Cheeky Tiki creates a tropical paradise for London Cocktail Week


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A tropical drinking paradise will be created in the heart of London’s West End by interior design company Cheeky Tiki for London Cocktail Week.

Atomica Gallery in Seven Dials will be transformed into a full-blown bespoke tiki bar, serving a selection of classic rum cocktails created by award-winning bartender Andy Mil and his team from The Cocktail Trading Co.

Running from Tuesday October 7 to Sunday October 12, it will host special events throughout the week including a book signing by tiki expert Sven A Kirsten, author of Tiki Pop, and a “bluffer’s guide” to rum by Peter Holland of TheFloatingRumShack.com.

Drinks will be served in Cheeky Tiki’s own tiki mugs, which will be displayed along with other drinking vessels created by sister company Bespoke Barware (pictured). Visitors will be able to buy the vessels such as Day of the Dead skulls and their interpretation of Tretchikoff’s kitsch Blue Lady paintings.

Discounted cocktails will be available for London Cocktail Week wristband holders. Wristbands will also entitle purchasers of Bespoke Barware’s ceramic cocktail mug to have it filled and refilled. For details about wristbands, visit www.londoncocktailweek.com.

Every day at 6pm, rum tastings will be held at the Cheeky Tiki Pop-up for different brands including The Real McCoy, Ron Cubay, El Dorado and The Duppy Share.

On Tuesday October 7 at 7pm, Peter Holland will present “Four Corners of the Caribbean (or the Bluffers Guide to Rum)”. At 8pm, film producer Bailey Pryor, who founded The Real McCoy, will talk about his film about The Real McCoy which will also be screened from 6pm onwards.

On Wednesday October 8 at 7pm, Andy Mil will present a session on “The Art Of The Drinking Vessel” with Bespoke Barware. On Thursday October 9, there will be the CheekyTiki Cocktail Party with Exotica DJs from 6pm onwards.

On Friday October 10 at 7pm, Cheeky Tiki co-founder Jamie Wilson will talk about how to build a home tiki bar.

On Saturday October 11, there will be a book signing and talk at 3pm by Sven A Kirsten, author of Taschen publication Tiki Pop. At 4pm, Trader Jim (aka James Petter) will talk about “Britiki” – the history of British tiki.

All events are free and open to the public but contact rsvp@atomicagallery.com to sign up. Atomica Gallery is at 29 Shorts Gardens.

The CheekyTiki Pop-Up Bar will be open and serving cocktails on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 9pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

Visit www.londoncocktailweek.com for more details about London Cocktail Week which runs from October 6 to 12.

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