Whether you’re pining for Paris or have a taste for Tokyo, you needn’t leave the Big Smoke (or zone 2 for that matter) to sample some of the world’s finest tipples. London Cocktail Week, which runs between October 1-7, brings some of the world’s best cocktail bars to the Capital, to take over some well-known venues and show off their signature tipples. Food and drink writer Angela Hui rounds up the takeover events that you won’t want to miss.
What happens when a Russian, a Japanese and a Greek walk into the bar? In this case, one of LCW’s most enticing parties, that’s what. Yes, this event features three bartenders from three of the world’s best bars, and spans three floors of the swanky St Martins Lane Hotel. Each bartender will be presenting a signature cocktail made with Patrón Tequila, proving the best things really do come in threes.
The Napoleon Hotel, 9 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS, October 2 | 6pm – late | Free Entry
Santiago meets Shoreditch at this Alice and Wonderland-inspired speakeasy cocktail bar. Look forward to a Latin America-inspired evening of drinking and dancing, with outrageously good Pisco cocktails and a playlist crammed with Salsa, Reggaeton and tropical beats. The Latin tunes finish at 9.30, though the party continues until 3am.
Looking Glass Cocktail Club, 49 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NX, October 5 | 7pm – 9.30pm | Free Entry. (£6 cocktails)
Hop to it! For one night only, one of the best bars in the world – The Dead Rabbit – is taking over the bar at Bethnal Green’s Irish boozer, The Sun Tavern. This is your chance to sample their famous whiskey-laden drinks such as Irish coffee and a pistachio, curry leaf, chartreuse whiskey invention called The Lone Oak. Sláinte!
The Sun Tavern, 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN, October 2 | 6pm – 1am | Free Entry. (£6 cocktails)
Ain’t no party like a Schmucks party! Prepare for a raucous evening ahead, as the lads from Spanish bar Two Schmucks take up residence at everyone’s favourite meat joint, Hawksmoor. Expect plenty of mind-boggling concoctions that put twists on the classics, think Bitter Butter Bourbon and Curry Colada.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157a Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ, October 2 | 5.30pm – late | Free Entry. (£6 cocktails)
Buckle up and embark on a multi-sensory ride with the Diplomatico gang. Here, you’ll broaden your rum horizons and discover some of the finest rum pairings in the world, while learning how different senses can affect your drinking experience. Trust us: this is a feast for all the senses.
TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8AA, October 3 | 8.30pm – 10pm | £14 includes all tastings, a cocktail on arrival and discount in the TT Liquor bottle shop.
Say bonjour to the innovative Parisian bar Le Syndicat, which is popping up at the hidden hotspot Experimental Cocktail Club for a three-night stint. With a bespoke all-French spirits menu, chilled out vibes and retro hip-hop playlists, you’ll want to settle in here for a full session – good job, then, that ECC stays open ’til 1am.
Experimental Cocktail Club, 13a Gerrard St, London, W1D 5PS, October 2 and October 4 | 6pm – 1am | Free Entry. (£6 cocktails)
Pay homage to the Far East and get a taste for the finer things in life – namely, Japanese Scotch whisky. What sets Chivas Regal Mizunara apart is that it’s aged in unique Japanese Mizunara oak barrels, which provides pear, orange and caramel notes. Master Blender Kenta Honjo from Sky Bar at Restaurant CELLY in Tokyo joins forces with the SHOCHU bar team to bring you special one-off drinks.
SHOCHU at ROKA, 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR, October 4 | 5.30pm – 9.30pm | £5