LOUISE’S FAVOURITES FOR LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK
This week (5-11th October) is the 6th London Cocktail Week.. and as a massive cocktail fan of course I couldn’t let it go unmentioned! Whether you’re a fan of a classic cosmo, espresso martini, or good old fashioned, there are SO many cocktail bars in London (and over 250 taking part in the official London Cocktail week with parties, pop-ups and even a cocktail village!) it can be hard to know which ones are the best. I’ve taken it upon myself to do a little reasearch (all in the name of B.LOVED, of course!) and check out a few of my favourites for you!
Set in an 3-storey townhouse in hip Islington this is one of the only non-basement cocktail bars on my list. Owners Adam & Katy took on the space armed with a drill and a set of marker pens, and transformed it into something unique with monochrome illustrated walls inspired by stately homes. The public bar (or the Parlour) on the Ground Floor is the perfect spot for cocktails, with DJ’s until 4am on the weekends it certainly a great spot for those who want to dance ’til dawn! Upstairs there’s a selection of more intimate bars & eating spaces for private events.
The selling point (for me at least) of The Lucky Pig is the music! With live music Tuesday-Thursday and DJ’s on the weekend, and the decor harking back to a bye-gone era, it’s the perfect place for a night of dancing and debauchery. There’s two offerings – the cocktail bar in Fitzrovia and a more toned-down option just opened in Fulham which is perfect for mid-week drinks, I love both, and I’ll be celebrating my birthday in Fitzrovia in a few weeks with my fave girls, and I can’t wait!
The Lucky Pig Fitzrovia 5 Clipstone Street, London W1W 6BB
The Lucky Pig Fulham 374 Northend Road, London SW6 1LY
Small & perfectly formed, the original Bourne & Hollinsgworth in the heart of Fitzrovia has quirky styling and a laid back with a speakeasy vibe – think hidden basement and cocktails served in vintage china. For a slightly more refined night there’s the Reverend JW Simpson bar, and Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings an all-day modern brasserie, but also keep your eyes peeled for news of their pop-up events and regular parties!
Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JF
Reverend JW Simpson Bar 32 Goodge Street, London W1W 2QJ
CGCC mixes Gentleman’s Club with New York Prohibition-era styling perfectly making it a quirky and cool British hangout, with a laid-back feel and awesome cocktails. CGCC is now a members-only club, but don’t worry, you can become a member in just 24 hours with a one-off £2 fee on the door, and you can bring up to three guests along two. It’s definitely worth the extra effort to get your foot in the door!
A bit of a wildcard here, The Doodle Bar is off the beaten track as far as bars go, located next to Battersea Park near Albert Bridge. If you fancy something a little different, creative and fun though it’s a great option – go and have a scribble on the massive chalkboard wall, play a game or two of ping ping and try some streetfood in the outside ‘beach’ area!