Meet the #DreamTeam - who have each come up through the hospitality ranks, cleaning out bins, mixing up drinks and earning our boozy stripes over the years.
Hannah Sharman-Cox is the founder and MD of DrinkUp.London.
Hannah started working in hospitality in 2002 when she was part of the original team at Milk & Honey, London. After a few more award-winning venue launches with Match Bar Group, she switched from bars to brands and worked alongside Simon Difford where she started a PR agency which launched St-Germain elderflower liqueur and Portobello Road Gin to name just two…
What began as a side project in 2010, London Cocktail Week has grown and grown from humble beginnings and as the years have passed London Wine Week, London Beer Week and DrinkUp.London have been added to the fold. To date, the three festivals have welcomed over 150,000 guests and injected more than two million pounds of revenue directly back into the London hospitality trade through the festival pass scheme alone. @HSharmanCox
Siobhan Payne is the Festival Director of London Cocktail Week.
Siobhan started her career in PR for major drinks brands, before joining Hannah full time in 2011 and building the festival into what it is today - the largest cocktail event of its kind in the world.
In 2015, Siobhan was voted number 12 in the Event 100 Club, a list of the 100 most influential people in the events industry and under her steer London Cocktail Week has been voted Best Event in London for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016) at the Design My Night awards. @LondonSiobhan
Emma Murphy is the Festival Director of London Wine Week and oversees all wine content within the site.
Emma has been a core member of the DrinkUp.London team since joining in 2013, shortly after which she oversaw the launch of the first London Wine Week as Festival Director in 2014. Prior to this she worked in management at Milk & Honey, Quo Vadis and the Gordon Ramsay Group.
At the forefront of the wine revolution which has since swept the capital with a proliferation of alternative wine-focused events, Emma is passionate about making wine more accessible, and encouraging people to discover and taste wines they might not have come across before. @MurphyEms
Once described as Stunt-Livered Fairy Godmothers, we're pretty happy with how that sums up this team.
Ali Dedianko is the Festival Director of London Beer Week and oversees all beer content within the site.
A Baltimore native, Ali moved to New York City in 2003. After 8 years working behind the bar and another 6 years traveling the globe with Belvedere Vodka, where she worked as Global Brand Ambassador before being promoted to Director of Education – she joined the team at DrinkUp.London in 2016. For her debut LBW, Ali curated the first ever DrinkUp Edit at Oval Space, E2 and created a sell-out event celebrating beer, ale, cider and mead.
In 2017, she also opened her own restaurant with her husband Joe in Tuffnell Park and Ceremony has since received rave reviews in from Grace Dent in The Evening Standard and Giles Coren in The Sunday Times. #Proud @The.Brewnette
Jane Ryan is the editor of DrinkUp.London.
A native Australian, Jane moved to the UK in 2010 and following her journalism degree from London’s City University and a successful first step into drinks writing at Diffords Guide, she joined the girls to launch DrinkUp.London in 2015.
She now freelances for the most prestigious drinks publications across the globe, including our friends at Punch and of course - titles closer to home.
With one foot always firmly on the other side of the bar, she has previously managed classic cocktail bar Satan’s Whiskers and is currently helping out at Mr Lyan’s sustainability restaurant and bar Cub. @JaneCRyan
Tina Bozorgi is the Event Manager for all projects within DrinkUp.London and joined the team straight from graduation from Leeds Beckett University in 2015.
From pop-ups to masterclasses, Tina is the on-the-ground point of contact for everything we do. She also curates the events we choose to list on DrinkUp.London and has the task of seeking out the very best drinks events in town to ensure we’re your one stop shop for something great to do in London. @TinaBozorgi
Samantha Bowmer is our digital content manager who joined the team in 2017.
Another Aussie, she joined us fresh off the boat from Shut The Gate wines in the beautiful Clare Valley and has also previously worked as a trolley dolly on Virgin Airlines. With an exacting eye for detail and an appreciation of what makes a great bar and a great night out, she is perfectly placed to create witty and engaging content for our social channels. @SamanthaBowmer
Bea Bradsell is our Bars Ambassador, which means she’s always out and about, meeting with the great and the good of the London bar scene.
For each of our festivals she curates the list of bars that are invited to join the Tours and ensures that every venue within our list is up to scratch serving delicious drinks in fantastic surroundings with the utmost level of hospitality. Basically born behind the bar, she has previously held the fort and ran the floor at Callooh Callay, The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion and is currently helping out for our friends at Swift. @BBradsell
Martin Saracco is creative director for DrinkUp.London, joining the team in 2017.
He began his design career in Brazil, studying advertising before moving to Buenos Aires in 2012, Italy in 2013 and finally to London in 2014. He is a qualified tattoo artist and is bringing fresh ideas and visuals to the website and the festivals. @MartinSaracco
Addie Chinn is an honourary member of staff and we like to think... our personal photographer. He is responsible for almost all the wonderful images within this site but his body of work is far more impressive than just us and you should take the time to check out his website and his portfolio. @AddieChinn