Going Sober For October? Here’s What To Drink When You’re Not Drinking

Food & Drink
2nd October 2023
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London is a sea of craft beer, flavoured gins and tasty cocktails. But if you’re wanting to stay off the sauce for Sober October, social situations in this city can be tricky to navigate. Whether you’re doing it for health reasons, to save money, or to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, we’ve compiled our pick of the best bars in the city to help you ditch the drink and swap your cocktail for a mocktail.

From Espresso Marti-nos to tropical teetotal tipples, here’s what to drink in London when you’re not drinking.

Sober October: 21 Delicious Mocktails To Try In London

Punch Room at The London EDITION

Punch Room at The London EDITION has made non-alcoholic cocktails an integral part of their latest menu, ‘LIGHTS’. The innovative menu split into three chapters – Opaque, Translucent and Transparent – and a non-alcoholic option can be found at the beginning of each chapter that’s been given just as much love and attention as the alcoholic serves. 

Each cocktail is named after a light phenomenon around the world, and non-alcoholic serves are named Calima Punch, Southern Lights Punch, and Tatra Cloud Punch.

Where: 10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP

Website: www.editionhotels.com

Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese

Through fascinating flavour combinations and cutting-edge mixology, Velvet at Corinthia London is redefining the roaring twenties in modern times – an era where joy, opulence, indulgence, celebration and joie de vivre took centre stage. From the bar team’s Gucci ties to their pristine Calabrese cocktail glasses, you can expect five-star service and meticulous precision given to every drink. 

The mocktails here are every bit as exceptional as the real deal. We love the Piano, made with pistachio orgeat, pressed coconut water and ginger bug; and the Trumpet, with pear, pineapple tepache, London Essence roasted pineapple, and lime juice.

Where: 10 Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD

Website: www.corinthia.com

GŎNG Bar

Known for its spectacular views and killer cocktails, we’re not surprised that GŎNG Bar also has some incredible non-alcoholic options.

If you’re partial to a sparkling cocktail, you’ll want to get your hands on the Reglia, incorporating Divino Bianco, lavender, mahleb, timur berry and 0% sparkling wine.

Known for its spectacular views and killer cocktails.

Where: Level 52, Shangri-La The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU

Website: www.gong-shangri-la.com

The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

Head down to One Adlwych this Sober October where they have a range of mocktails from their brand new Gallery Menu to quench your thirst. The menu is a reflection of their private collection of contemporary art pieces from incredible British Artists and international rising stars that reside in the Lobby Bar. 

Both the cocktails and the artworks are original and modern, and the depth and breadth of the curation is impressive. Our favourite is the refreshing Carrot Fizz, made with Lyre’s Italian Spritz, Carrot Cordial, Orange, Ginger, Lemon, and Prosecco Zero. Yum!

Where: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

Website: www.onealdwych.com

The Lanesborough

The Garden Room at The Lanesborough is a brilliant autumnal spot to enjoy a mocktail or two. This October, an innovative menu of non-alcoholic cocktails has been specially designed to replicate the look and taste of some of the hotel’s most iconic drinks. Four new mocktails mimic the complex flavours of familiar favourites. 

Try the Garden 75 – a recreation of the timeless French 75 – made with Supasawa citrus, Gomme, and sparkling Jasmine tea, served in a classic Lanesborough crystal Champagne flute with a floral garnish. Another highlight is the Negroni Zero, a mix of Tanqueray 0.0, Martini Vibrante, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, Fluere Bitter, and droplets of oak smoke bitters. Creatively concocted healthy alternatives without compromising on flavour.

Where: Duke of Wellington Pl, London SW1X 7TA

Website: www.oetkercollection.com

The Franklin

This gorgeous hotel is home to a lovely cocktail bar, which of course means it’s home to some excellent mocktails too. Their immersive cocktail menu, The Franklin Grand Tour, will drive guests to discover Italy through its most iconic flavours and products. A taste adventure awaits you from the Alps and the hills of Tuscany, to the Eternal City and islands. And the best bit is the menu features four unique mocktails too. 

