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October 2017 / Food & Drink / by Jackie Barber

Mixing it up

Pictures: DrinkUp.London and Merkaki

London Cocktail Week is back from 2nd-8th October to celebrate the great and good of the city’s cocktail scene.  For just £10, the week-long Digital Pass will get you access to bespoke £6 cocktails in more than 250 of the best bars in London.  The whole festival lives on your phone in the DrinkUp.London app, where you can search for bars to visit, view each bar’s signature drink and flash your Digital Pass for your £6 cocktails. 

There’s even an entire Cocktail Village at Old Spitalfields Market! An immersive maze of pop-up cocktail bars, experiences and food vendors in every shape and size, from barrels to bicycles.  Bartenders will be serving up their signature £6 cocktails, as well as chances to sample new products and fill up on food pairings. Tickets cost £10, but to avoid the queues, advance tickets are available for a small fee of £5 per session to Digital Pass holders.


















So, just what sort of delish cocktails can you hope to sample during London Cocktail Week?

Originally from Athens, The Clumsies, rated the 9th best bar in the world, will be popping up to show off their new cocktail menu at Meraki, London’s own Greek epicentre. With their next level creativity and innovative techniques this menu is sure to blow your mind! Cocktails include Nostalgia, a smooth blend of Pineapple Zacapa23 rum, Crafted Biscuit Rum, Nostalgia Elixir, Otto’s Athens Vermouth and Childhood bitters, and Phantasmagoria, a sweet combo of Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve Whisky, Mead, Apple Soda and Salted Caramel. Free entry/£6 cocktails. 3rd-4th October, from 6.00pm. Great Titchfield Street, W1W









Searcys St Pancras will show you how to pimp your G&T at this one-off masterclass with Willem Barentsz gin. In just 30 minutes you’ll be talked through the botanicals commonly found in gin, and how they work together to create this delicious and distinct tasting spirit. Discover if you’re a savoury, sweet or bitter kind of person and select the specially chosen dry botanicals to add to your G&T to make it truly yours.  Tickets cost £5 which includes a full sized Copa glass of your bespoke G&T, as well as a goodie bag to take home. 6th October, 6.30-7.00pm. St Pancras International Station, N1C

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites and Residences have launched a new ‘Royal Family’ inspired cocktail menu, with each delectable drink inspired by a member of the monarchy.  The cocktails range from the Prince Henry of Wales – encapsulating Prince Harry’s cheeky nature with an infusion of rum, schnapps and fresh ginger – to The Duchess, a sophisticated mix of Chai-infused rum, lychee and star anise. The menu also includes two delicately crafted mocktails; The Bonny Price, a refreshing blend of apple juice, elderflower and lemon, and The Little Princess, a mixture of seasonal berries, orange, cucumber and fresh mint. 

London Cocktail Club is a speakeasy bar hidden behind an ‘Apothecary Off-License’ shopfront with a cocktail pharmacy theme. It’s loud, extrovert and unashamedly awesome! Their signature £6 cocktail is a Georgia Julep, a feisty mix of Jim Bean Double Oak, fresh mint, angostura bitter and peach syrup. Free entry. Essex Road, London, N1 8LX

There’s a Secret Breakfast Club taking place at Magpie…whiskey for breakfast, anyone? Breakfast of champions we say! Try a Bloody Mary or a Morning Glory Fizz to get the day started with a bang.   2nd – 6th October, 8.00am-10.30am. Reservations required. Free entry/Talisker cocktails £6. Heddon Street, W1B

Drop in to the Happiness House Party with Happiness Forgets, one of the world’s 50 best bars. This London Cocktail Week, they’re welcoming you to a nostalgic ‘90s house party. Hang out with good friends, good music and make yourself at home with cocktails curated specially for the house. 4th October. Session 1: 20.00-22.00, Session 2: 22.30-00.30. Tickets cost £30 per person. For tickets email reservations@happinessforgets.com. The Suite at The Ace Hotel, Shoreditch High Street, E1