What’s hot and happening on the cocktail front
Throughout the month: Caketails
Mychelle’s Baketique joins J.J. Goodman for a tasty two-hour session teaching you how to make cocktails and cupcakes. Learn how to make boozy frostings such as strawberry daiquiri and pina colada buttercream, enjoy three cocktails then decorate your six cupcakes which will be packaged up for you to take home. £179 per person. Bookings on request.
London Cocktail Club, 61 Goodge Street, W1T 1TL. T: 020 7580 1960. londoncocktailclub.co.uk.
Throughout the month: Multi-sensory Cocktail Emporium at The Worship Street Whistling Shop
Two hours of cocktail drinking sensory overload focusing in the history of vodka. Includes six expressions matched with food and accompanied by imagery, sounds and scents. £95 per person, including drinks and food.
Worship Street Whistling Shop, 63 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU. T: 020 7247 0015. whistlingshop.com.
5, 13, 19 & 27 November: Afternoon Tease
Add a little sauce to your Sunday at this weekend tea-time treat served with a generous helping of burlesque on the side. Ticket price includes show, finger sandwiches, homemade scones and patisserie, plus a glass of bubbly. Seating 2.30pm, show starts 3pm. Tickets £42.
Volupte, 9 Norwich Street, EC4A 1EJ. T: 020 7831 1622. volupte-lounge.com.
5, 12, 19, 26 November: Cocktail Masterclasses
Spend two hours tasting and picking up tips on how to make the perfect cocktails, then getting behind the circular bar to make your own. Stani Visciano makes sure the classes are informative, friendly and fun. 10am-12pm. £60 per person including coffee and pastries, class, cocktails and certificate, plus one-course lunch in the adjoining restaurant.
Fifth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. T: 020 7235 5250. harveynichols.com.
6 November: The Earth, Wind and Fireworks Quiz
Enjoy toffee apples, apple bobbing and top cocktails as you test your knowledge about all things fire and fireworks at this fun-packed quiz night. Fancy dress required.
Portobello Star, 171 Portobello Road, W11 2DY. T: 020 7229 8016. portobellostarbar.co.uk.
7 & 28 November: Monday Night Film Club
Perfect now the autumn evenings are drawing in, these popular film nights get your week off to a glamorous start. 7 November: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; 28 November: Back To The Future. From 6.30pm. £15 per person including cocktail, film and nibbles.
Prism, 147 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 40J. T: 020 7256 3888. harveynichols.com.
8 November: Life Drawing
Unleash your creative side at these popular life drawing classes with Morris. 6.30pm-8.30pm; 8.30pm-10.30pm. £10 includes all materials and glass of wine.
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH. wearetbc.com.
10 & 24 November: Pin-Up Vintage Hair and Make-up
Girly fun with makeovers, cocktails and cake at Drink Shop Do, single-handedly brightening up an otherwise dreary Caledonian Road. Pay what you think it’s worth.
Drink Shop Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9XX. T: 020 3343 9138. drinkshopdo.com.
12, 19, 26 November: Classics in the Courtyard
Order your Winter Warmer cocktails, wrap up in the provided blankets and munch on gourmet popcorn or an a la carte meal before sitting back and enjoying the quality films. 12 November: Casablanca; 19 November: Breakfast at Tiffany (sold out, check for waiting list); 26 November: Streetcar Named Desire. From 7.30pm. No entry fee but £1.50 cover charge.
Hush, 8 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY. T: 020 7659 1500. hush.co.uk.
15 November: Hot Drinks
The bi-monthly themed Tuesday Tastings at The Hide Bar take in talks, samplings and tips on how to make mulled wine, blazers and egg nog. 7pm-9pm. £10 including drinks and nibbles.
The Hide Bar, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF. T: 020 7403 6655. thehidebar.com.
19 November: Holiday Cocktails Masterclass
Learn how to make eggnog, punch, the perfect Martini and Champagne cocktails for the party season from the maestros at 69 Colebrooke Row. The two-hour sessions are fun but informative and include recipes to take home. From 2pm-4pm. £40 per person including cocktails.
69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA. T: 07540 528593. 69colebrookerow.com.
24 November: Cocktails & Fragrances
Join us as we get the party season off to the perfect start when we team up with Les Senteurs for an evening of cocktails and scent. Enjoy three specially created drinks inspired by ingredients found in fragrances and have a go mixing up a cocktail yourself. 6.30pm-8.30pm. £25, or £45 for two booking together. Ticket includes Champagne on arrival, nibbles, cocktails and goody bag.
Les Senteurs, 2 Seymour Place, W1H 7NH. Bookings here.
25 November: Orpheus and Other Greek Myths
Pack your pyjamas for this slightly bonkers but brilliant Bedtime Storytelling session at this achingly trendy boutique hotel. From 7.30pm. £25 including gin cocktails and nibbles.
40 Winks, 109 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ. T: 020 7790 0259. 40winks.org.
26 November: Cocktail Masterclass
Five hours of mixing, shaking and drinking with the team at Shaker Bar School. Every person gets to show off their skills behind the bar trying their own variations of a Collins, Margarita, Daiquiri, Caiprinha, Sour and Martini. Great fun and hugely informative. 11am-4pm. £125 per person.
Shaker & Company, 119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE. T: 0870 720 2877. shaker-uk.com.