London Cocktail Week is a seven day festival celebrating the great and good of the city’s cocktail scene, including the bars and brands which make up this vibrant landscape as well as the best mixed drinks available. Taking place in October each year the festival hosts events, discounted serves and exclusive offers. All you need to get involved is a wristband.
Our next festival is October 3rd-9th 2016.
To get involved in the festivities you will need to wear a wristband; which cost £10 and are available to buy online. We encourage festival-goers to register in advance, although wristbands can also be purchased from one of our hubs which open on the first day of each festival. To access the discounts and offers all you have to do is show the bar staff your wristband. Essentially it’s your key to the city for the whole week, making you a part of the festival.
We partner with over 200 bars for London Cocktail Week, all of whom serve a £5 cocktail for wristband wearers. There is one discounted drinks available in each venue and you can see what bars are serving online and in our guidebook – which you get for free when you collect your wristband. It’s a great chance to visit a new bar and try a new cocktail, spirit or flavour without hitting your bank balance.
Pick an aream pick a spirit, pick a style of cocktail - whatever it is that you love or want to discover more about and start your tour. All the cocktails are made with premium spirits, fresh ingredients and are crafted by London's best bartenders, so there's really no wrong way of journeying around town to try the drinks. Get a taste of summer fun with rum-based tiki cocktails, sip on Martiniz like a spy or do a Mad Men and fall in love with boozy bourbon drinks.
We announce our partner bars two months before the festival – which means by late August we'll have more to tell you. Check back here then to see which bars you can visit in October 2016 for discounted serves.
London Cocktail Week is about more than just about exploring the bars. Every year we, together with our partners, host fun and engaging events. This could be masterclasses, distillery tours, parties, tastings or paired meals. Want to learn how vodka is made? How to taste drinks like an expert? How to pair cocktails with food? How to make your favourite drinks? Or just meet loads of fun Londoners and drink delicious cocktails with them? There’s an event for everyone, amateur to expert.
Our event timetable is put online one month before the festival so be sure to check back regularly and see what’s happening.
The hub is the home of our festival, it’s where you collect your wristband, plan your week out with the help of our amazing team of volunteers and enjoy delicious cocktail serves. London Cocktail Week 2015 had two hubs, one based in the thriving streets of Soho, with a pop-up Hub moments walk from Oxford Circus, the World Class London Cocktail Week Hub on Poland Street. The second was based in east London at Old Spitalfields Market. Here we took over the entire market and constructed a pop-up cocktail village complete with bars, food trucks and music.We’ll soon be announcing where London Cocktail Week 2016 will be making its home. Check back soon!
A handful of our partner bars go one step further than a £5 serve and put together a unique offer for wristband wears. This could be anything from a cocktail and paired desserts to a complete meal. Our offers go online two months before our festival. Check back here then to get those mouths watering.