Following sell-out events last summer and earlier in the year, the summer edition of Cocktails in the City, one of London’s very best cocktail parties, took place in the last weekend in July in Bedford Square, one of the city’s pretties garden squares. Offering visitors a selection of tasting tables and cocktail masterclasses along with live music, jazz and cabaret, mini-golf from Mother Putters – because that’s always a top idea after a cocktail or two – and edible goodies aplenty from top street food vendors it was the perfect weekend treat for cocktail lovers.
Running both during the day and in the evening, the atmosphere was relaxed with chilled music and the weather behaved itself allowing people to sip in the sunshine.
Tokens were available at £7.50 a pop allowing you to sample drinks from 25 bars from around London including Battersea craft cocktail kings, Powder Keg Diplomacy, the chaps behind the atmospheric Fitzrovia basement den, Rev JW Simpson, Hawksmoor’s little sister Foxlow, the inventive Loves Company, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, the ever-reliable London Cocktail Club (still great, still one of our top spots, Looking Glass Cocktail Club, the always creative CTC, Soho gin gods, Graphic, the talented guys at The Blind Pig and the team behind bunker-bar Cahoots. That’s only the tip of things. There were 25 bars in attendance and the cream of London’s cocktail scene were represented.
Bedford Square made a lovely setting for the event, elegant and green. There were picnic tables laid out for people to relax around with their drinks and the whole vibe was very laid back. There were some brilliant drinks on offer including wonderfully refreshing watermelon mojitos from the guys at Big Chill served in a watermelon bowl and designed to share, the fruit mixed with rum, mint and lime juice.
The Walk on the Wild Side by the team of geniuses at Loves Company was served in a flowerpot with a sprig of the herb of your choice and came with black forest gateau ‘soil’. Made with vodka, lemon, soda, and herb syrup, it was as tasty as it was distinctive.
Three Six Six took a hands on approach to the event getting people to play games as well as serving awesome hotdogs from Rockadollar Dogs, including a lip-smacking pork dog with pulled pork, lime summer slaw, yakisoba BBQ sauce, smoked paprika pork scratchings and Kewpie mayo. There as also barbecue and Brazilian street food to much on. Once you’d refuelled in style, it was time to hit the cocktails once more. If you’re at all interested in the shape of London’s cocktail scene then this was the event for you.