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A rolling stream of our new news in the run up to the biggest festival, London Cocktail Week!

London Cocktail Week 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest festival we’ve ever undertaken.

What with the extended timetable to include two weekends and the biggest ever Cocktail Village we wanted you to feel right at the heart of the action as it happens!
Sign up to our newsletter and bookmark this page as we’ll be announcing pop-ups, parties, spirit launches and all the tasty titbits as they happen.
Come behind the scenes with us! 
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25 September 2019
Our London Cocktail Week gin is being bottled today!
Nothing else to say on this one. YUM. 
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24 September 2019
The commemorative wristbands arrived in the office!
As a through back to how the festvial started, we have commermorative wristbands available to collect from our London Cocktail Week Pop-Up in Covent Garden or at The Cocktail Village on Brick Lane.
We're wearing ours already in preparation! 
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23 September 2019
We've sent our London Cocktail Week newspaper to print! 
Page after page of glorious content about what we have planned and how YOU can make the most of your £10 Festival Pass
Look out for the team handing out copies at central London underground stations from Thursday 03 October... 
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18 September 2019
The search for the best cocktail of London Cocktail Week 
Today we crowned our winner of LCW19's Best Cocktail! Ten finalists battled it out in front of judges, LCW Festvial Director Siobhan Payne, Cocktail Lover's Gary Sharpen and James Drummond - last year's winner! 
The winning drink came from... SHOCHU LOUNGE and you can try 'The Nihon Star' for £6 during the festvial with your Festival Pass! Congratulations Alessandro! 
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17 September 2019
The Experiments are BACK! 
On Friday 04 and Saturday 05 October we'll be hosting mini taster sessions of our sell-out Cocktail Experiments at our London Cocktail Week Covent Garden Pop-Up.
Hosted by our brilliant boozy experts, tickets are at festival prices - so just £6 for a masterclass and a full sized drink that perfectly suits YOU! 
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16 September 2019
North Yorkshire's heading down south
Come and discover The Spirit of Harrogate - home of Slingsby Gin and sample their delicious award-winning gins at The Cocktail Village. Their Slingsby Marmalade Gin is not to be missed! Plus try Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, Slingsby London Dry Gin and Slingsby Gooseberry Gin there too. 
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15 September 2019
Kwant joins The Cocktail Tours - and we couldn't be more pleased! 
Erik Lorincz brand-new, soon-to-be, award-winning cocktail bar on Heddon Street has joined the ranks of the £6 tours. Take the chance while you can - and enjoy an Oxley Gin cocktail in his wonderfull basmement bar. 
All you need is a £10 Festival Pass!
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14 September 2019
SŪPĀ easy, SŪPĀ convenient and SŪPĀ sustainable!
SŪPĀSAWĀ is the ultimate home cocktail ingredient. Stop by to see them at The Cocktail Village and try their tasty twists on some of the world’s favourite classic cocktails.
Whilst you’re there - show them your best  #SAWĀFace in their seriously SŪPĀ photobooth. 
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13 September 2019
A boozy vending machine for maximum refreshment!
That Boutique-y Gin Company have a dream, for every attendee of London Cocktail Week to be fully refreshed at all times. To achieve this they have created delicious Craft Cocktails which will be available via a bespoke Boutique-y vending machine and on draft, keeping guests at The Cocktail Village fully refreshed at all times.
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12 September 2019
London's hottest openings of 2019 have joined The Cocktail Tours... 
This London Cocktail Week you can enjoy £6 cocktails in; Little Yellow Door, Funkidory, Angelina, Kym's, Baptist, Supermax, Spiritland Royal Festival Hall, Ladies & Gents Camden and Heads & Tails to name just some... All you need is a £10 Festival Pass... 
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12 September 2019
The West End heads East
Award-winning Soho cocktail bar Swift is making its first appearance in The Cocktail Village! Showcasing a selection of its iconic drinks in a mini replica of its beautiful Upstairs Bar, it promises to be THE place to get a drink in east London! 
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11 September 2019
Feast your eyes on this! 
We've confirmed the first Street Feast traders! Look out for Babek Brothers serving the best kebabs this side of Istanbul, Dos Mas Tacos with their traditional Mexican Tacos with a southern American twist, Fundi Pizza straight for their wood fired ovens, KraPow Thai fried chicken – on vacation from their pop-up home in Clapton, Phung Kay Vegan serving delicious dimsum, Zephyr Burgers and their insanely juicy burgers with a killer crust and Secret Nicky’s Frozen custard if you’re looking for something sweet. YUM!
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10 September 2019
A Sensorial Garden pops-up in The Cocktail Village 
This year at The Cocktail Village, immerse yourself in their beautifully sensorial garden and explore the flavours of the cocktails on offer using Schweppes premium 1783 Signature Collection. If you’re after something a little simpler then choose from an array of Classic and Premium mixers to perfectly pair with your favourite spirits.  
