Soapbox’s guide to London Cocktail Week 201614 min read

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Jonathan Greenstein

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London Cocktail Week is back for its 7th year and is bringing us a 7 day cocktail party from the 3rd to the 9th of October. This celebration of London’s cocktail culture will allow you to taste and try all the capital has to offer. Hosted by DrinkUp.London, the 7 day cocktail showcase will be spread across more than 250 participating bars in London. Week-long festival passes are £10 and can be bought here 

London Cocktail Week’s two homes

The cocktail festival is due to be housed in 2 main locations; The World Class house (Piccadilly Circus) and The London Cocktail Week Village (Old Spitalfield Market). In Drinkup.London’s own words, “At the World Class House experience an exciting new liquid journey unfolding before you, exploring your senses and future trends – with a cocktail in hand of course. Participate in workshops and classes by World Class bartenders and experts, try a range of delicious drinks all made from their premium reserve brands and let the hedonistic immersive pop-up transport you into the unknown. Over at the Cocktail Village you’ll discover an entire market of pop-up bars, trucks, vans, even bicycles all serving up bespoke £5 drinks. There’ll be hands-on masterclasses from brands such as Chivas alongside street food, great music and a fabulous festival atmosphere.”

What will a pass get you?

Well… the £10 pass will ensure you are able to get unlimited £5 cocktails in over 250 of London’s best bars, unlimited entry to the two main hubs (where all cocktails are only £5), a guide book to London’s best cocktail bars as well as other deals and discounts.


Daily festivities

Each day, different pop-ups and events will be taking place across London Cocktail Week. The list below will give you an idea of some of the events going on over London Cocktail Week. Now you have no reason to not have your plan sorted!

Buffalo Bourbon Empire
What is it?


Pop-up – 3rd to 7th October from 17:00-23.30

Hackney House, 25-27 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3L

“Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride…. Well… a few cocktails anyway.

This year, The Buffalo Bourbon Empire returns for its second year in the east! Hackney House plays host, offering some of the finest cocktails in town alongside some of the best whiskeys in the world. Either sit in the lounge sipping on our array of cocktails, or get stuck in and join one of the many bourbon or cocktail masterclasses taking place during the week. We even have something in between, with our dedicated ‘bartender stools’. As usual, we’ll have our award winning range of whiskey’s available, plus a few additions you might not be able to find in many other places… Our team will always be on hand to talk you through the range. All master classes are £10 and include at least one cocktail!”

The Aviation Airport Cocktail Lounge
What is it?


Pop-up – 3rd to 9th October from 17:00-12:00

The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL

“A classic 1930’s American Aviation theme, with several pop up spaces and booths to book out. Enjoy our exclusive menu of Aviation cocktails with a specially designed mocktail if you are the designated pilot. The signature drink will be the Aviation cocktail – which celebrates it’s 100th year this year”

The Blend by Chivas Regal
What is it?


Pop-up – 3rd to 9th October (excluding Wednesday 5th) 14:00-23:00

The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR

“Chivas Regal has been carefully selecting and blending aged Scotch whiskies in the heart of the highlands since 1801. At this pop-up you can discover the art of blending and enjoy a £5 competition-winning cocktail by bartender Chelsie Bailey combining Chivas Regal 12YO, with oriental flavours of tea and ginger to create a refreshing whisky sipper.”


The Fentimans Apothecary
What is it?


Pop-up – 3rd to 9th October 12:00-22:00

Wright Brothers, 8a Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EA

“The courtyard of the Wright Bros restaurant will be transformed in to ‘The Fentimans Apothecary’ with a market side entrance next to the hub of London Cocktail Week. The bar will be filled to the brim with natural botanicals such as those used to make Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages. As part of London Cocktail week ‘The Fentimans Apothecary’ will be offering the ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ cocktail in association with Bombay Sapphire. This bespoke cocktail will be available for just £5 to customers with a London Cocktail Week Festival Pass.”

