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London Cocktail Week is a yearly returning London event whereby 200 bars in London ‘’open’’ their doors for the public so to speak, with each one showcasing a signature cocktail for that week for a fiver.
With Old Spitalfields Market as the epicentre of the event, and where you can pick-up your much needed wristband, some of the bars also have a pop-up here. As the day started at the Market, my attention fell on the Shochu Lounge pop-up. Known by it's sexy & modern Japanese bar in the basement of Roka Charlotte Street, it serves creative cocktails made with Japanese ingredients.
A cool bar completely in Japanese style, from the kimono worn by the bartenders, to the anime on the walls.
I got served the Raspberry & Shiso (herb from the mint family). It was a deliciously creamy, fruity and sweet delicious tasty cocktail. It was made from the following:
- Akashi Tai plum
- Green tea kombucha (sweetened tea)
- Botanika herbal (a botanical vodka)
- Yuzu honey (tangerine like fruit)
Pop-in at Shochu Lounge for a true Japanese experience and bring your date to try some unique cocktails.
Next up I made my way to Cahoots. It’s kinda hard to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The clue is in a train station sign, and probably the railway conductor.
It’s an energetic place with 1940’s music, waiters & bartenders dressed like they’re out of a classic movie, all of that enjoyed sitting in a London tube.
What I had was the Smuggler’s Top, a citrusy-sweet like cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cointreau, lime juice, Indian syrup, lemon & thyme.
It just wasn’t that exciting to shout it down the train tracks, but what I loved was that the whole concept is well thought about and is just spot on! Take a couple of friends, relax with you other half or even bring your parents. They might like to music!
My final visit was a special one. A "secret" bar (so far secret do you think).
Below Milroy's, London's oldest specialty whisky store, look for a bookcase you will find the entrance to The Vault. Quote ''The Vault'' to the bartender, push the bookcase and walk down the staircase.
There, you will find a speakeasy focusing on Whisky (obviously). Dimmed lights, simple design with small wooden tables and Chesterfields, and a more private space in the back. Plus a pretty, pretty well-stocked bar.
You better book in advance or visit early, as it will be packed from the moment it opens.
I had the Liquid Dream. I'm not a big fan of Whisky, but this Old Fashioned-style drink, made me order one more. A perfectly balanced Rosemary infused Buffalo Terrace Bourbon, fresh pear, honey & lemon zest cocktail.
Best to go with a small group of mates to enjoy some good drinks, or with that special one.
London Cocktail Week, a great change to explore the London bar scene. 2017 booked-in already.