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09 September 2019
Cocktails - in the bathtub! 
Step into the extraordinary world of Bathtub Gin at The Cocktail Village. Join one of their bathtime masterclasses to learn about the history of gin and why the double infusion process results in a fresher, bolder spirit… Or simply enjoy one of our delicious cocktails at the bar, including the "World’s Best Gin & Tonic 2019".
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08 September 2019
Fantastic FORDS GIN is back with a bang
Returning to The Cocktail Village for a second year, by popular demand, FORDS GIN are once again teaming up with oceanic street food legends - E8 FISH.
Come enjoy that most classic of parings - Martinis & Oysters. Snappers and other gin-delights available for those not in the Martini mood. (weirdos)
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07 September 2019
The Magic City comes to Brick Lane
That Boutique-y Rum Company are bringing the neon lights and sunset vibes of early 80s Miami to The Cocktail Village with The Miam-y Vice Lounge. That Boutique-y Rum Company will be serving up cocktails (including Miam-y Vices, obviously) made with their new Signature Blend rums.
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06 September 2019
Ryan Reynolds' definitely loves London Cocktail Week 
“I’ve tried every gin on the planet and Aviation is, hands down, the best” – Ryan Reynolds, Owner, Celebrity, Famous Person.
Come and try it for yourself at The Cocktail Village, position yourself NEXT to (almost) Ryan Reynolds, and let his amazing bartenders make the perfect Aviation Gin cocktail for you. Swoon. 
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05 September 2019
Enter The Dark at The Cocktail Village.
The new Coca-Cola Signature Mixers range has been expertly created by some of the world’s most influential mixologists to be paired with premium dark spirits. Guests at The Cocktail Village can ‘Enter the Dark’ to discover each of the four variants in the Coca-Cola Signature Mixers experience.
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04 September 2019
The Tini Martini Townhouse is back! 
Hendrick's Gin are really pulling out all the stops this London Cocktail Week with six of the very best bars in the world, popping up in their Tini Martini Townhouse (which is moving to the spot right opposite The Ace Hotel). The Nomad, NYC and Little Red Door, Paris are just two of the six bars turning up to make teeny-tiny drinks! There's a few tickets left here... 
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03 September 2019
Another firm favourite returns to The Cocktail Village.
If you were lucky enought to get a place in their pop-up last year, you'll know the toweling robes and the Finnish hospitality were well worth it! Kyrö Distillery Company brings their sauna back to The Cocktail Village in 2019, where guests are invited to step inside and make their very own gin. 
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02 September 2019
Immerse yourself in a 360 Degree, Virtual Reality, Tropical Paradise at The Fentimans Rum Bar in The Cocktail Village.
The Fentimans Rum Bar will be showcasing a specially created virtual reality experience, transporting visitors to a tropical island escape with cocktails created by London’s award winning tiki bar, Laki Kane.
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31 August 2019
A vineyard-inspired, Cantina-style pop-up bar - direct from Chile - comes to Brick Lane.
Chilean Pisco brand El Gobernador, in association with ProChile, will be taking up residency in The Cocktail Village this year.  Pop by for £6 cocktails or maybe even bag yourself a freebie!
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30 August 2019
The World’s First Nogroni Bar by Seedlip featuring Æcorn
Specifically designed to solve the dilemma of ‘What To Drink When You’re Not Drinking’ - Seedlip's No-Groni Bar is coming to The Cocktail Village. And for those that are wondering - a No-Groni is exactly what is sounds like - a complex, bitter and citrusy blend with hints of Chinotto Orange, Grapefruit, All Spice and Gentian, but without the booze. A bold and bittersweet contemporary take on the classic cocktail. 
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29 August 2019
The Monkey Shoulder Mixer Truck is BACK! 
The 12-foot, 11,000 litre cocktail mixer truck is bringing with it the World’s Loudest, Silent Whisky Tasting! Yep - only in The Cocktail Village.
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27 August 2019
BREAKING NEWS!
We've got your every need covered at The Cocktail Village! 

London Cocktail Week has joined forces with Street Feast, owners of several legendary street food markets across London, to provide the food at this years Cocktail Village! Now you can come thirsty AND hungry - it's going to be delicious! 
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26 August 2019
Tayer + Elementary join The Cocktail Tours! 
We're beyond delighted that award-winning duo Alex Kratena and Monica Berg have agreed to join our £6 Cocktail Tours with their brand new venue. All you need is a Festival PassGo go go. 
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25 August 2019
Porn Star Martinis All Round! 
Enjoy the magical golden hour all day long with Passoã  - sip delicious Porn Star Martini’s at their sunset-inspired stand at The Cocktail Village. And look out for twists on this modern classic cocktail! 
