The London Cocktail Club
After recently wrapping up the sixth consecutive London Cocktail Week we imagine any in attendance were hard pressed to miss The London Cocktail Club’s presence. With seven locations across the city you’re never too far away from the action and with the level of craftsmanship from the resident bartenders we don’t know why you’d stay away.
The London Cocktail Club first began life as the brainchild of British bartender and entrepreneur J.J. Goodman back in 2008. Since then the multi-award winning Goodman has opened multiple iterations branching away from Covent Garden to Goodge Street, Oxford Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Islington and Shoreditch. For those yet to sample London Cocktail Club allow us to give you an idea about what you can expect.
For starters you’ll want to sample each venue in turn as each is smothered in character and lashings of the unusual. Head to Covent Garden and it’s pin-backed leather chairs as far as the eye can see. Dig around in Oxford Circus and you might stumble on “The Studio”, a secret room covered in black leather and kitted out with its very own glass ‘music studio’. Each of LCC’s locations are as unique as the last, setting the tone the instant you walk in before serving up something delicious, not to mention adventurous.
For those that want to get an old favourite at the end of the day LCC serve all your classic cocktails, but delve deep into their menu and it’s here that LCC comes into its own. Take the “Red Snapper” for example, most notable for its presentation inside a Heinz Baked Beans can. Bombay Sapphire lays the foundations before tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice and salt and pepper tickle every taste bud you have.
The extravagance is never-ending and LCC’s creations reach Heston Blumenthal levels of innovation. What’s even better about LCC’s wonderfully weird creations is that you can make them at home too. J.J. Goodman’s dream was to not only bring extravagant new cocktails to the masses but to teach them how to do it themselves. Clicking any cocktail on the website will present you with a shopping list of ingredients and the necessary steps before bringing LCC to your own living room.
Throughout the week LCC’s happy hour makes a visit all that more worthwhile. It’s 2 for 1 on all cocktails all-day Monday and between 16:30-19:00 from Tuesday-Saturday. Choose your night wisely and you might find yourself caught up in one of the many events running in LCC, all of which can be found on their website.
With all those fantastic bartenders within their walls it’s nice of LCC to let us in for a few lessons on how to become cocktail connoisseurs and creators. For £40 per person groups of 2-25 can get hands on behind the bar and try their hand at making the next great cocktail. For that extra special touch LCC have a bridesmaid’s package, which for £10 per bottle lets you take away your favourite cocktail or creation, complete with a bespoke label and delivered to your home or even the special occasion.
With bars only a few minutes away from London’s major tube stations there’s never been a better time to let your taste buds experience everything there is to offer so get to it.