he 13th iteration of London Cocktail Week will take place throughout the city next month.
As ever, the drinks festival promises to be bigger and better than ever when it kicks off — but this year, it just might be, as the format has been overhauled.
From discounted drinks by the world’s leading bartenders to mixology masterclasses and musical extravaganzas, here’s how to get involved.
What is the new format?
The cocktail village, which was once headquartered in east London’s Old Spitalfields Market, has evolved into four new regions for its 13th edition.
London Cocktail Week will be held in four so-called “Little Cocktail Villages” across the city, each with immersive pop-up bars.
The locations of the micro-hubs are Eccleston Yards in Belgravia, Borough Yards in Southwark, Covent Garden in the West End, and Devonshire Square in Liverpool Street.
London Cocktail Week organisers Hannah Sharman-Cox and Siobhan Payne said in a joint statement: “We love to showcase our festival and our city to their full potential – stretching to four Little Cocktail Villages felt like a natural next step for 2022.
“We can’t wait to make this year’s festival even bigger, even more inclusive and showcasing even more areas of the city.”
When is London Cocktail Week?
Sharman-Cox and Payne announced in March that this year the week will cover two weekends and last 11 days, from October 13 to October 23.
Entry to the mini hubs will be free and visitors can enjoy specially created cocktails for £7 each after buying a wristband for £15.
The discount works across 300 bars in London, each of whom have created signature cocktails for the event.
Participating venues include Tāyer + Elementary, Blue Bar at The Berkeley, Punch Room at The London Edition, and Artesian at The Langham, alongside new bars such as Seed Library, The Aubrey at Mandarin Oriental, and Soda & Friends.
On top of enjoying a discounted cocktail, the 11-day event will include masterclasses, dinners, parties and takeovers with bartenders from across the world.
Wristbands are available to purchase now from londoncocktailweek.com
What is the history of London Cocktail Week?
London Cocktail Week launched in 2010 as a pop-up in Selfridges. Over the past 12 years, the number of London bars participating has grown from 50 to nearly 300.
Its success means the team behind the annual celebration also take care of London Wine Week and London Beer Week.