Returning for its eighth year, the biggest drinks festival in the UK, London Cocktail Week (LCW), is joining forces with World Class to celebrate the best and booziest of our capital’s cocktail scene from Sunday 1 to 8 October. For just £10, your DrinkUp.London LCW digital pass entitles you to unlimited £6 cocktails in more […]

London Cocktail Week: This is your ultimate Cocktail Week diary.

Returning for its eighth year, the biggest drinks festival in the UK, London Cocktail Week (LCW), is joining forces with World Class to celebrate the best and booziest of our capital’s cocktail scene from Sunday 1 to 8 October. For just £10, your DrinkUp.London LCW digital pass entitles you to unlimited £6 cocktails in more than 250 venues across the week; exclusive discount in bars, restaurants and ticketed events; and advance tickets for only £5 to The Cocktail Village 2017. Below, we pick the two best events for each day of the week, so you don’t have to.

Sunday 1 October

Oriole and Bulleit Bourbon’s pre party, 6pm until late

Why should I go?

Oriole Bar has teamed up with Bulleit Bourbon for a night of live music from Fraser & The Alibis and cocktails. At Oriole, ‘A World Awaits’, with their cocktail collection drawing inspiration from destinations from around the globe. If you’re inspired by Europe and Africa, try the ‘Old World’ drinks or if you’re more enamored with Asia, the sub-Pacific and sub-continent, why not peruse ‘The Orient’ menu? Alternatively, travel to America with the ‘New World’ selection: ‘make your own map’.

What’s the vibe?

Despite proceedings officially kicking off on Monday 2, this pre party is just a teaser for the week ahead. Wave goodbye to ‘Sober October’ now.

What’s my freebie?

Whisky exchange wristband holders are entitled to one free welcome punch per person.

Where: Smithfield Markets, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH

Price: Free entry

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Monday 2 October

Bombay Sapphire Terrace launch at Wright Brothers Spitalfields, 12pm until 10:30pm

Why should I go?

If gin and seafood sounds like a match made in heaven, get down to the Bombay Sapphire Terrace launch. The Market Terrace at Wright Brothers Spitalfields has undergone a transformation and Bombay Sapphire has remodeled the al fresco space into ‘The Bombay Sapphire Terrace’.

What’s the vibe?

Guests will discover four different gin cocktails paired with Wright Brothers’ specialty: seafood. The small plates are designed to enhance the flavour of the botanicals contained in Bombay Sapphire gin.

What’s my freebie?

A discounted price of a mere £6 for Wright Brothers’ signature LCW cocktail: Smokey Bombay, made from Bombay Sapphire gin, Lagavulin sixteen year-old Scotch whisky, honey, fresh lemon juice and ginger syrup.

Where: 8a Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EA

Price: Free entry

Buy your tickets here.

Tuesday 3 October

T in the Rock, 6pm until 8pm

Why should I go?

For whisky and chocolate lovers, this event is a must. Discover four expressions of the award-winning Talisker Whisky, paired with artisanal chocolate by bar manager Thomas Holberg. The venue, Black Rock, currently holds the title for UK’s Best Specialist Bar 2017 and TimeOut‘s Best Single Focus Bar 2017.

What’s the vibe?

‘A perfectly matched evening of chocolate and whisky.’ The 185 year-old oak tree bar, lays the way for an evening of rich, authentic flavours as Talisker Whisky is the oldest Single Malts Scotch Whisky distillery made by the sea, on the shores of the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

What’s my freebie?

For your £15 entry fee, you get four whiskies from Talker, four chocolates from Cocoa Runners and one cocktial from Black Rock.

Where: Black Rock, 9 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS

Price: £15

Buy your tickets here.

Wednesday 4 October

World Class Garden to Glass at Ham Yard Hotel, 5pm until 9:30pm

Why should I go?

Satisfying the balance of the city and nature, this event can be found on the fourth floor of Ham Yard Hotel. Firmdale Group Mixologist, Eoin Kenny, has produced five different cocktails with World Class, specifically for LCW, inspired by home-grown ingredients.

What’s the vibe?

