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The Best of London Cocktail Week 2021

October 1, 2021 by Joel Davidge

What is London Cocktail Week?

London Cocktail Week was launched by Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox in 2010 to celebrate the capital’s status as a world class cocktail location.

In 2021 the festival is extended to cover the entire month of October, so you have even more time to enjoy £7 signature cocktails at 250 venues across the capital.

Participating bars include some of the best venues in London, including Lyaness, Tāyer+Elementary, Artesian at The Langham, and Hacha Brixton.

To get involved, wristbands are £15 and are available from

Here is our pick of the best features of London Cocktail Week 2021

The World’s Most Rubbish Bar

A bar made out of a green bin with the Discarded Spirits Co, part of London Cocktail Week 2021

Zero-waste spirit brand Discarded Spirits Co. is launching an exclusive drinking experience.

Bartenders from the best bars in the world will transform “waste” into sustainable cocktails, using sustainable spirits from Discarded.

Discarded Grape Skin Vodka, Discarded Banana Peel Rum, Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth all reuse otherwise wasted ingredients.

The experiential bar will take you on a journey from when you arrive, making you think about how you see waste.

We’re thrilled to see London Cocktail Week continuing to feature sustainable activations. Since our launch in 2009 we’ve continually focused on how we can be more sustainable as an events and drinks company.

When: 15th-17th October 2021

£££: Two Hour Experience, including 5 cocktails, £20

Where: The Ditch, Old Street, EC1V 9LT

Check out the World’s Most Rubbish Bar

Multi-Sensory Drinking

Guests at multi sensory drinking experience The Essence House from London Essence, part of London Cocktail Week 2021

Another trend which we see coming post-pandemic is the return of experiential activations and pop-ups. Customers have a desire for real-life interactions, and experiences which pioneer new techniques and tricks to engage consumers.

The Essence House will be the heart of the London Cocktail Week hub in Covent Garden, creating an immersive, multi-sensorial drinking experience.

Guests will enjoy a series of detailed tests of flavour and aroma, designed to uncover ways to reimagine taste.

Afterwards you can relax on the roof terrace with some signature London Essence cocktails.

When: 1st-24th October 2021

£££: Full Essence House Experience including 2 cocktails, £20

Where: Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, WC2E 9DP

Check out The Essence House

Into the Woods with BrewDog

Cocktails in edible cups at Brewdogs Lost Forest activation, part of London Cocktail Week 2021

Head into a Scottish forest without leaving the city. Brewdog in Seven Dials is transforming its upstairs bar into a forest for the entire London Cocktail Week.

Featuring cocktails made with “zero waste” spirits where every element including the cup will be edible, forest themed events, and a “living wall” for selfie lovers, this is not to be missed.

When: 1st-31st October 2021

£££: Free entry, cocktails from £7 for wristband holders

Where: Brewdog Seven Dials, 142 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8HJ

Go Into The Woods with BrewDog

World Class Cocktail Collection

Spirits in the World Class Cocktail collection, including Johnnie Walker, Talisker, Singleton, Bulliet Bourbon, Ketel One Vodka, Ciroc Vodka, Tanqueray Gin, Don Julio Tequila, Ron Zacapa, part of London Cocktail Week 2021

When London Cocktail Week was founded, it was to celebrate London’s rich heritage as a desirable destination for cocktail lovers.

With over 250 bars participating in London Cocktail Week 2021, the World Class Cocktail Collection is back to celebrate London’s world-class status.

Wristband wearers can enjoy £7 drinks from the World Class Cocktail Collection from the capital’s most illustrious bars, including ingredients from top brands Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Johnnie Walker and Talisker.

Enjoy the World Class Cocktail Collection

Buffalo Bourbon Empire by Buffalo Trace

Cocktails in rocks glass at Buffalo Trace's Buffalo Bourbon Empire activation

Bourbon titans Buffalo Trace return to London Cocktail Week with an immersive experience in Milroy’s of Spitalfields celebrates everything whiskey and cocktails.

The iconic venue will host cocktail masterclasses, food pairings, and tasting events.

As well as Buffalo Trace, guests will be able to enjoy award-winning Indian single malts from Paul John and rare cognac from Domaine Sazerac de Segonzac.

When: 1st-31st October 2021

£££: Free Entry, cocktails from £7 for wristband wearers

Where: Milroy’s of Shoreditch, 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY

Check out Buffalo Bourbon Empire

London Cocktail Week 2021: Full Event Listing

This is just a snapshot of the multitude of great events, activations, and tastings on offer at London Cocktail Week 2021.

After a tumultuous 18 months, it’s fantastic to see so many bars, brands, and cocktail enthusiasts coming together to celebrate the art of the cocktail.

For the full London Cocktail Week 2021 event listing head to their website or follow them on Instagram @londoncocktailweekofficial


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