Monthly Archives: October 2014

London’s Best Mocktails

“In sympathy to the drivers, the impending mothers, those who have consumed too much, those that are not yet able to consume and finally to those whose religion, culture, or mother forbids them to imbibe”
Want to give your liver a rest? Then sip a delicious mocktail – also known as an alcohol-free cocktail – at one of these fabulous London drinking dens.

Redemption Bar

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On the wagon? London’s first non-alcoholic cocktail bar is the ideal place to head if you hate hangovers. Amongst the classy mocktails on offer is the refreshing Coco-rita: coconut water shaken over ice with lime and agave syrup, served in a salt-rimmed glass, or the Mock-jito, a mix of fresh mint and lime. The extensive list of mocktails is complemented by a range of super-healthy vegetarian food. Note that the Ladbroke Grove-based bar is currently closed while it’s preparing to move to its new home in Shoreditch.

Mark’s Bar

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With a New York vibe, this hip bar is all leather chesterfields and smoky mirrors. The bar’s cool ambience is reflected in the witty and entertaining cocktail list which has a page dedicated to non-alcoholic drinks, that are listed “in sympathy to the drivers, the impending mothers, those who have consumed too much, those that are not yet able to consume and finally to those whose religion, culture, or mother forbids them to imbibe”. Top booze-free tipples include the Lost Valentino, which combines lemon sherbet with chilled green tea, mint, orange and nutmeg. Mark’s Bar has branches in both Soho and The City.

Permit Room, Dishoom

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For a sober night out, make a beeline for Dishoom’s Permit Room, where you can pick from a range of exotic mocktails. The Bombay-style bar is inspired by the Indian cultural practice of Permit Rooms. Since 1949, Bombay has been under a state of prohibition and a personal permit is required if you want to run a premises in which to sell alcohol to improve one’s health. These places are known as Permit Rooms. Guilt-free cocktails on the menu here include the Virgin Bombay Colada, a pineapple and coconut-cream concoction with a Bombay twist, and the Watermelon Sharbat, which blends watermelon with spearmint, lime and seasalt.  

Be At One

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This popular bar chain boasts a stellar 15-page cocktail menu, that features both classics and offbeat options, with a page dedicated solely to mocktails, of which there are 12 to choose from. Refreshing guilt-free tipples include the Raspberry Cooler (raspberry, mint, lemon and lychee) and the Cranapple Clash (cranberry, apple and fresh lime juice). Sweet-toothed punters can plump for an Oreo or banana-flavoured milkshake, or a Banana Belafonte, which combines banana, coconut cream, pineapple juice, orange juice and vanilla ice-cream. Yum! Find Be At One in numerous locations across the capital, including Balham, Clapham Common, Covent Garden, Islington, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street.  

The Met Bar

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Based in upmarket Park Lane in London’s Mayfair, this celebrity haunt serves up a range of stand-out mocktails, such as Vitality, with fresh kiwi fruit and celery muddled with pear, apple and lemon, or Wake Up Call with fresh passion fruit and lemongrass shaken with apple juice, agave and lemon juice.    

Seven Red Mist Moments To Remember

Wigan prop Ben Flower’s outrageous, and let’s be honest, downright savage double punch on St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia in last weekend’s Rugby League Grand Final sent shockwaves through the world of sport.

His second minute red card at Old Trafford was a classic ‘red mist’ moment, that’s earned him a record six-month ban.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen people lose their heads in the heat of battle though. Here are seven other first-rate sporting meltdowns…

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From today until Thursday 16th October, we’re giving online and mobile gamers the chance to win up to £300 – just by getting involved! All you have to do is play any online or mobile game between the allocated dates and then you’ll receive a bonus upon how much you wagered.

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See about getting yourself the best bonus possible this month with this exciting promotion!
For more information about this promotion, see here.

