4-13 October is London Cocktail Week – here are Absolutely’s picks of the best bars for celebrating mixology in the capital…

By Abbie Schofield

The Botanist Gin at Carousel

London cocktail week The Botanist

The Botanist Gin have collaborated with top chef and director of Hunter Gather Cook, Nick Weston, to create an innovative five-course Wild Dinner at Carousel, Marylebone. The menu will be celebration of game, featuring the best in wild and foraged food that the UK has to offer. Perfectly paired cocktails will include the long and fizzy ‘Fig Leaf’, a peachy ‘Nettle Gimlet’ and an earthy ‘Truffle Martini’. 

1-5 October, carousel-london.com 

Fentimans at Laki Kane

London cocktail week Fentimans Laki Kane

Brick Lane’s Cocktail Village is London Cocktail Week’s hub with food, music and, of course, cocktails on offer. Fentimans will have their very own 360-degree bamboo beach bar in the Village where they will be serving cocktails using their new Fentimans Tropical Soda. They have also collaborated with tiki bar Laki Kane, who will be serving specially created rum cocktails using Fentimans Tropical Soda, Ginger Beer and Curiosity Cola.

9-13 October, fentimans.com

Heads + Tails

London Cocktail Week Heads + Tails

Heads + Tails in West Hampstead is a venue split into two distinctive bars: Heads, the ground floor bar, is bright and airy whereas Tails, the basement bar, is dark and mysterious. You’ll find the perfect drink whatever your mood as the cocktail menus mirror the atmosphere of each bar, although you can order from both no matter where you sit. Available throughout London Cocktail Week is the ‘Gimlet Hanastél’ consisting of Reyka vodka, homemade lime sherbet and lime juice.

4-13 October, headsandtails.bar

St James Bar at The Sofitel 

London cocktail week, St James Bar at the Sofitel

The luxurious Paris-inspired St James Bar at the Sofitel Hotel, St James, will be serving the bespoke ‘Roku Daime’ this London Cocktail Week. The tipple consists of Roku gin, homemade cherry syrup infused with green tea and apricot, lemon juice and a splash of cherry soda. 

4-13 October, Sofitelstjames.com

Wright Brothers

London cocktail week Wright Brothers

Seafood and oyster specialists Wright Brothers have created the ‘Ten to the Dozen’ cocktail for the week, which is made up of Bombay Sapphire, bitter bianco, elderflower cordial, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. This zingy and light cocktail will perfectly compliment seafood dishes like the Merguez Stuffed Squid. Wright Brothers will also be offering a martini and oyster platter for £20 at their Spitalfields site from 3-6pm, which includes Jersey oysters and Bombay Sapphire martinis infused with garden peas, marjoram and lemon peel. 

4-13 October, thewrightbrothers.co.uk

The Little Yellow Door

Little Yellow Door London cocktail week

The Little Yellow Door is serving a limited edition ‘Reyka and Cascara Espresso Martini’ for London Cocktail Week, made of Reyka vodka, sweet Cascara vermouth, espresso and coffee liqueur. The flat share-inspired Notting Hill bar and restaurant is open until 2am on weekends, meaning you can sip the special cocktail well into the night, and even head back in the morning for a hangover cure, as they have recently launched a new brunch menu.

4-13 October, thelittleyellowdoor.com

Zetter Townhouse

Zetter Townhouse London cocktail week

Both Zetter Townhouse venues are celebrating London Cocktail Week; on 5 October, the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone will be doing a joint swap with international bars Coley from Kuala Lumpur, The Locker Room from Bangkok and Nutmeg and Clove from Singapore. The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell will be swapping with Mister Paradise, a NYC East Village Bar, on 9 October. The specialty cocktails available during the week include a ‘Healing Jasmine Gimlet’ at Clerkenwell and ‘Uncle Seymour’s Remedy’ at Marylebone.

3-14 October, thezettertownhouse.com

The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company

London cocktail week House Party

The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company are both collaborating with renowned bars from LA to Barcelona to host a House Party Series filled with an unmissable music line up, pizza by Yard Sale and curated cocktail menus. London Cocktail Week specials include ‘Meady B*+CH’, a blend of Dewar’s whisky, mead, apricot, citrus, hibiscus and ginger beer – served in a tankard. After pizza and cocktails, guests can dance the night away to DJ sets from Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey and Mystery Jet’s William Rees, to name just two of the guests on the decks.

6-13 October, thesuntavern.co.uk, discountsuitcompany.co.uk

London Cocktail Week tickets are available here. Pay £10 for the pass and get cocktails for £6 at over 300 cooperating venues in the city.

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