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18 August 2019
Sherlock Holmes-themed Escape Room joins LCW!
Sherlock's very own Mind Palace (which is actually hidden withi the W12 Shoping Centre in West London) is joining the celebration and offering £6 cocktails for Festival Pass holders!
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16 August 2019
Get Out In The Wild in The Cocktail Village!
Drambuie’s Skye Bothy is a remote explorer’s hut hidden within The Cocktail Village containing a cocktail studio during the day and Isle of Skye dining experience by night.
Expect intimate cocktail masterclasses and conversation with some of the world’s top bartenders, and in the evening, book a one of a kind dining experience where chef Ruaridh Emslie channels his deep understanding of wild cooking. Tickets for supper on sale soon! 
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15 August 2019
The Fair is Coming To The Cocktail Village!
What happens when you mix a childhood dream with one of the very best things about being an adult? The MONIN Fairground, that’s what! From playful activities to boozy treats, discover the power of MONIN flavours through sweet, nostalgic-filled games and drinks. On the menu: Candy Floss slushie, Pic’n’Mix gin and tonic, Apple Pie margarita and more! Popping up in The Cocktail Village from Wednesday 09 October. 
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14 August 2019
Islay Peat Transported Down To The Cocktail Village
Laphroaig single malt has been dividing and inspiring opinions since 1815, but what is it that makes them so polarising? The answer probably lies in the distinctive smoky flavour, born from the cold smoking process. For the first time, they’ll be bringing their smoke to London by building a peat fired kiln and using fresh cut Islay peat to cold smoke a range of cocktails and foods - each item inspired by an existing opinion on Laphroaig. This is an opportunity to taste cold-smoked haggis and also cold-smoked butterscotch while personalising the smoke level of your cocktail. #OpinionsWelcome
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09 August 2019
A Perfect Pairing Between Maker's Mark Bourbon & Crosstown Doughnuts
This tasty pair have teamed-up to craft a custom doughnut especially for LCW inspired by the tasting notes of Maker’s Mark, and its key ingredient—Red Winter Wheat—uniquely used for a sweeter bourbon flavour. Treat yourself to fun, games and hand-crafted bourbon cocktails & Maker’s Mark Crosstown Doughbites: Hand-crafted. Hand-in-hand in The Cocktail Village.
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08 August 2019
A Traditional Japanese Izakaya Alley in middle of The Cocktail Village!
Right in the heart of The Cocktail Village - House of Suntory are recreating the hustle and bustle of a traditional Izakaya Alley - the best way to go bar hopping and experience the unbelievable atmosphere of Japan. You can enjoy the skilfully crafted cocktails or be taken through a multi-sensory masterclass with Roku Gin, Haku Vodka and Toki Whisky to understand the true meaning behind this elite collection of Japanese spirits.
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01 August 2019
Tenth Birthday Party confirmed
Fortuitously – the festival falls on the 10 October – 10/10. Geddit!?
We’ll be celebrating (loudly) in The Cocktail Village on that evening.
First come first serve entry but… see you there yeah?
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24 July 2019
The London Cocktail Week Hub comes home to Covent Garden 
As a nod back to our first foray into pop-up shops – we’re bringing the hub back to Covent Garden five years after we were last there!
We’ve secured a beautiful shop space, which will showcase a daily rotation of brands, bartenders and masterclasses from Friday 4 October until Thursday 10 October. 
Entry will be free for those with a Festival Pass. 
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16 July 2019
The Cocktail Village spreads out across the The Truman Estate
Following a wonderful first year at Truman Brewery, the team have re-signed to come back for a second year.
This time we're taking even more space outside and extending the festival-vibes with an even bigger tent! 
Entry will be free for those with a Festival Pass. 
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08 July 2019
We’re bringing back wristbands!
As a nod to how we started – every single guest of London Cocktail Week can get themselves a commemorative wristband!
You’ll still need the app to prove you’ve bought a ticket  but you can pick up your wristband from the Covent Garden Hub or The Cocktail Village on Brick Lane. 
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05 July 2019
The Cocktail Times is back
We’re writing fresh content and these newspapers will be distributed at a Zone One station near you in the run up to the festival.
Keep your eyes peeled as these are totally free and are jam packed with so much great information… 
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01 July 2019
The bars that have been involved from the start!
It’s like we planned it but there are TEN bars that have walked the same path as us for the last decade and have been involved in every single London Cocktail Week since we started out.
Some might have slightly tweaked their names but the essence of the original venues is most definitely still there. There’s a list here. 
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15 June 2019
London Cocktail Week stretches to ten days 
To celebrate ten years of London Cocktail Week – we’ve extended our festival to ten days, which most importantly includes TWO weekends to enjoy £6 cocktails in 300 of London’s very finest bars!