South Comfort Chicken Trail
What is it?


Tour – 3rd to 9th October – Monday 17:00-21.30, Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-21.30, Sunday 12:00-19:00

The Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EW

“Explore the Southern Comfort Chicken Trail – take a journey around London and experience some of the best southern styled bars and restaurants offering their New Orleans inspired cocktails and food pairings. Start the trail at Southern Comfort Chicken Stop at the LCW Festival in Spitalfields, enjoy a cocktail and some delicious fried chicken – then pick up your trail card and be sure to check in at each stop including Ninth Ward, Barnyard, Bodean’s and more.”

Kyro Tourism Agency
What is it?


Pop-up – 3rd to 7th October 17:00-23:00

Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, 32-34 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DA

“The best of the Finnish Bar scene take over this basement for the week, with Finnish inspired cocktails brought to you by Kyro Rye Distillery.

Like many Finnish ideas this one began in sauna. It was 2012 and the most famous cheese factory in Finland had been closed for the past 5 years and so the bright idea to turn it into a distillery was born. After enduring two years of building and bureaucracy, the fearless Rye distillers finally fired up the stills in 2014. Now making their LCW debut come and taste what all the fuss is about, as well as their cocktail offering they’ll have daily tastings of the range at 6pm.”


A taste of Talisker @ The Whiskey Shop
What is it?


Masterclass – 3rd to 8th October

The Whisky Shop, 70 Piccadilly, W1J 8HP

“Join us at the Whisky Shop this London Cocktail Week to enjoy a journey through some of the more specialist Talisker expressions. From vintage bottlings to distillers’ editions, this famed smoky whisky has a multitude of stories to tell, yet all retaining it’s trademark punch of black and pepper and smoke, accompanied by stone fruits and a rich, mouthfilling texture.

There’ll be tutored tastings all week, hosted by the experts from The Whisky Shop to really immerse you in this beautiful Scotch from Islay.”

World class drinks @ The Whiskey Exchange
What is it?


Masterclass – 3rd to 8th October, Monday-Friday 16:00-20:00, Saturday 12:00-16:00

2 Bedford St, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HH

“Visit the Whisky Exchange this London Cocktail Week to enjoy a World Class Tanqueray No.Ten gin, Ketel One Vodka or Bulleit Bourbon masterclass, plus enjoy tasting the different brand’s creations! You’ll learn how the spirits are made and what makes them taste so delicious, as well as their ideal serve.”

Classics with Classics
What is it?


Masterclass/pop-up – 3rd to 7th October 17:00-23:00

“5 Classic cocktails Paired with 5 Classic Trainers, brought to you by Sauvelle Vodka and the Drop Date. Trainer Education and cocktail training each day from 6pm-7pm £10”

Bulldog Flavour Garden
What is it?


Masterclass – 3rd, 4th & 7th October 17:30 – 19:00

2-4 Boundary Street, London, E2 7DD

“Join BULLDOG Gin at The Boundary cocktail bar for an evening of learnings about the history of gin and the origins of the Gin & Tonic, alongside learning about the birth and production of the world’s 4th largest premium gin… BULLDOG!

Guests will receive a welcome cocktail followed by a plethora of canapés with the BULLDOG & Tonic. Finally, as well as learning how to craft the BULLDOG & Tonic, guests will have the chance to get hands on and perfect their own recipe using the BULLDOG Flavour Garden.”


Les Femmes du bar @ Joyeux Bordel
What is it?


Party – 3rd October 19:00-1:00

Joyeux Bordel, 147 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3QE

“Les Femmes du Bar take over Joyeux Bordel for one night to celebrate the opening of London Cocktail Week 2016! St Germain global brand Ambassador Camille Ralph invites you to an evening of St Germain cocktails made by some of the best in the industry.

Come and meet Les Femmes du Bar, Clotilde Lataille bar manager of Sardine, Cyan Wong bar consulting, Constanca Cordeiro bar manager of Peg + Patriot, as they create some delicious concoctions for you.”

