Where to drink at London Cocktail Week 2017
Cocktail hour? Forget about it. It's time for London Cocktail Week – seven whole days for you to explore the city's best serves, signature pours and bespoke blends
London cocktail week isn't just an excuse to spend seven days drinking your way around Town (although it's that, too) – it's a pretty big deal. As in, the largest cocktail festival in the entire world.
With mixed drinks and their creators being held in such high regard by Londoners, it's unsurprising that the capital is home to the event, and if you've yet to truly take advantage of all the creative cocktails available in the city, it's the perfect opportunity.
The seven-day event, which runs from 2-8 October, sees more than 250 bars offering discounted serves, bespoke blends and special events to those with a Cocktail Week digital pass.
Once you've purchased the pass, you'll be granted access to bespoke £6 cocktails in participating bars, and there's also the option to purchase a ticket for the Cocktail Village at Old Spitalfields Market. As the central hub of the week, the Village will take the form of an immersive maze packed full of pop-up cocktail bars, exciting experiences and food vendors.
As well as the opportunity to indulge in some serious sampling, the week will offer a range of unique experiences where you can extend your cocktail knowledge and meet other like-minded souls, whether at a masterclass (where you can learn how to taste drinks like a pro), distillery tour (so you'll know how vodka is made), party, tasting or an exclusive paired meal. See you there.
The best things to drink at London Cocktail Week 2017
London Cocktail Week runs from 2-8 October. Digital passes cost £10 each, and can be purchased from drinkup.london/cocktailweek. The pass entitles you to £6 cocktails in more than 250 venues across the week, exclusive discounts in bars, restaurants and to ticketed events, and access to £5 advanced booking for London Cocktail Week's Cocktail Village (on-the-door price £10). The pass is accessible on your phone via the DrinkUp.London app, which is free to download.