Details have been announced for this year’s London Cocktail Week, including a bigger hub in Soho and a takeover of Old Spitalfields Market.
The whole 1,200 square metres of the historic covered market in east London will become a “cocktail village” of pop-up bars, trucks, vans and bicycles serving up drinks. There will also be street food stalls and live music.
Running from October 5 to 11, the festival is also returning to Soho where drinks group Diageo will be bringing the World Class London Cocktail Week Hub to the site of The Vinyl Factory in Poland Street. Now in its sixth year, London Cocktail Week formerly had its main hub in Seven Dials in Covent Garden.
The week-long programme will also feature master classes, supper clubs and self-guided Cocktail Tours which will see 250 of the capital’s best bars offer specially created cocktails for £5 to wristband wearers.
Wristbands, which cost £10 and are available now at LondonCocktailWeek.com, will be available to pick up along with a free pocket bar guide from both the hubs. The wristbands will also entitle visitors to £5 cocktails at Old Spitalfields Market. Wristbands will be available to members of the trade for free.
As well as £5 cocktails in all partner venues and pop-ups, wristband wearers can benefit from many other offers around town. Other highlights of London Cocktail Week will include the World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony.
Festival director Siobhan Payne said: “Having hit record numbers in 2014 with more than 22,000 guests attending the festival, we knew that London Cocktail Week was ready to move to an ever bigger home.
“The London Cocktail Week Village in Old Spitalfields Market and the much bigger World Class London Cocktail Week Hub in Soho is definitely going to take the festival to that next level.”