SB’s guide to London Cocktail Week 2018

26th September, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

For its ninth year, London Cocktail Week (LCW) is moving to a bigger and better home next week. SB highlights 10 unmissable events for the trade.

The Drink Up London bar will return for the 2018 event

Guests to this year’s festival, which will take place from 1­-7 October, will find The Cocktail Village at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane from 3­-7 October.

New for 2018, the village will be offering a dedicated space to showcase smaller, up-­and­-coming brands. The ‘New and Niche’ area will feature small brands some of which are yet to launch in the UK.

Also making a comeback will be the Drink Up London bar, which will offer an array of libations. Those keen to try their hand at concocting their own drinks can learn more about the art of cocktail making through the Cocktail Experiments workshops.

Guests can expect to see a number of activations from drinks brands big and small, with 40 pop-up bars across the venue.

Following feedback, the LCW team has dialled down on the formal learning elements of the event and is offering an increased focus on evening activities.

Digital pass holders will enjoy £6 festival cocktails in 300 of the city’s best watering holes, free entry to The Cocktail Village, pop-­ups and parties.

Hannah Sharman-­Cox, founder of Drink Up London and London Cocktail Week, said: “With our 10th birthday just around the corner, we’re excited to warm up with this year’s new additions, a new site for The Cocktail Village and our VIP packages.

“We can’t wait to invite even more cocktail lovers to the new space at The Old Truman Brewery. We’re hoping fans of London Cocktail Week and newcomers can fully immerse themselves in a vibrant week, jam-packed with top class cocktails, parties, pop-ups and more.”

More than 25,000 cocktail lovers took part in last year’s event, which claims to be the world’s biggest cocktail festival.

Click through the following pages for our top picks for London Cocktail Week 2018, in chronological order. 

A digital pass costs £10 and is available from

Members of the trade are eligible for free digital passes, to register visit!/

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