Things to do in London this weekend
Things to do in London 11th-13th October
Best for: Cocktail week pop-ups in London
The vibe: Soda specialist adds tropical twist to cocktail week
Need to know: Known for their delicious botanical drinks, Fentimans are launching a brand new flavour for London Cocktail Week. And they've turned a little bit of Shoreditch into a tropical paradise to mark the occasion.
Specifically created to be paired with rum, Fentimans tropical soda mixes the flavours of pineapple and cardamom to make a winning combination. And they've teamed up with the city's award winning tiki bar Laki Kaneto to create three rum cocktails to celebrate, based around Fentimans tropical soda, ginger beer and curiosity cola.
You'll be sure to spot their bar at the Brick Lane cocktail week village, as it's probably the only one that looks like a real beach getaway, with real sand, sunlight heaters, a 360-degree bamboo bar, and even virtual reality headsets for proper escape from the city.
When: Until Sunday 13th October
Opening times: 12pm-11pm Thurs-Sat, 12pm-7pm Sun
Getting there: 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street/Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Price: Each cocktail £6, with a London Cocktail Week wristband
Best for: New cocktail bars in London
The vibe: Colourful drinks, in noir-ish surroundings.
Need to know: The Cocktail Trading Co team have gone dark and gritty for their latest venture, Fitzrovia cocktail bar, Murder Inc. As the name would suggest, the bar has a bit of a vintage gangster feel, with 1940s & 50s decor inspired by industrial New York, meets mid-century glamour (and a slight nod to Soho's own criminal past, back in the day).
The drinks carry on the theme, with darkly humorous (and completely delicious) cocktails like Death In The Afternoon (an on-tap blend of Pernod Absinthe, agave-ginger sherbet and Moët Champagne) and Diablo II (Patron Silver, salted galangal, cassis, rooibos beer and demonic overtones) on the menu.
Opening times: Thu-Sat - 4.30pm-1.30am, Mon-Wed - 4.30pm-11.30pm, Closed Sun
Getting there: 36 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1UP
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
The Alchemist - Old Street
The vibe: A new home for the theatrical cocktail specialists
Need to know: They do cocktails a bit differently at The Alchemist. Specialists in sophisticated molecular mixology, with more than a touch of theatre, they've even dabbled in high-tech "augmented reality" drinks experiences. So they'll be sure to fit right in with the neighbours at their new Old Street branch, right by "Silicon Roundabout". It's a great shout for post-work drinks with a difference.
Opening times: Mon-Thu – 8am–11.30pm, Fri – 8am–Midnight, Sat – 10am–Midnight, Sun – 10am–11:30pm
Getting there: 145 City Road, EC1V 1LP
Nearest tube: Old Street
Best for: Brunch in London
Arepa & Co's Pachanga brunch
The vibe: Bottomless brunch, with a Venezuelan spin
Need to know: Bored of pancakes for brunch? You need to try a cachapa! The corn pancakes are just one of the Venezuelan-style spins on brunch classics for Bethnal Green restaurant Arepa & Co's new brunch menu, featuring in 'the stack' (where they're served with gouda, raclette, cheddar and ham, sugar cane syrup and a free range egg). Other highlights include Desayuno Criollo - a take on a ‘full English’ (scrambled eggswith sofrito, shredded beef, creamy black beans, ripe plantains, cheese, and a choice ofarepa (a delicious corn bread, which just happens to be gluten-free) or cachapa, or the avocado toast-inspired Avocado Sunrise (an arepa topped withavocado, chilli, spicy salsa verde and a handful of peppery rocket).
There will also be South American-style cocktails on offer, like Guarapita (gold rum, orange liqueur, passion fruit and sugar canelemonade), and the Caracas Old Fashioned (homemade spiced rum, honey bitters andsyrup). You can even enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless cocktails or bubbles for just an extra £20pp.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Serving times: 12pm-4pm
Getting there: Arepa & Co. 254 Paradise Row, E2 9LE
Nearest tube: Bethnal Green
Essential weekend information
Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.
We've also pulled together a list of the city's best riverside pubs and bars, or for something a little cosier, the best pubs with open fires. (And a list of 28 things to do in London when it rains, just in case).
For all the latest news and travel information, visit the Transport for London website.
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