Jason Allen 02/07/19

Cocktails in the City: Summer Edition

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Fact: in heat like this, it’s advisable to drink more fluids.

Other fact: cocktails are made from fluids.

Obvious conclusion: you should go to the Summer Edition of Cocktails in the City. It could save your life.

And apart from that, it could also save your weekend thanks to the fact that it’s essentially going to be the best al fresco summer garden party in the city. Which is something we feel we can confidently assert because no other al fresco summer garden parties are going to have 25 of the best bars in London (and, by extension, the world) packed into a lush private garden in the heart of the West End for two glorious days this July.

Cocktails In The City 2018

That private garden is in Bedford Square, a stone’s throw from the British Museum, and usually closed off to the public. You, however, will get to saunter into its sun-dappled, bunting-strewn, tree-lined Georgian-era sanctuary, and slake the powerful thirst you’ve likely built up thanks to all that sauntering with a complimentary cocktail from one of the two dozen pop ups that have been set up. The illustrious shortlist all vying for your vote as “London’s Best Bar” includes Genuine Liquorette, Mint Gun Club, Mr Foggs, Opium, Swingers, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Nightjar, Cahoots, and a whole load more. 17, specifically.

There are also games, tastings, masterclasses, and immersive multi-sensory setups (from a tropical oasis to a botanical garden)  — and if you’re hoping for something edible to help soak up the refreshments, then you’ll be happy to know that there’ll be crispy gyoza from Rainbo; black dough pizza from Lost Boys; inventive fusion dishes from Indian Street Kitchen; and creative hot dogs from Rock a Dollar.

And if alllll that wasn’t enough? There’s a wee little cherry on top which, strictly speaking, looks less like a cherry and more like a champagne bar helmed by the city’s best female bartenders. They work at drinkeries that’ve all hit the No.1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, and they’ll be creating exclusive, bubbly cocktails just for the festival — you’ll find Anna Sebastian (from Artesian); Kelley Hill (from Trailer Happiness); and Sophie Bratt (formerly of Harvey Nichols 5th floor).

They’re shaking things up.

NOTE: Cocktails in the City: Summer Edition takes place on Friday 12th & Saturday 13h July 2019, at Bedford Gardens in Bloomsbury. Tickets cost just £20 and include a complimentary cocktail of your choice on arrival. All cocktails cost £7.50. You can find out more, and get a ticket right HERE

Cocktails in the City | Bedford Square, WC1B 3HH

Like pop up cocktail events? Check out our guide to London’s pop up bars this month

Cocktails in the City: Summer Edition

Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3HH

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