The Westbourne Lounge
What is it?


Pop-up – 3rd to 9th October, Monday 17:00-21:30, Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-21:30, Sunday 12:00-19:00

“Curious concoctions and gin geekery at the Westbourne Lounge, powered by Martin Miller’s Gin. Step into the Westbourne Lounge for a curated cocktail menu, specifically created for London Cocktail Week, showcasing the World’s Best Gin.

If you’re a fan of Martin Miller’s Gin, it’s time to experience Westbourne Strength. A bartender’s secret for over a decade, Westbourne Strength has a higher ABV, giving a punchier and fuller mouth feel to your cocktail.”

The Woodford Alliance
What is it?


Pop-up – 4th to 6th October 17:00-23:00

The White Rabbit, 471-473 The Arches Dereham Place, EC2A 3HJ

“Imagine a world where you didn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to experience the best New York cocktails, or most exciting Amsterdam serves. Woodford Reserve, the small batch craft bourbon, brings you ‘The Woodford Alliance’, a pop up experience designed to make this a reality. The Woodford Alliance will bring six of the world’s best bars together over three epic nights.

Woodford Reserve will also run masterclasses at the event, demonstrating how to make their signature serve, The Old Fashioned. Masterclasses are priced at £15 and include two drinks on the night and a take away gift. On Tuesday consumers will be treated to a partnership between London’s epochal hidden away speakeasy, Nightjar and Stockholm’s New Orleans-inspired Little Quarter. Wednesday will host TimeOut’s ‘Bar of the Year’ 2016, The Punch Room, with New York’s Lower East Side cocktail bar, inspired by the typical British pub, The Suffolk Arms. Finally, Thursday will pair the quirky and experimental Peg + Patriot, with the rich history of Amsterdam’s finest offering, The Tailor.

Each night the dressing, experience, staff and bar menu will change, with the drinks list including two of each bar’s most iconic Woodford Reserve drinks. Light bites, based on the bars’ menus, will be served, whilst specially curated music playlists from the bars run through the evening.”

Tia Maria + Coffee Academy
What is it?


Masterclass – 4th to 9th October 12:00-14:00

Tia Maria + Coffee Project, The Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW

“Interactive masterclass led by renowned coffee expert Anette Moldvaer of Square Mile Coffee.”


Perfumed Cocktails with Tanqueray No. Ten
What is it?


Masterclass – 4th of October – 14:00-15.30

Beaufort Bar, Savoy Hotel, The Strand, WC2R 0EU

“Join Tanqueray No. TEN at the world famous Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel for an exploration into fragrance and learn how aroma influences the way cocktails are made in the world’s best bars.

The iconic gin brand will be partnering with a top luxury perfumer and bartenders from the Beaufort Bar and American Bar in the hotel to showcase the close link between cocktails and fragrance through some incredible cocktail creations. During the session you’ll sample three delicious cocktals to indulge your senses as you immerse yourself into the world of fragrence and mixology.

Can’t make it down to the session? Throughout the month of October there will also be a perfume-inspired cocktail on the menu at Beaufort Bar.

This is one not to be missed.”

Pirate’s Grog Rum Sessions
What is it?


Pop-up – 5th to 9th October 18:00-23:00

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs Spitalfields, 6 Lamb Street, E1 6EA

“Meet the crew and have the chance to try all three Pirate’s Grog rums, including the 5 year, the No.13 and the brand new Black Ei8ht Coffee Rum infusion. Espresso Rumtini masterclasses will take place everyday at 7pm for £12, advance booking required.

All LCW Festival Pass holders will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Pirate’s Grog rum tasting session where they will get to try whole product range.

There will also be a delicious £5 signature serve on offer.”


Reverend JW Simpson & Yaguara Cachaca Presents UCF #1 – Britain X Brasil
What is it?