 

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London Cocktail Week

A week to celebrate the legendary cocktail seems like a very good idea to us,  a very good idea indeed. With bespoke drinks, special offers, parties and master classes, it just makes sense to join in, right?
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Be sure to visit one of the four London hubs first to pick up your £15 wristband, which will then entitle you to premium cocktails for only £4 at venues across the capital.

A spirit brand sponsors each individual hub and they each have their own amazing drinks collection and unique experiences.

Here’s a selection of the best places to make the most of that wristband and the week-long cocktail carnival.

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Don Julio Mexican Street Festival, Shoreditch

Don Julio tequila will once again take over Translate bar, to turn it into a crazy Mexican street party! DJ’s will play fiesta-worthy music while the bar will be whipping up the most interesting (and potent) tequila cocktails in East London. Use your wristband to get their signature drinks for just £4.

Until Sunday 12 October, 5pm-11.30pm, Free entry

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Pond Dalston, Dalston

Head distiller Paul Hletko will be holding a cocktail master class to show just what goes on behind the scenes.  Pond Dalston will also be selling a limited edition £4 cocktail for customers of London Cocktail Week called ‘A Dog’s Life’; a soft and silky combination of old fashioned Whiskey, green tea syrup & lapsangsouchong tincture, and exists in conjunction with FEW spirits’ White Dog Whiskey.

Saturday 11 October, 2-5pm, Free entry

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Burleigh’s Gin pop-up, East London

The premiere place for rum and gin in London, this week is the perfect opportunity to discover Merchant House as they host Burleigh’s Gin pop-up.

For LCW, the temporary set-up is offering guests intriguing woodland-inspired cocktails until Friday night. So why not pop in to the pop-up and start your gin journey now?

Until Fri 8 October, Midday-Midnight, Free entry

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Pisco’s punch cocktails, Covent Garden

Inside Peruvian restaurant, Lima Floral, this week you can grab an exclusive, exotic concoction of cocktails galore. The Difford’s Guide crew are offering Pisco Punch cocktails, topped with champers for only £4 to all wristband wearers. Get involved whilst it’s around!

Until Friday 8 October, Free entry

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Freixenet Terrace at Swingers

Entertaining this weekend? Head to new bar, Swingers and get your hands on some golf clubs. That’s right, crazy golf and cocktails go hand-in-hand in the heart of Shoreditch and they’re celebrating LCW by offering all wristband-wearers their signature Soho Spritz (Cava, Aperol, Martini, lemon juice and port) for £4.

6-12.30am, Friday 9 – Sunday 11 October, Free entry

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Other recommended hot spots during this time are The Ketel One Hub in Seven DialsThe Tanqueray No. Ten Hub in SpitalfieldsThe Cointreau Hub at The Bluebird in Chelsea and The Nikka Whiskey Hubb at The Whiskey Exchange.

Plus, don’t miss out on these bigger events…

RumFest, Earls Court

Like rum? Love Rumfest. The end of LCW will culminate in this glorious rum extravaganza. It’s the biggest in the world and brings together buyers, customers and tasters to one place for some serious rum education. Take part in a unique master class, go to a seminar or settle down for some special tasting sessions. This year, Rumfest is inviting brands to bring their most premium rum, meaning visitors will get to taste some of the most rare and expensive versions on the market!

Tickets, £49.50

October 10-11

Midday – 6pm

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The House of Peroni, Holborn

This spectacular pop-up returns to celebrate all things Italian & becomes home to Peroni beer enthusiasts. Aiming to bring modern Rome to London, the house is an extravagant venue decorated by Italian designers and artists.

Drop in for dinner on the third floor and try immaculate Italian cuisine from the Bottega Wapping restaurant. Afterwards you can really celebrate London Cocktail Week by visiting the bar and trying head mixologist, Federico Riezzo’s bespoke cocktails. Heartily influenced by Rome’s lifestyle and architecture, his cocktails are a hit; try The Dolce Vista, £8, a blend of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, orange and grapefruit flavours topped with Prosecco for a proper taste of Rome.

Now until 31 October

Mon- Sun, Midday – 11pm, Free

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