One event to put in your diary: the finest weekend-long celebration of London’s unrivalled drinks scene, Cocktails in the City returns for the hugely popular summer edition on Friday (28th July). Taking place in the stunning leafy environs of Bedford Square Gardens, Cocktails in the City brings together London’s 25 most inventive and original cocktail bars in pop-up form, as they compete to be crowned Best Bar, seducing attendees with show stopping cocktails, and vying for flavour with quirky inventions.

Cocktails in the City: The Lowdown

Cocktails in the City is a bar-hopper’s paradise, bringing together the cream of London’s illustrious cocktail culture, all within sipping distance of each other. Guests are greeted with a village of pop-up bars to explore, each with their own unique aesthetic, hosting tastings, workshops, games and of course, talented mixologists putting a personal twist on their summery cocktail creations.

Cocktails in the City: What to Expect

For two days only, an eclectic array of the city’s best bars, cherry picked by Cocktails in the City will be popping up with their signature serves in this enchanting central London location. Bask in the sun, sample innovative cocktails, taste-test new spirits and liqueurs, and follow the world’s leading bartenders on a whirlwind tour of cocktail exploration. Perfect for cocktail connoisseurs and casual bar grazers alike, guests can discover hipster hangouts and rub shoulders with exclusive institutions as they embark on the city’s ultimate cocktail tour.

Cocktails in the City: Drink 

From atmospheric gin parlours, elusive rum dens, secret speakeasies, decadent party bars and elegant 5* hotel bars; Cocktails in the City is the only event where all sectors of London’s cocktail scene can be found in one place and at one time. Peruse the plethora of innovative bars and discover new neighbourhoods all in one space. Pop in for a Belvedere martini at Fitzrovia favourite Reverend JW Simpson, sip on Hixter’s clever Freya Birchwood concoction and taste-test Cocktail Trading Company’s extravagant Old Forester drinks, all set to the backdrop of live music, workshops, street-food and DJs in the leafy surroundings of London’s finest private Georgian garden.

Guests are encouraged to try their hand behind the bar, explore new and innovative trends, sip on some of the world’s newest and most premium spirit and liqueur inventions and taste unusual and rare ingredients as Cocktails in the City takes you on a cocktail adventure through London’s drinks scene in one day.

Cocktails in the City runs from Friday 28th to Saturday 29th July. Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA. Tickets are priced at £15 and include a cocktail.