If you know your Caipirinha from your Dirty Martini, you will be delighted to note that the biggest annual drinks festival in the UK returns on Monday. Once again the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden is set to play host to London Cocktail Week, which is enjoying its third year. Running from Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October13; more than 150 bars, restaurants and pop-up shops will play host to a celebration of the capital’s cocktail culture.
Organisers have said to expect top-class bartenders mixing luxury bespoke drinks and high-end spirit companies showcasing their latest blends. This is a fantastic chance for the cocktail aficionados among you to either sample some of your favourite classic combinations or be spontaneous and try something specially created for the week.
The event will feature a mix of familiar haunts, cheeky speakeasies, underground bars, access to hidden courtyards and random pop-up spaces. The specially selected bars taking part in London Cocktail Week will be offering bespoke and unlimited £4 cocktails throughout the event. There are also special deals to be had in participating restaurants if you fancy combining your cocktails with a bite to eat.
How to get involved
To get the most out of the event, including hidden features, you need to register for a wristband at the event homepage. Wristbands cost £10 and allow you access to sampling stations and cocktail demonstrations, as well as the chance to take part on a Cocktail Tour. The Ketel One Hub, a specially created pop-up within Seven Dials, is the wristband collection point during the week. While you are picking up your wristband you can get some drinks-making tips from the experts and help planning your time efficiently – just ask the London Cocktail Week team for their advice. For those of you on Twitter, you can follow the fun @LDNCocktailWeek.
The nearest tube station is Covent Garden, however Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road and Holborn are all within a short walking distance.
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