Cheers to that! As London Cocktail Week kicks off in the capital we give you the definitive guide on where to try some tasty tipples
16:09 GMT, 9 October 2012
One of the best week's in any city-goers social diary is upon us as London Cocktail Week – the biggest drinks festival in the UK- kicks off in the capital. From 8th to 14th October, visitors to the
historic area of Seven Dials in Covent Garden will be sipping, shaking and partying
their way through a host of activities. Here we bring you the definitive guide….
London Cocktail Week is upon us so head down to Seven Dials in Covent Garden to taste some of the city's best tipples
London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub at 15 Shorts Gardens where visitors can collect their official wristband to unlock offers throughout Seven Dials and London including 4 cocktails, and also enjoy a drink in their speakeasy bar or attend a daily cocktail-making masterclass.
Seven pop-up cocktail bars including The Ginstitute where Gin tutors will teach Ginterns how to create their own bespoke gin; Smatt's Rum & Ice Cream Shack which combines rum, cocktails and ice cream all into one; be put through your cocktail-making paces at Bon Vivant on Monkey Shoulder’s Bar & Cocktail Bootcamp; or sample one of Dickens’ favoured libations at Hendrick’s Gin Mobile Library plus visit Kamm and Sons Punch and Judy bar where you can indulge in an exciting new Bergamot ‘Punch’ and a cocktail named Judy.
There is a host of cocktails on offer in central London and even cocktail tour buses on hand to transport cocktail lovers to the best bars
Cocktails as you shop – a host of Seven Dials stores and boutiques will stay open late to let shoppers sip on delicious cocktails as they browse their rails. Just a few of those involved are erotic emporium Coco De Mer which will serve Cointreau cocktails throughout the week, new menswear store Foxhall will host The Foxhall Sensorium – an exclusive pop-up bar of drinks by Scottish gin Caorunn and aromatic adventures to elevate the senses and resident men’s grooming establishment Murdock London presents an evening of bespoke cocktails and microdistilling wizardry from Scared, one of London's most prestigious new gin producers.
Outside of Seven Dials, the London Cocktail Week Cocktail Tours will once again be taking place, with some of the best bars in the city throwing open their doors to offer a bespoke London Cocktail Week cocktail for just 4 to wristband wearers.
Take a ride on The London Cocktail Week vintage Routemaster buses to visit areas not within walking distance of Seven Dials. Buses leave from Centre Point at 7pm and 9pm – expect to be entertained during your journey.
One highlight is sure to be the Lovoka tour on Wednesday night which will take party-goers to beach blanket Babylon in the heart of Shoreditch (Lovoka is a luxurious new vodka going sale exclusively in Harvey Nichols.)
To register for your 4 London Cocktail Week wristband and bus pass visit Londoncocktailweek.com.
LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK 2011 FIGURES
150 bars involved on the Cocktail Tours
Over 150 events hosted throughout the week
2 prime time television slots
250 individual pieces of media coverage
17,253 people signed up