Cocktails In The City London goes subterreanean for its 2019 spring edition
It’s nearly that time again as one of my favourite festivals returns to the capital. If you’re like me and can’t resist a cocktail, then you can’t miss this three-day mixology extravaganza.
Cocktails In The City is a bi-annual cocktail festival featuring some of London’s best bars all under one roof. This year, the spring edition of the event will be moving to the atmospheric tunnels underneath Waterloo station. The Vaults will be transformed into a maze of sensory drink experiences over 4 – 6 April 2019. Expect plenty of drinking establishments, hidden rooms and top mixologists showing off their skills as they compete to be crowned the best bar.
This year, CITC will be curating seven arches offering different drinking experiences:
- The Secret Garden
Discover a world full of flora and fauna, overflowing with plants and botanicals. Explore B&H Buildings’ sensory Greenhouse on the mezzanine where you can choose your garnishes from the hanging plants discover new botanical cocktails with Mr Fogg’s and enjoy a drink in the garden.
- The Good Times Vault
Your favourite party bars such as London Cocktail Club will be ready to play. The drinks are always strong, the music is always loud and the night is always young.
- The Experimental Lab
Learn from the famed industry mavericks driving the city’s cocktail trends. Marvel at their cocktail wizardry in the experimental lab and get a sneak peek of the innovative techniques used to create award-winning drinks.
- The House of Luxe
Sit back, relax and enjoy luxurious surroundings and sumptuous champagne drinks from London’s most exclusive cocktail institutions.
- The Underground Bunker
Bringing you raucous good old-fashioned fun, step back in time with Cahoots as they bring their underground tube carriage to play.
- The Neighbourhood
With new bars popping up all over London, find a new favourite as CITC bring you the critics’ pick of neighbourhood hangouts from a multitude of further afield boroughs.
- Become an international jetsetter
Be swept away to the giddy romance of Florence and sample negronis galore in a bar all the way from bella Italia.
Other experiences include The Tasting Flight (sample three cocktails and pick your favourite) and the Sensory Cocktail Journey where sight, sound and smell are used to create a bespoke cocktail. Among the bars taking part are Mr Fogg’s, Cahoots, The Four Sisters, TT Liquor, Ella Canta, B&H Buildings, Heads + Tails, Trailer Happiness, London Cocktail Club, Novikov, Six Storeys Soho, Trader Vic’s, Oxo Tower Bar, Black Rock and the Campari Negroni Bar.
- Cocktails In The City runs from 4 – 6 April 2019 at The Vaults, Leake Street tunnel, Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo or Lambeth North. Open 6pm-12am. Tickets: £20 including a cocktail. All cocktails cost £7.50 each. For more information and booking, visit the Cocktails In The City website.
For a guide to what’s on in London in April, click here.