If you’re after a tropical, refreshing hit, try the Lecce, concocted of Lyre’s Italian Orange, Rosemary Syrup, Lemon Juice, and Franklin Almond & Pineapple Soda. We also love the sound of the Campobasso, made with Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar Shrub, Lemon Juice, and Franklin Lemonade.

WHERE: 24 EGERTON GARDENS, LONDON SW3 2DB

WEBSITE: WWW.COLLEZIONE.STARHOTELS.COM

Straits Bar

If you’re taking part in Sober October, are the designated driver of the evening, or you just fancy a night off from drinking, the Asian-inspired menu at Straits Bar is an elegant, sophisticated choice for enjoying a sober October, with one of London’s most extensive non-alcoholic cocktail lists.

Try a refreshing inventions across a rainbow of colours and flavours, including a spicy Guava Mary made with guava juice, lime juice, salt, fresh chili, mint and celery; and a fruity yet smoky Berry Sensation made with Seedlip Spice, lemon juice, blackberry syrup, cranberry juice and soda water. For Negroni lovers who are off the booze, there’s the brilliant Not Negroni alternative to mirror the flavours of the classic, made with Everleaf Marine aperitif, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso and Lyre’s Italian Spritz topped with rosemary, black olives and tonic water.

Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB

Website: www.panpacific.com

Dalloway Terrace

The place to for all-day drinking and dining the most stunning of surroundings, Dalloway Terrace has a delicious selection of non-alcoholic cocktails on their menu, too.

For those wanting a refreshing alternative to alcohol, there’s the ‘Rose & Jasmine’ – a mocktail made with Everleaf Mountain, Neal’s Yard Remedies organic rose-infused cordial, and London Essence white peach and jasmine soda. Or try the ‘Pomelo & Cardamom’ with Ami Ami (an alcoholic free spirit with hints of citrus and a kick of caffeine) and London Essence pomelo and pink peppercorn toni

Where: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

Website: www.dallowayterrace.com c.

Where: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

Website: www.dallowayterrace.com

Hithe + Seek

Hithe + Seek’s mocktails prove that you don’t always need an alcoholic beverage to quench your thirst. 

On the menu, you’ll find a range non-alcoholic cocktails that pack a punch, from the fruity EC4V Spritz, to a zesty London Garden Fizz. Enjoy as you take in views of the Thames.

Quench your thirst as you take in views of the Thames.

Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD

Website: www.hitheandseek.com

St Martin’s Lane

Sober October needn’t look boring. Just head to St Martin’s Lane for a buzzing night in a stunning location.

Try the Sticky Pineapple – alcohol-free mix of cranberry, pineapple, caramel and lime – or go for a refreshing Singapore with orange, lime, raspberries , agave, and mint.

Where: 45 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4HX

Website: www.book.ennismore.com

Kindred

Right next to Hammersmith station is Kindred – the West London space focused on community and human connection across their coworking space, event calendar, and excellent food and drink. 

They have a range of tempting non-alcoholic cocktails for teetotallers. For a fruity number, try the Arched Breeze, a mix of Sea Arch Coastal non-alcoholic juniper ‘spirit’, cranberry juice, and pomelo and pink peppercorn tonic.

A range of tempting non-alcoholic cocktails for teetotallers.

Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline St, London W6 9BW

Website: www.wearekindred.com

The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch

Not only is The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch the place to go for California-chic décor and panoramic views of East London, it’s also the perfect spot to do Sober October in style with the delicious Spiced Pineapple Spritz, made with Seedlip Grove 42, Spiced pineapple syrup, and soda.

California-chic décor and panoramic views.

Where: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ

Website: www.onehundredshoreditch.com

The Gin Palace

This place always delivers when it comes to gin (the clue’s in the name), and their new ‘in bloom’ craft cocktail menu delivers on the flavour front, too. The menu includes non-alcoholic cocktails inspired by Covent Garden through the ages, from its origins as an orchard, to a flower market, through to the vibrant quarter we see today.

For those who want a non-alcoholic option, the ‘For the Driver’ cocktail is a perfect go-to, incorporating Seedlip Spice with Franklin & Sons Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water with Bergamot, served with a pink grapefruit wedge.

