What’s hot and happening in October
Throughout the month: Multi-sensory Cocktail Emporium at The Worship Street Whistling Shop
A world first: two hours of cocktail drinking sensory overload focusing in the history of rum and rum drinking from the 17thcentury to today. Include six fabulous rum expressions matched with food and accompanied by imagery, sounds and scents from each area.
Two sittings per evening: 6pm-8pm and 8.30pm-10.30pm. £95 per person, including rum and food.
63 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU. T: 020 7247 0015.
To 16 October: World Class Cocktail Exhibition at Harrods
Discover the history of cocktail making, future trends and tips on how to make the perfect mixed drinks at home at this very special event designed to showcase Diageo’s brand heritage and the excellence of the World Class competition. The complimentary talks and masterclasses include Dinner Party Cocktails, innovative ways of drinking whisky and a step-by-step guide on how to mix the perfect Martini.
Exhibition Gallery, third floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL. T: 020 7730 1234
1 October: Homemade Cordials & Syrups
Learn 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
2, 9, 16 & 30 October: Scrabble Sundays
Kick back with friends (or pop along and make new ones) while showing off your Scrabble skills. Cocktails served all day.
Drink Shop Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9XX. T: 020 3343 9138. drinkshopdo.com
2 & 30 October: D.I.Y. Bloody Mary’s & Sunday Roast
Says what it does on the tin. Chill out, check the papers, mix up your own Bloody Mary and enjoy with the excellent Sunday roast.
100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH. T: 020 7684 8618. wearetbc.com
3 & 31 October: Monday Night Film Club
Perfect now the autumn evenings are drawing in, these popular film nights get your week off to a glamorous start. 3 October: And God Created Woman (Brigette Bardot); 31 October: Beetlejuice (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis).
From 6.30pm. £15 per person including cocktail, film and nibbles.
Prism, 147 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 40J. T: 020 7256 3888
4 October: Bartender Mastermind
Watch as five bartenders battle it out in the fifth quiz to find out who knows most about drink in the industry. Each contestant answers questions on their specialised subject before testing their general drinks knowledge. The winner of each heat wins a shiny iPad 2 and a place in the grand final in November.
Doors open and drinking starts at 6pm; lights down and competition 7.30pm.
The Player, 8-10 Broadwick Street, W1F 8HN. T: 020 7065 6841
4 October: Autumn Drinks
The bi-monthly themed Tuesday Tastings at The Hide Bar take in talks and samplings of the new season’s menu including classics and a few new inventions.
7-9pm. £10 including drinks and nibbles.
39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF. T: 020 7403 6655
4 October: Lillet Twisted Vesper Competition
The London heat of the Lillet Twisted Vesper competition promises ingenious interpretations of the classic Bond drink. Whoever takes first place will join the winners from Manchester and Edinburgh in the grand finals in Paris next month.
12pm-3pm. Aqua Spirit, 240 Regent Street, W1B 3BR. T: 020 7478 0540
4 October: Simply Whisky Cocktail Extravaganza
A don’t miss evening for whisky lovers featuring Colin Dunn of Diageo, Stuart Fritz from LAB Bar and Erik Lorincz from the American Bar at The Savoy. The evening starts with tastings of three single malt whiskies, experienced neat then in a cocktail and ends with Erik creating a cocktail containing the world’s oldest whisky – the Mortlach 70 year-old, 1938.
£5 including tastings.
6.45pm for bagpipes; tastings start at 7pm. Tickets from simplywhisky.com
LAB Bar, 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ. T: 020 7437 7820
6-16 October: Museum of Cocktails at Harvey Nichols
Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols gets London Cocktail Week off to a fantastic start with this pop-up bar celebrating a centenary of mixed drinks. Choose from ten of the most popular cocktails from the past century including the Knickerbocker Martini (1910), The Mai Tai (1940s) and Long Island Iced Tea (1980s). Customers will be given recipe cards when they order the cocktails and specially created displays will be scattered throughout the Fifth Floor alongside original Bacardi items from the corresponding eras.
Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. T: 020 7235 5000
PICK OF THE MONTH:
7-16 October: London Cocktail Week
Ten whole days of serious cocktailing fun, starting with The Whisky Show on Day One, and moving along nicely to the fabulous Rum Fest at the Finale. In between there’ll be workshops, masterclasses, competitions and a whole lot of quality cocktails at £4 each for LCW wristband wearers. Make sure you’re part of the biggest party of the year.
For more details, see here
13 October: Cocktails Through Time
Part of London Cocktail Week. Join the Societe Perrier crew including Joe McCanta and us for an evening of cocktails and merriment through the ages.
6.30pm-8.30pm, tickets £15
McQueen’s, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4AA
14 October: The London Shortlist
Oops, it’s us again, this time hosting a seminar on our two favourite subjects: cocktails and London. Join us for a fun and informative session where we discuss (and taste) some of the finest drinks to emerge from the capital.
6pm-7pm. Tickets £15
The Speakeasy at Gordon’s, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
14 October: Cocktails & Canapes Masterclass
Get your practice in early for the party season at this popular masterclass pairing classic cocktails with moreish canapes.
Waitrose Cookery School, 199 Finchley Road, (Goldhurst Terrace entrance), NW3 6NN. T: 020 343 9138
14 October: Cigar lunch at The Garden Room at The Lanesborough
Hey, big spender, why not splash your cash at this exclusive lunch pairing the finest cigars, wines and cognacs in the world with a mindblowing gastronomic lunch? Director of Bars Guiseppe Ruo will be on hand to guide guests through the selection and if you’re still feeling flush, get bidding for the special-edition cigar humidor created for the 165th year of Partagas. The reserve is a mere £4,000…
12.30pm-4.30pm; Tickets cost £475. Reservations on email@example.com
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA. T: 020 7333 7023
15 October: Coquette at Kettners
Glamorous girls take note: this one has your name written all over it. Spend an entire afternoon enjoying makeovers, manicures and vintage hair-dos then gen up on the arts of cocktail-making, kissing and dancing. Cocktails, cake and fun guaranteed.
Call 020 7734 6112 for bookings and details.
Kettner’s, 29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP
15 October: 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.
Please check shaker-uk.com for details of new venue.
27 October: Pin-Up Vintage Hair and Make-up
Girly fun with makeovers, cocktails and cake at Drink Shop Do, single-handedly brightening up Caledonian Road.
Pay what you think it’s worth.
Drink Shop Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9XX. T: 020 3343 9138
29 October: Halloween Cocktails Masterclass
Have some fun making ghoulish cocktails to spook out the folks at home.
From 2pm-4pm. £40 per person including cocktails
69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA. T: 07540 528593
31 October: Halloween Cocktails at Living Room
Oh come on, why not? Try a Zombie, Corpse Reviver#2, Blood & Sand or Deadly Nightshade.
Heddon Street, W1B 4BE. T: 020 70570