Are you ready for London’s booziest week of the year? From 5-11 October, The London Cocktail Week Village will be taking over Old Spitalfields Market with over 30 unique pop-up bars, trucks, vans, even bicycles and a central bar hosted by the award winning Mr Lyan.
All will be serving up bespoke drinks specially created to encourage hand-on tastings, chances to meet the faces behind the famous brands and discover more about your favourite cocktails alongside street food, great music and a fabulous festival atmosphere!
The Market is completely free entry and all visitors are invited to enjoy the delicious drinks on offer, although each pop-up will also be serving a menu of £5 signature serves only available to those wearing a London Cocktail Wristband.
If you haven’t grabbed your wristband yet you can get one for £10 here.
Alongside The London Cocktail Week Village, there are also 275 fantastic bars stretching right across the city, each serving £5 cocktails to those wearing wristbands.
With so much going on, here’s our “What’s Hot” Guide.……
24 Hour Bar Build
A stone’s throw from the London Cocktail Week Village, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands and Patrón Tequila will bring the 24 Hour Bar Build, flying 24 of the world’s best bartenders into London to host a 24-hour international bar clash and crown one city The World’s Best. Some of the most prestigious bars from New York, Paris, Singapore and London will be united under one roof for the first time. The four city teams will be tasked with developing a cutting-edge new cocktail bar concept. From designing the space to leading the physical build and inventing an inspiring new cocktail list, creating a social media buzz and then it’s down to you to decide! Enjoy all four bars as the cream of the cocktail world pit themselves against one another!
Buffalo Bourbon Empire
An exciting return from previous years pop ups is the Buffalo Bourbon Empire. Taste some of the world’s greatest whiskey whilst they transport you to the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Whether you’re learning how to make your favourite cocktails, sample the highly anticipated Antique collection, watching the hilarious award winning comedy due ‘The Thinking Drinkers’ who will be taking you on a journey through American whiskey drinking and sampling the Buffalo Trace range along the way or just sitting back and relaxing with some sublime drinks, there is a little bit of something for everyone.
Art of Blending with Chivas Regal
Chivas have been carefully selecting and blending whiskies since 1801 and this London Cocktail Week you can get an insight into the skill of a Master Blender. Popping up in The LCW Village, you can attend their Art of Blending experience and leave with your very own unique blend! Drop in and join a session while you’re in the market – or get ahead and book in your slot with the link above.
DIY Cocktail Classics with Absolut
With the pioneering creation of flavoured vodkas like Absolut Citron and Absolut Peppar, contemporary cocktail serves such as the Cosmo and the Bloody Mary became staples of the bar menu, and favoured classics forever more. Rico Dynan, Absolut Vodka Brand Ambassador, invites you to discover all there is to know about your favourite tipple. Choose your session based on your favourite Absolut Classic.
The strictly limited –edition fruit collaboration between the world-renowned Chase Distillery and acclaimed restaurateurs Pizza Pilgrims will reside at London Cocktail Week for the very first time.
Pococello will park its dedicated ape on site, serving the very best limoncello made using the purest Amalfi lemons blended with England’s finest spirit. Pococello will be the only limoncello in the village, treating discerning drinkers to ice cold shots, Pococello Tonic and the dangerously tasty Pococello Granitas.
There will also be a lemon themed game that you can play for prizes!!