If there’s one thing that DesignMyNight know all about - It’s the best bars in London. From secret hideaways that require a password for entry, to slick Soho joints where experts rustle up award-winning hot toddies and alcohol-free creations in iconic surroundings... Here the team have rounded up their must-try recommendations for London Cocktail Week 2023, so that you can snap up £8 Signature Serves in style!
Leighanne: Senior Marketing & PR Manager
"I've been asked about my favourite place in London a lot and I always have to break it down into categories, but Swift Soho takes the spot as my must-visit bar."
You can always have the craic with staff, the music leans into 80s pop and the atmosphere is charged with Soho energy. Their Irish Coffees and Sgroppinos are magical - and no doubt they'll be mixing up something super special for this year's festival.
Katie Houghton: Head of Brand and B2C
"I've got a soft spot for the weird and the wonderful - and nowhere does it quite like The Last Tuesday Society."
An intimate and, dare I say, romantic destination full of moody corners and big bones... Viktor Wynd's boozy concoction of oddities and absinthe go hand in hand to create something unusual - Their 'Chocolate Absinthe Sazerac' is normally my go to! An LCW wristband means you can get something both peculiar, and delicious, at an excellent price, I can't wait.
Anisah: Managing Editor
"I might be pregnant this time around, but the bump won’t stop me from hitting up London Cocktail Week… responsibly, of course."
I’ve heard that Baccarat Bar at Harrods shakes up some slick low-abv concoctions, so I’ll be sampling these before heading to Studio Frantzén upstairs for a little rooftop dining. With so many delicious cocktails in such gorgeous venues, this Harrods haunt is a great shout during LCW as you can try two elevated serves under one roof.
Lauren: Junior Editor
"I’ll be booking a table at Fitz’s in the Grade II listed Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel this year. Why? Not only is this a truly decadent den, but it’s also home to a favourite drinking experience of mine: The Theory of Colour."
The interactive menu helps you choose what to sip based on which painting you’re most attracted to, with ingredients and names unveiled by a UV torch.
Kavita Singh: Senior Editor
"I’ll be on the hunt for all the date night spots dotted around the city, and London Cocktail Week provides the perfect opportunity to explore."
I’ve been obsessed with finding hidden gems (you can consult my TikTok FYP if you don’t believe me) and I can’t say enough about underground bar Lucy Wong. Based on a fictional character from the novel ‘The World of Suzie Wong’, this venue combines Chinese culture and speakeasy vibes to bring a pretty romantic drinking den. As for drinks? The Eastern Sour is a must.
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