Where: 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ

Website: www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk

Meraki Bar

Just one sip of Meraki’s Greek God themed non-alcoholic cocktail menu, and you’re bound to think these carefully crafted mocktails are the real deal. Try delicious delights like the Hestias Hibiscus Lemonade, made with homemade hibiscus syrup, fresh lemon juice, fresh mint and soda water; or the Demeters Excotic Field with passionfruit, blood peach, pineapple, lime juice, homemade chilli syrup and fresh pineapple juice.

Fancy another? The Meraki mixologists will prepare a bespoke non-alcoholic creation to suit your tastes.

You're bound to think these carefully crafted mocktails are the real deal.

Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 7QT

Website: www.meraki-restaurant.com

nhow

If you’re steering away from the booze this month, you can still have a good time at nhow London thanks to their excellent mocktail menu. Created with care and consideration, these mocktails taste as good as the real deal.

We love the Tutti Fruity with orange juice, cranberry juice, lime and lemonade; or try the classic Virgin Mojito for some zesty non-alcoholic sipping.

Where: 2 Macclesfield Rd, London EC1V 8DG

Website: www.nhow-hotels.com

The Bar At The Athenaeum

Here to offer you a helping hand during Sober October is The Athenaeum with their two special non-alcoholic cocktails which don’t compromise on taste.

For a zesty number, try their Yuzu & Grapefruit Sour, a delightful blend of Sipsmith Freeglider, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, vanilla, ginger syrup and foam. Or, try the super-refreshing Green Park Cooler with Seedlip Garden, apple, lime, and mint topped off with soda.

Where: 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ

Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

Rake’s Cafe Bar

For those going sober this October (or those that are all year round), Rake’s Cafe Bar has just the non-alcoholic option for you.

Choose between their Exotic Escape (Seedlip garden 108, passionfruit, coconut, soda, tonic) or Designated Driver (Seedlip spice, peach, lime, sugar, chives, ginger ale) and join the party whilst staying smug that you’ll be waking up the next day feeling fresh.

Where: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN

Website: www.rakescafebar.co.uk

12th Knot

If you’re steering away from the booze this month, you can still have a great time at 12th Knot, Sea Containers’ vibrant rooftop bar and terrace. 

From the Mermaid’s Kiss with rose, jasmine tea, Atopia citrus and aromatic tonic; to the Cannonball with chilli and grapefruit cordial, Atopia rhubarb and ginger, and spiced ginger ale, these teetotal drinks will have you converted in no time.

These teetotal drinks will have you converted.

 

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Where: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD

Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

Eataly

Getting sober curious this October? Eataly’s Terra Bar has a tasty selection of botanical non-alcoholic cocktails that will satisfy all your cocktail cravings.

Options include the Conte Astemio – a refreshing, bittersweet blend of apple juice, cucumber, spiced cider reduction, lemon juice, and Chinotto, served tall on the rocks.

Where: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD

Website: www.eataly.co.uk

Great Fosters

For those looking for a non-alcoholic cocktail option that still packs a flavourful punch, the options at Great Fosters are delicious – not to mention it being the perfect place for a winter wellness break just a stone’s throw from London.

Mocktails include the Strawberry Fizz, made with strawberry purée, fresh lime juice, and rose lemonade, garnished with dehydrated strawberries.

Where: Stroude Rd, Egham TW20 9UR

Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Bread Street Kitchen

Pining for an Espresso Martini but vowed to stay off the booze? Bread Street Kitchen’s alcohol-free Espresso Martini with Lyre’s alcohol-free coffee liqueur will sort out those cravings. 

They also do other teetotal takes on cocktails, including the Lemon Swizzle with lemon, passion fruit, pineapple, mint and a dash of Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemon; and the Virgin Amaretto Sour with Lyre’s Alcohol-Free Amaretti, lemon and egg white.

Where: Multiple Locations 

Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

The SOAK

With its beautiful arched windows and high ceilings, The SOAK is a hidden gem in Victoria where you can sip on the best of the best. There’s a range of expertly crafted cocktails available, as well as a host of refreshing non-alcoholic alternatives to enjoy.

Try the Citrus Punch with fresh lemon, lime, and lemonade for a zesty hit – the perfect balance of sweet and tangy for the ultimate refresher.

Where: Terminus Pl, London SW1W 0RP
Website: www.thesoak.co.uk


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