London Cocktail Week
Words by Difford's Guide
Photography by London Cocktail Week
London's most vibrant, exciting and cocktail-drenched week is nearly ready to kick off. Yes, London Cocktail Week is upon us again and from 4 - 13 October the city will be taken over by drink enthusiasts, bartenders and cocktail lovers alike. From education to expertly mixed creations, LCW 2019 will have it all.
This year marks a landmark anniversary - LCW celebrates their mighty 10th birthday and have extended their annual week-long party to an exciting 10-day celebration.
Digital passes are already on sale at just £10 (complimentary passes are available for those in the trade), which give you access to a range of facilities, discounts and £6 signature cocktails, or £4 non-alc cocktails, in 300 of the city's best bars. And of course, festival passes will offer unlimited entry to The Cocktail Village.
Celebrated throughout London from 4 October until 13 October, the festival will see seminars on mixology, pop-up bars and parties. You can buy, download and activate your pass online here. For more information, simply download the free DrinkUp.London app which provides bar listing information and more for the 10-day event.
The Cocktail Village
Located in the Old Truman Brewery Estate on Brick Lane, The Cocktail Village is back and launches on 9 October. Beaches and gardens, saunas and smoke houses, a Japanese Izakaya alley and a cocktail carousel, this year the party has gone even bigger.
The Cocktail Village will house 40 pop-up bars showcasing bespoke festival cocktails while presenting a number of established as well as emerging brands, including piscos, gins tequilas and whiskies.
Among the highlights are cabaret favourites Sink the Pink providing an evening of entertainment during the festival and a Hip Hop Brunch on 13 October, while Street Feast will offer their popular street food market.
300 of the best bars across the capital will be throwing open their doors to offer bespoke and unlimited £6 cocktails throughout the festival. You'll be able to keep track of your favourites or find the nearest bar offering their Festival Serve through the DrinkUp.London app.
Take a look at all participating bars to see where LCW will take you.
London Cocktail Week will be rammed with a full schedule of events including courses, tastings, drinks experiences, immersive pop-ups and workshops aimed at both members of the drinks trade and cocktail enthusiasts. Click here for the London Cocktail Week events page.