders only at Wright Brothers locations in Battersea, Soho, Spitalfields, South Kensington and Borough; oyster platter only at Wright Bros Spitalfields from 3-6pm; book via thewrightbrothers.co.uk

Paradiso Bar at The Coral Room

For spectacular drinks in one of London’s most stylish bars, head over to the Bloomsbury Hotel’s vibrant Coral Room, which is hosting Barcelona speakeasy Paradiso for one night of award-winning cocktails from master mixologist Giacomo Giannotti. 4 October only, The Bloomsbury, 16-22 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN      

The Old Man x Bloomsbury Club

If one world-class bar residency isn’t enough, the Bloomsbury Club – just next door to the Coral Room – is living up to its literary legacy with a range of cocktails inspired by Hemingway, one of the 20th century’s greatest writing (and drinking) talents – courtesy of Hong Kong’s trailblazing Old Man bar. 4 October, The Bloomsbury, 16-22 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN 

Le Syndicat residency at Sanderson

Iconic Parisian cocktail bar Le Syndicat – one of the world’s 50 best bars – is serving up innovative, beautiful creations in a six-day residency at the Sanderson hotel’s Long Bar. The French mixologist’s selection of elegant, creative cocktails is inspired by the Parisian couture houses. Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG

LCW Pop-Up at Covent Garden

In an exciting addition to Covent Garden’s buzzy bar scene, this week-long pop up is offering visitors daily tastings and cocktail-based activities, including an Espresso Martini masterclass with Ketel One vodka. Splurge on new barware or brush up on your cocktail knowledge at the at the specialist bookstore, before descending to the downstairs speakeasy where some of the world’s best bartenders will be mixing up a daily-changing menu of delectable creations. 5-7 Grape Street, London, WC2H 8DW

St Germain at Balthazar and Henrietta

Move over, Aperol – with its delicate elderflower flavour, St Germain is a spritz for the (colder) seasons. Two of London’s most Parisian bars, Balthazar and Henrietta, are serving up the French liqueur in this elegant, autumnal update on the quintessential summer drink, as well as special St Germain menus, available only during London Cocktail Week. 7-13 October, at Balthazar, 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ, and Henrietta Bistro, 14-15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH.     

Opihr bar at The Cocktail Village

Intrepid gin lovers looking to expand their palate can trace the ancient spice route through this gin masterclass, which brings together hand-picked botanicals from Asia, Europe and the Middle East in a sensory experience. Anyone sharp enough afterwards can have a go at solving ancient riddles at the bar – a correct answer wins a free signature Opihr gin cocktail. The Cocktail Village, Old Truman Brewery, 146 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Bacardi Rum Room

Bacardi is bringing back, with a week’s worth of delicious rum-based cocktails at its Rum Room pop up. Guests can also try out a selection of the brand’s premium rums and book a free masterclass to learn about the rum-making process – tasting of the rums and classic cocktails included, naturally. The Old Truman Brewery4 Dray Walk, London, E1 6QL

For about London Cocktail Week events and locations, and to purchase a £10 LCW pass, visit drinkup.london

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