2020 just took a turn for the better! In a truly exciting development, the annual London Cocktail Week has been extended through the entire month of October for its 2020 edition – and with it, there are some incredible experiences for cocktail lovers to take advantage of across the capital.
Some of our favourite bars and brands are inviting you to join the celebrations – and you won’t be quaffing their cocktails on an empty stomach: dining is also a big part of the festivities, with bar bites and special pairing menus to feast on, too.
Whether you’re looking to show your support for the hospitality industry, get back into the city post-lockdown, or simply to treat yourself to a much-needed tipple in style (you’ve earned it), here are our picks of the most exciting highlights of LCW to check out this month.
Greatest festival of the year? We’ll raise a glass to that…
The Malts Locker at Nola’s
The Whisky House is the epicentre of this year’s London Cocktail Week, taking place at all-new venue Kings Cross live music, bar and street food venue, Goods Way.
Inside the venue, London Cocktail Week is taking over three independent spaces for you to explore, including The Malts Locker at Nola’s – the home of rare malts and exceptional whiskies.
Usually an invitation-only experience, the doors to this exclusive drinks haven are being flung open for one month only. The Locker is home to rare malts and exceptional whiskies from Talisker, Mortlach, Singleton of Dufftown and Lagavulin. And while you’ll come for the whisky, you’ll stay for the food, which includes a table-side discovery menu pairing Talisker & freshly shucked oysters, Singleton of Dufftown and doughnuts, whisky flights and the chance to craft your own Scotch Fashioned.
Also at The Whisky House, Whiskey Rock’N’Roller is offering the ultimate table-side experience. Taking over Goods Way’s American Prohibition-style bar, Sweetwater, it’ll boast an inventive menu showcasing all-time favourites, whiskey and beer. Experiences on offer include the Bulleit Boiler Maker Flavour Exploration – described as “a bespoke taste adventure” and the STOUTie, which allows guests to print their own face on a pint of Guinness: something we never realised we needed until now. There will also be a number of some of the city’s hottest independen food vendors to feast from at the venue, including Duck Truck, Breddos Tacos and Temple of Seitan.
Cocktail masterclasses at The Whisky House
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Likewise, if you want the beautifully crafted cocktails to last even longer than the month, the secret is to learn how to make your own perfect martini at home. Goods Way’s live venue and auditorium, Lafayette, is hosting a full month of cocktail programming including Monday nights full of delicious drinks *and* takeaway tips. World Class Drinks at Home masterclasses every Monday evening, bookable online and keeping in line with Covid-19 safety guidelines – including how to make the Johnnie Walker Highball Edition, the Ketel One Espresso Martini Edition and the Tanqueray Grapefruit Collins. Really, the combination is all you’ll ever need in your drinks making arsenal.
Tanqueray No.TEN at Nine Lives
Every Tuesday night in October, vibey London Bridge cocktail bar Nine Lives will be hosting The Green Room: 4 nights of curated music & drinks exploring some of best unsung & upcoming genres of music. If, like us, you’ve seriously missed live music this year, the concept is almost as exciting as its drinks menu. A collaboration between the Nine Lives bar team and an incredible line up of DJs, it’ll also feature Tanqueray brand ambassador Pippa Guy – famed for being the first female senior bartender of The Savoy’s world-renowned American Bar in over 100 years – MC’ing (that’s Making Cocktails) behind the bar. Those in attendance will get the chance to try secret signature Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails for just £6, exclusive to London Cocktail Week pass holders. Different nights will feature different music genres, so plan for your favourite and get ready for the perfect night out.
Café Belsazar at Hicce, Coals Drops Yard
Modern British eatery Hicce is already a must-visit for London’s Coal Drops Yard – but for London Cocktail week, premium vermouth brand Belsazar is partnering with rising restaurant star Pip Lacey’s venue to serve up a unique Berlin-inspired aperitif experience of cocktails and masterclasses. Just a one-minute walk away from The Whisky House, Hicce will be transformed into the perfect place to enjoy the ultimate aperitivo moment with friends, in a stylish setting throughout October. The special menu will feature an exclusive £6 London Cocktail Week serve, the bittersweet ‘Mr. Weiss Guy’, an ideal ‘lighter’ tipple for relaxing and catching up with friends.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the Whisky House at Goods Way, head to londoncocktailweek.com