London Cocktail Week: The Best Picks

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke and Lottie Hulme |
1st October 2018

We’re cock-a-hoop for cocktail week. For one week a year we’re inundated with invites and samples, enticing messages and calls to pop down and sample some of London’s best cocktails. Given we live in the epicentre of the world cocktail scene, it’s only right that we spend the week gorging on some of the fabulous creations that London has to offer. Welcome to cocktail week: here’s some of the places we’re going to be hanging out…

The Perception at W London

The Perception at W London

We love The Perception at W London, the Leicester Square bar that boasts the biggest disco ball in all of Europe. As if it couldn’t get any better than that, they’re celebrating London Cocktail Week with a free Makers Mark masterclass for anyone who grabs one of their signature cocktails, the Enjoy The Show. The cocktail, a popcorn-infused Makers Mark bourbon and Coca Cola foam triumph is a hit, but go behind the scenes by ordering a this Wednesday.
Order a signature Enjoy The Show this Wednesday, 3rd September, before 6:30pm and accept the invite to the free masterclass

Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Website: www.theperceptionbar.com

Swingers

Swingers

Swingers, pretty much THE home of crazy golf, will be serving an exclusive, limited edition ‘Anna Pavlova’ cocktail at both their City & West End venues. Priced at a steal at £6 a pop the cocktail is a combo of Zubrowka vodka, apple, lime, egg whites and elderflower. Of course (no pun) it’s best enjoyed over a round of crazy golfing along with a bite from Patty & Bun, Breddos Tacos, Pizza Pilgrims, Made of Dough and Hackney Gelato. What are you waiting FORE!?

Where: 8 Brown’s Buildings, Aldgate, EC3A 8AL
Website: www.swingersldn.com

Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto

High above Regent Street sits Aqua Kyoto, one of London’s most fabulous Japanese restaurants and no shirk when it comes to mixology.  A day in the Countryside ignores the fact that the restaurant and cocktail bar are situated on one of the country’s busiest and most urban streets, combining the tartness of Aperol and the sweetness of bergamot with peach for an autumny cocktail-weeky creation. It’s a combo of Tanqueray gin, Punt E Mes Vermouth, Aperol, peach liqueur and bergamot juice, well worth a pop-in, if only for the fab surroundings.

You can always pop next door to Aqua Nueva for their From Jerez to Clarendon cocktail, or else head to The Shard for cocktails at a height at Aqua Shard where they’ve got a black cherry negroni waiting for you…

Where: 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), Mayfair, W1B 3BR
Website: www.aquakyoto.co.uk

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

The Bar at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences will be stepping up to honour London Cocktail Week by showcasing its Double Bellini Cocktail at just £12. It’s the ideal drink to savour as you take in the hotel’s art deco inspired bar and combines Prosecco, peach puree and topped with peach foam.

Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

Schweppes in the London Eye

Schweppes in the London Eye

Ready to be Schwepped away with a London Eye Flavour adventure for LCW? Us too! This event looks like it’s set to rival the rest as Schweppes have taken over London Eye capsules. The VIP experience starts at County Hall VIP Flavour Lounge where guests sample Schweppes 1783 range, they’ll then jump aboard the London Eye and travel back in time, seeing the city from the eyes of the original alchemist, Jacob Schweppe.

Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th October

Where: Coca-Cola London Eye, SE1 7PB
Website: www.londoneye.com

The Shoreditch Treehouse

The Shoreditch Treehouse

Head to Shoreditch Treehouse and reconnect with nature with The Botanist Gin’s foraging experience. ‘The Foragers Table’ sees top chefs and bartenders create an innovative three-course menu, inspired by urban foraging using ingredients foraged fromparks across the capital. The experience includes a three-course culinary tour of wild London, exploring the flavourful finds that can be foraged in the city and curated by Craig Grozier, renowned Scottish chef, founder of Fallachan and in-house chef for The Botanist Gin. Reconnect with nature this cocktail week.

Where: 34 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PB
Website: Get tickets here

Gazelle

Gazelle

New kids on the block, Gazelle in Mayfair, are offering the English Tickler (which is made from Beefeater pink gin, strawberry honey, lemon juice, white of an egg and soda), as well as the Olive Leaf Martini (Beefeater gin, olive leaf vermouth and olive) for just £6 to anyone holding a London Cocktail Week pass.

Where: 48 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4DH
Website: www.gazelle-mayfair.com

Aster

Aster

Aster, the Scandinavian/French crossover in Victoria, have joined forces with Swedish brand, Absolut Elyx for London Cocktail Week with two special Scandi cocktails. Over the week they’ll be using traditional flavours and spirits for the special cocktails including the Old Negroni of Absolut Elyx vodka, ahus aquavit, amaro averna and anica formula or the Absolut-ly Asterwith Absolut Elyx vodka, ahus aquavit and elderflower cordial.

Where: 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Victoria (0 miles)
Website: www.aster-restaurant.com

Benares Restaurant and Bar

Benares Restaurant and Bar

Benares, in our opinion quite possibly the best Indian restaurant in London have been beavering away on a cocktail for the occasion and have come up with Citrus Blast. Created by Head Bartender, Patrick Sarraillon, it includes Herradura, Benares’ homemade cardamom and fennel sherbet, lime, dashes of orange bitters and tonic lemon.

Where: 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Website: www.benaresrestaurant.com

Bourne & Hollingsworth

Bourne & Hollingsworth

This weekend drinks brand St Germain will be found at brunchers-in-chief Bourne & Hollingsworth. The Fitzrovia hangout will feature a decadent menu served with St-Germain cocktails and sharing platters for London Cocktail Week.

