London Cocktail Week – now extended to the whole month of October 2021 – has announced its event schedule, and it’s a cracker. Alongside a timetable of unmissable parties, pop-ups, masterclasses and immersive experiences for everyone from amateur to expert, 250 hand-picked venues from London’s highly celebrated bar scene will be knocking out special Signature Cocktails for just £7 a pop all month long to those wearing a wristband.

Wristbands are £15 and can be used throughout the month of October, available here. 

London Cocktail Week 2021: The Best of the Pop-Ups

1. For a Multi-Sensorial Drinking Experience: The Essence House 

The Lowdown: The heart of the hub for London Cocktail Week in Covent Garden, The Essence House will be an immersive, multi-sensorial drinking experience, which allows you to understand your personal palate profile. With expert guidance, you will enjoy an intricate series of flavour and aroma tests, designed to help you uncover new ways to reimagine taste and understand the impact of effervescence, temperature, and garnish.

The Details: 01-24 October 2021 | Full Essence House Experience including 2 cocktails, £20 | Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, WC2E 9DP

2. For a Sustainable Experience: Discard Spirits Co.

The Lowdown: Zero-waste spirits brand, Discarded Spirits Co. is launching a first of its kind and decidedly unique drinking experience: The World’s Most Rubbish Bar. Immersive, stylish and sustainable, it will take locally sourced to another level, with the world’s leading bars including the likes of The NoMad, Silo, Lyaness, Artesian and Eve Bar, transforming ‘waste’ into exquisite sustainable Discarded cocktails.

The Details: 15-17 October 2021 | Two Hour Experience, including 5 cocktails, £20 | The Ditch, Old Street, EC1V 9LT

3. For American Whiskey: Buffalo Bourbon

The Lowdown: The acclaimed Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up by Buffalo Trace is back this London Cocktail Week, with a month-long celebration of whiskey and cocktails. The Buffalo Bourbon Empire is an immersive experience celebrating everything cocktail culture, taking over Milroy’s of Spitalfields for the month of October. The iconic four-story whiskey venue will host a full calendar of entertaining, engaging and educational cocktail masterclasses, food pairing experiences and tasting events showcasing rare and exceptional spirits.

The Details: 01-31 October 2021 | Free Entry, cocktails from £7 for wristband wearers | Milroy’s of Shoreditch, 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY

4. For a Wilderness Escape: BrewDog

The Lowdown: The BrewDog Lost Forest is a world of its own. Situated in the buzzing hub of Covent Garden, escape to the wilderness, head into the woods and experience an incredible range of bespoke cocktails and exclusive access to the brand new Brewdog spirits portfolio launching in October.

Brewdog in Seven Dials will transform its upper level bar into a thriving Scottish forest for the whole month of London Cocktail Week, featuring a lush selection of ‘zero waste’ rum, vodka and gin cocktails (all brand new spirits) a series of forest themed events, a curated ‘living wall’ for the ultimate plant-powered selfie. Every single element of the cocktails served will be edible – from the cups to the liquid to the garnish.

The Details: 01-31 October | Free entry, cocktails from £7 for wristband wearers | Brewdog Seven Dials, 142 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8HJ

5. For a Jazzy Affair: Salon Courvoisier

The Lowdown: Nightjar, Oriole and Courvoisier have partnered to bring to you Salon Courvoisier throughout October. Indulge in beautifully crafted cocktails with the World’s Most Awarded Cognac House, deliciously paired food and vibrant live music composed by musicians creating the future of modern jazz. The perfect opportunity to bring everyone together at the end of the day to celebrate and be joyful.

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London Cocktail Week 2021: The Best of the Events

6. For a Cocktail & Cactus Grafting Workshop:  PRICK LDN and Horse with No Name 

The Lowdown: Horse with No Name (a brand new bourbon infused with habanero), has partnered with PRICK, London’s first cacti and succulent boutique, to create a unique event for cactus and cocktail lovers. Join PRICK founder and self-proclaimed cactus addict Gynelle Leon and the Horse with No Name saloon team for a one-of-a-kind workshop to practice the art of cactus grafting – a form of tissue engineering that has been practised for thousands of years – and learn how to make your favourite bourbon cocktails.

With a cocktail in hand and guided by Gynelle, discover how to combine creativity and plant propagation to create your own unique cactus to take home. The Horse with No Name saloon team will then host a cocktail masterclass at the bar, where you will try flights of different bourbon cocktails to discover your favourite and learn how to make it.

The Details: 06-10 October 2021 | £40 per person to include two cocktails, a cocktail tasting flight and potted PRICK cactus to take home | Shallow Roots, Unit 14 Palmers Road, E2 0SY

7. For an Evening With Your Pals: Brown-Forman

The Lowdown: Get the gang back together at these events designed by Brown-Forman to help you immerse yourself in cocktail culture whilst catching up with your friends. With socialising having been off the cards for too long, these events are designed to elevate your evening with a memorable sensory experience without jeopardising the chance to connect with pals.

From a coffee tour with Slane Irish Whiskey, to Fords Gin Martini and Oyster Pairing evenings, an evening learning about the power of aroma with Woodford Reserve, to an elaborate Caledonian Forest whisky pairing dinner with Benriach, join Brown-Forman for a month-long exploration of all the city has to offer.

The Details: 01-31 October | Cocktails and paired snacks from £7 for wristband wearers | London-wide

8. For Food and Cocktail Pairings: Bacardi

The Lowdown: Exploration is on the menu this autumn as family-owned drinks company Bacardi invites cocktail lovers on a journey of rediscovery through the capital, via a series of food and cocktail pairings around the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Take a sensory voyage and enjoy the craftmanship of the city’s best bartenders as they serve up extraordinary food and drink experiences, featuring Patrón tequila, Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, Bacardì rum and many more.

From Taco Tuesdays at Satan’s Whiskers and Botanical Masterclasses at The Hoxton to a Lyaness takeover by the world-renowned team from Two Schmucks in Barcelona, there will be an explosion of flavours on offer. Everyone will find something to entice them to dive back into London’s world-leading cocktail scene.

The Details: 01-31 October | Cocktails and paired snacks from £7 for wristband wearers | London-wide