At a time when half the planet is on fire and the British government is led by a squad of B Movie bad guys, it is comforting to know that there are still some things that can be relied upon: London Cocktail Week (LCW) returns next month, and in the process turns ten years old. To celebrate this milestone, the festival will increase its run time to ten days, giving festival-goers more time to visit the over 300 bars slinging £6 cocktails, the Cocktail Village, a new Covent Garden Pop-Up, and a ton of parties.
The Cocktail Village will again be housed at the Old Truman Brewery, providing a hub for the festival and the place to visit if you would like to taste new and emerging brands, and speak to the people who make / sell them. New this year is the Covent Garden Pop-Up – located in the Ice Tank shop space, here you will find a rotating schedule of brands, bartenders, and masterclasses in residence. The pop-up will also house a secret speakeasy bar (that is not at all secret seeing as though it’s on the press release and now in this story) staffed by Startenders who will make their signature serves.
Entry to the Cocktail Village and Covent Garden Pop-Up are free to festival pass holders. Members of the trade can register for a free trade pass here.
Cocktail Village and Covent Garden Pop-Up opening times
The Cocktail Village, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Opening Hours:
Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th October: 12.00 – 23.00
Sunday 13th October: 12.00 – 19.00
The London Cocktail Week Covent Garden Pop-Up, 5-7 Grape Street, Covent Garden. Opening Hours:
Friday 4th October – Thursday 10th October: 12.00 – 23.00
As ever, LCW will also be the setting for a host of brand-led tastings, masterclasses, and parties, a full programme list for which can be found on the Drinkup.London festival website.