Enjoy your evening on Ham Yard’s private, leafy roof-top terrace, with sprawling views over London’s skyline. The garden is also home to two bee hives which are tended to by their resident bee keeper, Camilla, who will be giving a talk on ‘Urban bees and honey’. There is a lounge area scattered with Whitman benches, upholstered seating and a bar.

What’s my freebie?

Enjoy a free welcome cocktail upon arrival.

Where: 1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT

Price: £10

Thursday 5 October

World Class Whiskies, 7pm until 9pm

Why should I go?

An appreciation of good whisky and good music has been appealed to as we hit the half-way point of the festival with World Class Whiskies. Thomas Aske, the owner of Devil’s Darling, and leading whisky expert, Colin Dunn, host a five-course strong whisky tasting. Located on the first floor of ‘London’s smallest grand hotel’, ‘The Napoleon’, you will find Devil’s Darling. Hotel owners, Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, took all of their favourite elements of a five-star hotel bar to create a hidden den for cocktail lovers.  

What’s the vibe?

With each ‘course’ Colin and Thomas will provide some insight into the history of the cocktail. As each drink is served, a specially chosen vinyl record that fits the story behind the cocktail will be played.

What’s my freebie?

A free Clarified Copper Dog Punch is provided upon arrival.

Where: Devil’s Darling, 9 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS

Price: £15

Buy your tickets here.

Friday 6 October

Tanqueray No. Ten Presents Aqua Shard, 5pm until 9:30pm

Why should I go?

If you love gin, you’ll love this. Tanqueray No. Ten and Aqua Shard, showcase drinks created by Aqua Shard’s bar manager Luca Missaglia. Named after it’s stills of origin, Tanqueray No. Ten is the only gin to be inducted to the San Fransisco World Spirits Hall of Fame. With Tanqueray No. Ten’s brand ambassador on-site all week and Aqua Shard’s bar staff tending to your every need, you’ll experience gin in a whole new way.

What’s the vibe?

A stunning hanging display of the fresh fruit used in Tanqueray No. Ten’s distillation process is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Aqua Shard and London’s skyline.

What’s my freebie?

Unfortunately there’s no free drinks, however for Festival Pass holders, you can half the entry price to just £5.

Where: The Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW

Price: £10 on the door

Buy your tickets here.

Saturday 7 October

Bulleit Brunch at Call Me Mr Lucky, 2pm until 6pm

Why should I go?

Unlike the 1985 Breakfast Club, this is no detention. Start your weekend the right way at the Bulleit Bruch at Call Me Mr Lucky where you can enjoy an American-style brunch with Bulleit cocktails and boozy dishes. Why not try American pancakes with Bulleit infused maple glazed streaky bacon? Fill up on what the menu has to offer whilst getting clued up on the history of Bulleit, with complementary tastings of both the bourbon and rye.  

What’s the vibe?

DJs will play R&B, rock and roll and hip hop classics, whilst you can enjoy Wheel of Fortune and Speedy, with prizes of whisky give-aways.  

What’s my freebie?

Enjoy a welcome whisky cocktail and Bulleit tasting (3.30pm).

Where: The Breakfast Club, London Bridge, 11 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RQ

Price: £10

Buy your tickets here.

Sunday 8 October

Don Julio ‘La Catina’ Bar at Tequila Fest, 1pm until 7pm

Why should I go?

Get the salt and get the lime – it’s Tequila Fest. Discover the true essence of Mexican culture through delicious tacos, music, contemporary art, Aztec ceremonies, folkloric dance and of course, Don Julio’s luxury tequila. Staying in his native Jalisco, Don Julio established a distillery where generations to come have followed his passion for quality and craftsmanship: the passion of a man who revolutionized an industry forever.

What’s the vibe?

The vibrancy of this original, luxury tequila and Mexican heritage are brought to London by Don Julio’s ‘La Catina’ bar, at the Tequila Fest event. A 1940’s chevy pick-up will be setting up a draught cocktail bar serving Don Julio Tommy’s Margarita’s and Paloma’s for the weekend.

What’s my freebie?

Discover the passion, dedication and innovation from Don Julio, as European brand ambassador, Deano Moncrieffe, does a talk about how Don Julio created the world’s first luxury tequila brand.

Where: Boiler House 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Price: £20

Buy your tickets here.

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