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London Cocktail Week: World Class Edit

Yes, it’s that time of year again! London’s bars and restaurants compete to bring us the tastiest, most novel cocktails. But it isn’t all about the latest unlikely combination of ingredients, it can be all about the classics; whisky, vodka – particularly gin, with which London has had a long love affair.

So, now into its eighth year, London Cocktail Week and World Class have combined forces to bring London the rather wonderful-sounding Cocktail Village in one of SEEN’s favourite places Old Spitalfields Market. Therein, you will find the Tanqueray no. Ten aqua shard Terrace, bringing a little flavour of the spectacular Shard down to earth; the Ketel One Vodka Kitchen, where you can sip espresso martinis from draft. Make SEEN’s a large one. If you’re more of a whisky person, check out Bulleit Bourbon’s ‘Woody’ where Jenna Ba, Brand Ambassador will be hosting hands-on masterclasses throughout this week.

Your go-to mixer brand, Fever Tree, will be hosting a pop-up at the Festival, of course, bringing tasty botanicals into the mix. For added joy, the Fever-Tree Escape Room will sit behind the Fever-Tree bar and is made up of a series of challenges that must be solved in a secret room hidden away in the iconic Cocktail Village. Guests must use taste, smell, sight and touch in order to complete each section and move on to the next step and eventually escape. The interactive tasks provide a sensory and educational experience as well as an exclusive look into the brand new mixers from the Fever-Tree range. In the race against the clock, the team who come out with the top score at the end of the week will win a whisky tour in Scotland, with various surprise prizes being gifted throughout the week. In any event, have their tonic water 50/50 with your favourite gin, add ice and lemon. We’ll be stirring ours no less than fifty times. SEEN likes to keep it old-school…

Meanwhile, elsewhere in our great city, the World Class Edit will be underway. The Oriole X World Class opening party took place on the 2nd at Smithfields. Guests were warmed be Bulleit Borbon cocktails and entertained with live blues by the Eric Ranzoni trio. SEEN will be attending the World Class Garden to Glass at Ham Yard Hotel on the terrace, in which home-grown ingredients such as lavender, jasmine, tomatoes, scotch bonnet chillies and honey promise some very interesting flavour combinations. Bloody Mary classes with a spicy twist and a Tanqueray Collins made with ingredients from home should make mixologists out of the best of us.

There will also be the Don Julio ‘La Cantina Bar’ at Tequila Fest giving guests the opportunity to sample this original luxury tequila and learn something of its process and heritage. A 1940’s Chevy pick-up will be carrying a draught cocktail bar serving Don Julio Tommys, Margaritas and Palomas for the weekend of the 7th and 8th. Brand Ambassador Deano Moncrieffe will be on hand to advise you.

This is but a fraction of the experiences on offer. Visit the website for festival passes. Drink responsibly, you’ll have so much more fun if you do. Cheers.

Cocktail Village
Old Spitalfields Market
E1 6EW

Ham Yard Hotel
1 Ham Yard