It seems that there is now a Day of the Year for everything. Today, for instance, is apparently Mouldy Cheese Day – but of course you already knew that. Last month no doubt you celebrated Hug Your Hound Day, and I do hope you are looking forward to World Porridge Day tomorrow. Endless celebrations to be had! One of my favourites (naturally) is London Cocktail Week which takes place this year from the 6th to 12th of October.

London Cocktail WeekNow in its fifth year, London Cocktail Week is the biggest drinks festival in the UK with over 250 bars primed to shake and stir you toward a delicious cocktail.

london cocktail week

To be part of London Cocktail Week 2014, festival-goers must buy a wristband, which costs £15 from one of the hubs scattered around town. Wristbands give  access to the huge amount of free sampling and cocktail demonstrations, as well as the renowned self-guided Cocktail Tours across the capital. Many of the bars also offer £4 cocktails to wristband-wearers.


Dutiful as ever, I took it upon myself to visit the new Hixter at Bankside, one of the many establishments on the list for an after-work stop off.  The £4 cocktail on offer was called Tanqueray Autumnal Orchard: Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, pressed apple juice, Martini Rosso an elderflower cordial, served long over ice.

Hixter Bankside

Mark’s Bar at Hixter Bankside lives up to expectations set by its sister in Soho, where I got the best seats in the house. It’s cool, dimly lit, comfortable and quirky. Exposed brickwork, floor to ceiling windows and expert design reflect the building’s origins as an old metal box factory. I sunk into the cinema-style folding chair at the bar and sipped on my elegant autumnal drink. Cheers!


  1. Caity @ Where The Heart Is October 10, 2014 / 11:22 am

    Love finding bars and pubs around that I haven’t heard of before, so thank you for this! I’ve been seeing Cocktail Week pop up on the banners around the city, and have been wanting to go – Having a week dedicated to drinking tasty cocktails sounds like £15 well spent to me!

    • harriet October 29, 2014 / 1:39 pm

      No problem Caity, hope you got to slurp up some good ones!

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