Hendrick’s carnival of knowlege visits London Cocktail Week


london cocktail week logoHendrick’s Gin will be bringing its trademark quirkiness and inventiveness to London Cocktail Week through a visit by its Carnival of Knowledge.

Its “travelling parlour of enlightenment” will be in the gothic setting of the Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse at 33 Fitzroy Square in the heart of Fitzrovia from October 11 to 13.

Saturday October 12 will feature a day of salons and workshops from 1pm to 11pm under the banner of “A London Day of the Dead”, presented by Antique Beat. They will uncover the deathly history of London and the deaths of famous Londoners and the afterlife. Some shows are free, others are ticketed.

Other ticketed events will include The Chemistry of Cocktails, featuring Steve Pearce, chief executive of Omega Ingredients, on the subtle magic of the Martinez and the science behind a Sazerac. Former president of the British Society of Flavorists, Steve is a leading figure in food science. His session is on Friday October 11 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

The Last Supper, cooked and presented by The Clove Club chefs, is described as a “ghoulish meal” that “will take you on a journey through the darkest recesses of your imagination”. Including cocktails, it is on Saturday October 12 from 7.30pm to 11pm.

The history of London’s 18th-century coffee houses and gin palaces will be explored on Sunday October 13 from 4pm to 5pm at a session presented by The Idler Academy and Dr Matthew Green.

Award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana of White Lyan bar in Shoreditch, east London, and chef Shay Ola, founder of the Rebel Dining Society, will present “Sunday lunch in 2063” that evening. Starting with a short lecture, it imagines dining 50 years in the future with a thought-provoking dining experience that explores our relationship between sustainability and the future of the food and drink we consume. It is on Sunday October 13 from 7pm to 8.30pm and includes cocktails.

Throughout the three days from midday to 10pm, the building will be host to Hendrick’s Parlour Bar, where gin and tonics and cocktails can be enjoyed alongside unusual characters and eye-opening wisdom.

To book tickets, visit www.londoncocktailweek.com.

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