Where: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
Website: www.bandhbuildings.com

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

The Den and 100 Wardour St are getting into the swing of London Cocktail Week with a series of events. Tomorrow (Tuesday) enjoy Paradiso Party, featuring a guest shift from Giacomo Giannotti from Paradiso Barcelona and a mini menu of drinks straight from Barcelona. Wednesday will see them host a Copperhead gin masterclass, followed by DJ Joshua P from A Phat Cat Collective in Singapore and come Thursday it’ll be another masterclass, this time from Rinomato Aperitivo.

Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)
Website: www.100wardourst.com

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea, that venerable King’s Road hangout, have decided to celebrate London Cocktail Week in the company of none other than Johnnie Walker Black. No, not one of the double-barrelled chinless wonders local to the restaurant but the whisky. They’ve come up with a special cocktail made with Johnnie Walker Black, xante, orgeat, ginger & lemongrass cordial, lemon juice, whisky barrel aged bitters and egg whites.

Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Website: www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Andaz London Liverpool Street

Andaz London Liverpool Street

Bloody Mary! Andaz London Liverpool Street’s Eastway Brasserie and Ketel One GB Brand Ambassador Kate Jackson are hosting a Bloody Mary brunch, with a good old London themed menu. Guests will create a Bloody Mary with simple ingredients, fresh herbs and vegetables coupled with World of Zing sauces.

The boozy brunch will be accompanied by live music, the playlist to your ridding of the hangover!

Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October

Where: 40 Liverpool Street, The City, EC2M 7QN
Website: www.drinkup.london

Aperitivo Restyled by Peroni

Aperitivo Restyled by Peroni

Italian beer brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro (yes, Peroni has a fancy middle and surname) will be gracing LCW with their presence, to craft Peroni-infused cocktails. Who would’ve thought?! The experience comes from The House of Peroni and master of mixology Simone Caporale and some of the UK’s best bartending talent have whipped up the ‘Aperitiovo, Restyled By Peroni’ menu for cocktail wristband holders.

3rd-7th of October

Where: The House of Peroni, The Cocktail Village, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
Website: www.thehouseofperoni.com

Drinks at Home - Perfected by Patrón

Drinks at Home - Perfected by Patrón

Patrón Tequila has curated the ultimate cocktail experience, Drinks at Home. Patrón Tequila will take over a secret location and transform it into a Simply Perfect home and cocktail haven where you can learn from some of the most talented bartenders how to mix Patrón cocktails at home.

Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace

The New York Bar inside The Rubens has been busy adding cocktails to their list. Four to be precise, perfectly timed for LCW. The cocktail consist fo coconut Kombucha, elderflower cordial, and Pimms no 1, proving that just because Summer has bid farewell to us, doesn’t mean our love affair with Pimms comes to an end. The fourth cocktail is called The Guard – a nod to Buckingham Palace – using a royal mix of Liquore delle Sirene, Tanqueray gin, Carpano Antica topped off with soda water.

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Website: www.rubenshotel.com

Madison Restaurant

Madison Restaurant

There’s a pop-up coming to Madison Rooftop this cocktail week in the form of one of America’s best bars, The Broken Shaker. Arriving on Tuesday they’ll be bringing their beach vibes with their pop-up oasis, giving guests the chance to enjoy renowned mixes by The Broken Shaker’s very own cocktail connoisseur Bobby Eldridge.

Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Mansion House (0.2 miles)
Website: www.madisonlondon.net

Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross

Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross

A Japanese gin is the main-player in this next cocktail available at Drake and Morgan sites; Tokyo Drift. Some might associate Tokyo Drift with The Fast and Furious film, but it also makes a pretty tasty cocktail too. The tangy mix is made using Roku, distilled using six different Japanese botanicals.

The cocktail is available at Drake and Morgan sites across London

Where: 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras (0.1 miles)
Website: www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Whisky and Ginger Bar

Whisky and Ginger Bar

We usually associate Fever Tree – our favourite tonic, shhh – with gin, right? However this LCW they’ll be popping up with a new Whisky and Ginger bar in the Cocktail Village. Black Rock, the renowned Shoreditch basement bar, will be combining a menu of wonderful whiskies paired with Fever Tree tonic’s range of ginger ales and ginger beer.

Running from the 3rd – 7th October

Website: www.fever-tree.com

Hammer & Tongs

Hammer & Tongs

If I had a hammer… I’d get down to Hammer & Tongs, the Farringdon Road Brai restaurant and bar for the launch of Punch, the sharing punch that’s here just in time for London Cocktail Week, launching on Wednesday. The punch is inspired by South Africa’s flora and traditional flavours.

Where: 171 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3AL, UK
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.4 miles)
Website: www.hammertongs.co.uk

London Essence Company

London Essence Company

The Light House is an immersive light installation, specially commissioned for London Cocktail Week, and will be lighting up along with low calorie cocktails made using London Essence Company’s low calorie mixers with some of the world’s most iconic bartenders. With the likes of Savoy Head bartender Erik Lorincz and The Connaught’s Ago Perrone the installation is a multisensory experience through colour, scent, sight and sound along with cocktails with under 150 calories each. The bespoke 3m x 3m prismatic sculpture, comprised of 150 faceted glass rods injected with intense hues, comes alive when hit with light. The perfect combo.

Where: 5-7 Grape Street, WC2H 8DW
Website: Get tickets here...

Twisted Bar

Twisted Bar

Social media brand ‘Twisted’ has moved from food to cocktails with its first pop-up coming in time for (the end of) London Cocktail Week. Expect some of the most instagrammable cocktails in existence at this online/offline speakeasy experience, hidden underneath Absurd Bird on Shoreditch’s Commercial Street. Get involved as of Thursday when they launch, and make sure your phone’s charged.

Where: Undearneath Absurd Bird, 54 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LT
Website: www.absurdbird.com

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