The Handbook
The Handbook

Whilst we could insert various puns here about cocktail making, shaking things up and drinking, we know that all you care about are cocktails and so we’ll leave you in peace to peruse this coveted cocktail guide that we’ve put together in homage of the terrifically wonderful London Cocktail Week.

P.s. The week runs from Friday 4th until Sunday 13th of October, and all ya need to do is grab a £10 Festival Pass now to the biggest cocktail celebration in the world to enjoy £6 cocktails in 300 bars. We couldn’t write about all 300 bars, obvs, but here are some of our favourites (The Iris Bar at The Gherkin and Robata aren’t included in the £6 deal but have some cracking cocktails prepped for LCW)

 

The Iris Bar At The Gherkin

Are you a fan of gherkins? Good, because we’ve got one for you and it’s housing a whole load of £8 cocktails for Cocktail we… Oh, sorry, cocktail MONTH!

Oui madame, the Gherkin doesn’t do things in half measure and are planning to turn a week into a month with their darling cocktail offerings at the Iris Bar which, might we add, is at the very top of the Gherkin… views for days! Running until the 31st of October, enjoy Aperol Spritz, Gherkin Spritz and Negroni Spritz for £8. Awesome!

Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm

Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
Website: www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

The Perception at W London

Kiki do you love me?

Ooft, The Perception at W London is serving up a gorgeous KIKI cocktail for London Cocktail Week, twinkling with elderflower spritz, St Germain, Pedrino Vermouth and tonic spritz. If you don’t see it at W you’ll certainly see it on your insta feeds. Deeeelicious!

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

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Gillray’s Bar isn’t one to miss out on a bit of cocktail action. This year, they’re shaking things up with some bespoke serves for £6 – all you need is a super cool LCW Digital Pass! Plus, if you’re ready to let the good times beGIN… then enjoy three exclusive gorgeous, pretty-in-pink gin-based cocktails that the Gillray’s team have rustled up. 

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Website: www.gillrays.com

The Palm Court

Surrounding yourself in Gatsby-esque Art Deco elegance in The Palm Court and do London Cocktail Week the classiest way poss! For £6, you’ll sip on the Flamingo Club which combines an eclectic combo of Beefeater Gin, Campari, egg white, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice and Orjeat syrup.

Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, The Palm Court Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Website: www.palmcourtlondon.co.uk

Smith & Whistle

Smith & Whistle yourself this way for a Spiced & Twisted delight that has our taste buds a’tingling! Yes, Smith & Whistle has launched a super tasty spiced rum, aromatised wine, Campari and ginger delight that has all sorts of autumnal vibes attached to it. It’s topped with bergamot and rosemary foam and available at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Whatcha waiting for?

Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, W1J 7BX
Website: www.smithandwhistle.com

The Franklin

Who’s up for some glamour on the rocks? We certainly are, so we’re headed to The Franklin Bar for a sensory journey that includes delicious tipples galore – would you expect anything else? Basically, duo Filippo Tacchi and Luca Milesi are inviting guests down to sample a heady mix of wordless mixes, including The Mont Blanc, Exotic Passion and Pantone of the Year.

This Knightsbridge venue oozes allure, and transports guests to a glamorous setting huddled away from the sound of the street. Ingredients are diverse and creative, including the refreshing Pantone of the Year, served in a graceful flute, presenting a refreshing non-alcoholic blend of Grenadine, grapefruit and grapefruit tonic.

From Friday 4th – Sunday 13th October

Where: 24 Egerton Gardens, Chelsea, SW3 2DB
Website: www.starhotelscollezione.com

D&D South Place hotel www.jamesbedford.com

South Place Hotel

Join South Place for a terrific old time on a terrace as they offer up some awesome London Cocktail Week masterclasses. We’re talking an Angler X Talisker Wild Cocktail masterclass with Tanqueray No.Ten and a Gin Jungle that’ll appeal to the gin connoisseur masses and whisky fiends worldwide.

Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Sea Containers London

Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake-a Shake It!

Pop down to Sea Containers for a razzmatazz of cocktail cacophony that includes a takeover at Lyaness where a Circle Fizz featuring Patron will be whipped up for the whole week. Uh-oh, sounds like we’re going to have to slurp a few of those down…

Plus, in the same building (yippee), 12th Knot are catering to every cocktail lover with three fab cocktails. The one we’ve got our eye on is the Sanshool, a long drink with fruity notes and a tongue-tingling finish. We’re en route…

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

Robata

It’s all in the name at this snazzy Soho spot. ROBATA, new(ish) to Soho, seeks to pop Asian flair on par with 21st century creativity using its robata charcoal cooking methods, championing sharing plates and their famed robata skewers. And, why not join them for a cocktail alongside some epic food this LCW?

We’re talking sake-based cocktails that’ll whet the palette for some awesome skewers, from a Sake Mojito with Sawanotsuru sake, jasmine syrup, lime juice and mint leaves, to the Ume Ocha with Umeshu plum sake, pineapple juice, peach liqueur and Sakura tea foam. Our mouths are literally watering! And, as three is most definitely not a crowd, there’ll be a lip-smacking Umetini with Roku gin, Umeshu plum sake and orange bitters. This nifty little spot knows a thing or two about sake, so if that ruffles your feathers then ROBATA is the one!

Where: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4UE, UK
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.3 miles)
Website: www.robata.co.uk

Fitz's Bar

Kimpton Fitzroy aren’t letting LCW pass by lightly. Oh, no. They’ve pulled out all the stops with a decadent drinking experience like no other at their Fitz’s bar! Picture this; live music will be the soundtrack to your sipping on Friday 4th of October as Kimpton Fitzroy collaborate with award-winning New York bar Katana Kitten and, on the 6th of October, gin brand Stranger & Sons, to flood tables with an eclectic array of coveted cocktails.

On the Friday (4th), innovative Japanese-inspired cocktails will be the order of the evening, with Katana Kitten’s legendary Masahiro Urushido and Fitz’s Sean Fennelly getting playful with their creations which include Hebi Kami’ Ahus Akvavit, a light-hearted riff on a ‘Snakebite & Black’ and Katana Kitten’s infamous ‘Umami Situation’, a bizarre, delicious dish-cum-cocktail theatrically prepared tableside from sake, salted lemon and Atlantic prawn heads.

And, if you’re still feeling ballsy after a busy Friday enjoying Fitz’s tipples then head down again on Sunday 6th October as they present The Queens, The Pickle & The Police, as Indian gin company Stranger & Sons rustle up a perfume stall where guests will smell the perfumes and identify the style of drink and fragrance notes that they will be able to experience at the bar.

Well, we’re positively thirsty and positively hungry and plan on heading down to Fitz’s to sort this out!

Where: The Corner Of Guilford Street and Russell Square, WC1B 5BE
Website: Cocktails This Way...

Sofitel London St James

The St James Bar at Sofitel London St James is a decadent dream come true, and makes for a lively spot away from madding crowds to enjoy a cocktail this LCW! The intimate space is ushering you in to indulge in a cocktail made specifically for the week named the Roku Daime, with Roku Gin, homemade cherry syrup infused with green tea & apricot, lemon juice, cherry soda!

Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Website: www.sofitelstjames.com

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