The cocktail. A concotion so great, they made a whole week about it.
From its Covent Garden hub, events showcasing the best stirring, mixing and straining talent are set to dominate the whole of next week.
The exotic, the classic, and the downright weird are going to be on offer, and, with £4 beverages as standard, it'd be rude to not attend.
Here's our pick of the best LCW has to offer:
1 | Belvedere Martini Bar, 38 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LH
Open daily midday - 9pm
The perfect martini is an elusive thing. Vodka to vermouth ratios, olive or lemon twist – it’s a minefield. Hone your skills at the Belvedere Martini Bar and leave feeling like Bond's best friend.
2 | Monkey Shoulder DIY Drinks Kitchen, 53 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DG
Open daily midday - 9pm
The best parties always happen in the kitchen. With this in mind, the good folk at Monkey Shoulder are chucking open the kitchen, throwing away the bar and letting the public raid the cupboards (with expert supervision of course.)
3 | Bartender’s Lounge, Euphorium Bakery, Thomas Neal’s Centre, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LG
Open daily midday – 7pm
Your favourite bakery becomes a Bloody Mary paradise. Euphorium are serving up a feast of twists on the classic hangover cure: Bloody Marias, which uses tequlia instead of vodka, and Red Snappers, which uses gin, are two interesting sounding options.
4 | Portobello Road Gin No. 171 Pop Up Parlour, Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LA
Open daily midday – midnight
A pop-up gin bar serving delicious juniper based cocktails with British food. Daily classes and tastings will also be running courtesy of The Ginstitute.
5 | Peter Werth & Berkeley Square Gin present the N.1 Cocktail, 1-3 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LL
Thursday 10th October, 5-9pm
Combine a luxury menswear shopping experience with bespoke Berkeley Square Gin cocktails. A none-too-shabby way to spend an evening.
6 | Langley’s No. 8 Gentleman’s Evening, Murdock London, Murdock London, 18 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9HB
Thursday 10th October, 7.30- 9pm
An evening for discerning gentlemen. Gin and tonics, proper shaves and suit measurements and consultations from a Savile Row tailor.
7 | Farrell’s Bathtub Speakeasy, 18 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LG
Monday 7th - Sunday 13th, all day
British gentlemen’s outfitters Farrell’s provide a bathtub of gin to enhance your shopping – a great idea or lethally dangerous? Were not sure, but it sounds like fun either way.
8 |The Carounn Sensorium at Foxhall, Foxhall London, 20 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LM
Thursday October 10th, Friday October 11th, Saturday October 12th, 5-8pm
Specially mixed cocktails featuring Caorunn gin, inspired by classic menswear brand Foxhall’s Autumn/ winter 2013 collection.
9 | The Candy Store, 65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY, Shoreditch
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Oct, 6pm- 12am
This pop-up is a vintage sweet shop bursting with booze. Whiskey and bourbon based beverages are finished with sweet treats: the 'Hansel and Gretel' – Bulleit bourbon, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Grand Marnier and home-made gingerbread syrup shaken with a whole egg, served in chocolate with gingerbread soldiers – particularly appeals.
10 | Quintessentially Vodka pop-up at The Crazy Bear Private Members Club in Covent Garden, 17 Mercer Street, Covent Garden. London WC2H 9QJ
8th, 9th, 10th October. 1st sitting 6-9pm, 2nd sitting 9.30pm- 1am
Sashimi meets spirits, as the premium vodka brand takes a three-night residence at The Crazy Bear Private Members Club. Pairing sushi with expertly blended Quintessentially based cocktails; this is an exciting event sure to teach you something new.
11 | Absolut Weird Science
Tuesday 8th October 8pm- 12am
A screening of John Hughes’ 80’s classic teen sci-fi comedy about two nerds who try to create the perfect woman, alongside an Absolout cocktail of the same name. Drunk nostalgia – what could be better?
12 | East v West Bartending, The Hide Bar, 39-45 Bermondsey Street
Tuesday 8th October 2.30- 4pm
An intriguing concept. One of China’s top bartenders demonstrates how Eastern and Western methods of bartending can be fused in exciting new ways. How to make clear ice, using Chinese tea in cocktails and ice-ball carving are among the techniques being shown.
13 | The Chemistry of Cocktails with Hendrick's Gin, 33 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6EU
Friday 11th October, 7-8.30pm
Hendrick’s Gin are offering their tipple plus tonic as they explain the science of mixing, in this event. Delivered by Steve Pearce, CEO of Omega Ingredients and a leading authority on food science, this is an occasion to understand the brains behind your beverage.
14| The Beluga Siberian Express, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, 13-15 West Street, London, WC2H 9NE
7th- 13th October, 7- 10pm
Board the luxury cocktail carriage on the terrace of this Michelin starred Covent Garden venue, to sample the bar manager’s bespoke Beluga Sling cocktail. The 10th, 11th and 12th will see The Gastronomy Guys in residance and knocking up booze- flavoured delights, including a White Russian ice cream with blackberry Caviar, Moscow Mule Sorbet and chocolate air.
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