Party – 5th October 18:00-22:30

32 Goodge St, London W1T 2QJ

“King of Brazilian Bartending Fábio La Pietra has flown all of the way from SubAstor bar in São Paulo and will be going head-to-head, mano a mano, with British Bar Legend Richard Hunt. Both recognized as the cream of international talent, these titans of the bar world have exclusively created awesome menus just for this evening for you to sample at special prices. Who will win this epic bar battle, as their speed, service and drinks are judged and the winner chosen by you! Including a Mystery Box Showdown”

Bourbon, Blues & Ribs
What is it?


Party – 5th October 18:00-21:00

Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN

“Shake off the midweek blues and enjoy an epic blues band with a stack of slow cooked, juicy beef and pork ribs and a Double Oak cocktail for just £10”

Institute of Dreams
What is it?


Pop-up – 6th to 8th October 16:30 onwards

The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT

“A characteristically tight-lipped event from the ‘purveyors of the unusual’. The ‘Institute of Dreams’ promises a distinctly unconventional homage to the inherent inquisitiveness of the human mind.

This event is only open to those with LCW wristbands.”

Drambuie presents The Brass & Crimson
What is it?


Pop-up – 6th and 7th October 19:00 onwards

The Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton St, N1 6SH

“Drambuie presents The Brass & Crimson – a modern celebration of the iconic age and scene that made Drambuie world-famous. 2016’s Brass & Crimson experience will bring together iconic talent with emerging stars that fly the flag for Jazz and its influence on other genres to create new musical experiences.

The next stop on the tour sees The Brass & Crimson heading to London on Thursday 6th & Friday 7th October where guests should expect a night of Drambuie cocktails and performances from world class musicians. Free entry and all guests receive a complimentary cocktail until 11pm”


Rockaoke at LCC
What is it?


Party – 6th October 20:30 onwards

London Cocktail Club, 29 Sclater Street, London, E1 6HR

“Rockaoke at LCC Shoreditch with Jack Daniel’s. Come rock with a live rock and roll band and get some JD love in you.

Enjoy 2 for £12 on the JD ‘Rocktails’ menu all night long.”

Spirit of Tiki presents The World’s Largest Piña Colada Attempt
What is it?


Party – 7th October 14:00 onwards

The Langham, London, 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA

“In partnership with Don Q Rums and Re’al Cocktail Ingredients Sprit of Tiki will attempt to make the world’s largest Piña Colada.

At 2pm on Friday 7 October 2016 we call upon London’s bartenders to turn up and participate in making the world’s largest Piña Colada in a 500 litre artificial pineapple.

Rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, lime, bitters and fresh pineapple will be on hand to blend, stir and let’s hear your favourite Piña Colada jokes / bar experiences to add to the fun. Georgi Radev, along with other Tiki friends will orchestrate the afternoon making this the most fun cocktail every created.”

Chambord by South Place
What is it?


Pop-up – 6th to 9th October 16:00-23:00

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF

“Chambord Raspberry Liqueur will have a pop-up in the very Secret Garden Bar inside the South Place Hotel. Expect delicious cocktails, desserts to match and flamingos…lots of flamingos!

LCW wristband wearers can enjoy the Club Chambord cocktail here for only £5. Club Chambord – Chambord liqueur, Gin, fresh lemon juice, egg white and raspberries.

Bof! #becausenoreason”

Top Gun Party
What is it?


Party – 7th October 17:00-1:00

London Cocktail Club, 29 Sclater Street, London, E1 6HR

“London Cocktail Club have teamed up with Luxardo to throw the ultimate Top Gun Party! Offering 7 different variations of an Aviation for £5 all night long.

Be in with the chance of getting a LCC Top Gun t-shirt and winning a ticket to somewhere exotic.”


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Jonathan Greenstein

American football playing individual|Patriots fan|Aspiring author & blogger|Thinks of himself as a bit of an entrepreneur|Ever hungry mind that is always willing to share|All round swell guy | Twitter - @J_Greenstein

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