Your Guide to London Cocktail Week 2019

Billie Manning

For this year's London Cocktail Week - its 10th anniversary - we bring you the ultimate guide to a week of shaking and stirring. Read on to find out where to go and what to do for the best of the bellinis, the cream of the caipirinhas, and the pick of the piña coladas. This year, the event is spread over a full 10 days, including two weekends, so there'll be plenty of time for celebrating. Download the app (DrinkUp.London) and get boozing.

Get lost in The Cocktail Village on Brick Lane
The biggest event of London Cocktail Week, and its main hub, is The Cocktail Village. Set up in Brick Lane, it sounds pretty extravagant - travel the world while staying in the East End as you hop between beaches and gardens, smoke houses and saunas, take a ride on a boozy carousel (maybe before you've sunk too many cocktails) and visit a Japanese Izakaya alley where you can pick up some tasty treats. Somewhere within all of this fun you will find 40 pop-up bars where cocktails, of course, are the name of the game. You'll have to have a LCW festival pass (£10) to enter.

Aside from the Cocktail Village, there will be tons of quirky bars popping up across London. Much to the delight of gin enthusiasts and those under 5'3”, popping up at 9 French Place in Hackney from 4-6 October will be the Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini Bar, where internationally renowned mixologists will stage a succession of takeovers, pouring up six different teeny-tiny martinis for you to taste. The martinis won't be the only itsy-bitsy part of the night, either: guests will be greeted at the door by none other than a pygmy goat, before going through to the baa – I mean, bar. 

Fancy learning from a professional mixologist so you can take some amazing shaking and stirring skills home? After these masterclasses you won't be making any more sad rum and cokes at home. If you have a wild side, indulge in a Wild Cocktail Masterclass from Talisker, where you'll learn all about the whisky, wild ingredients and their origins before learning how you can make these at home. 

There are a wealth of bars taking part in London Cocktail Week this year - more than 300 - including 10 bars which have taken part every single year since the festival's inception. One of these is El Camion, a Mexican restaurant with delicious cocktails and a naughty late-night dive bar in the basement, and another is the pink-covered Insta dream Bourne & Hollingsworth, a small but perfectly formed cocktail bar tucked just off Oxford Street. At all of these bars you can get a special cocktail for just £6 by flashing your special LCW pass - at El Camion you can try an eye-popping black espresso martini.

Find more details about London Cocktail Week here

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