Cocktails in the City: London’s Summer Cocktail Festival Is Back

By Ellie Smith

12 months ago

A historic Georgian square is being transformed into a cocktail emporium


Everyone loves a cocktail in the sunshine – hence why London’s annual cocktail festival is always a big hit. Cocktails in the City returns to Bedford Square Gardens in Bloomsbury for its fourth instalment this summer, taking place on three weekends throughout July, August and September.

Cocktails in the City: London’s Summer Cocktail Festival Is Back

It’s a chance to try world-class tipples from some of the capital’s best bars and bartenders, as well as take part in masterclasses, tastings and interactive games. From high-end hotels to speakeasies and buzzy new openings, the festival is designed to celebrate the trendsetting London bar scene – and being set within one square means you can get a taste of hotspots from all over the city without travelling.

This year’s line-up features names including Chotto Matte, Hutong, Nightjar and Hacha, among others. Cocktails in the City is split into three different events: Inspiration Edition from 6 – 8 July, The Travel Edition from 17 – 19 August, and A Festival of Drinks from 7 – 9 September. 

New for 2023, guests will be provided with a loyalty card in partnership with Blade Labs, where they can rate their drinks in exchange for complimentary drinks. The results will then generate audience voted winners for things like best cocktail and best overall experience.

Bartender making drinks

Inspiration Edition

The first weekend of the festivities will focus on highlighting the latest cocktail trends and spotlighting innovative names. A mix of familiar favourites and new talent will feature in the events, including Zetter Townhouse, Hacha Agaveria, Blue Bar at The Berkeley, and Henson’s Bar and Social. Festival goers can also take part in workshops such as The Art of Hosting by London Essence, and ice carving with Ice Carving Cool. 6 – 8 July

The Travel Edition

This instalment of Cocktails in the City is all about escapism, featuring flavours from Mexico, Japan and more. Try cocktails from bars like Nikkei-inspired Chotto Matte, Japanese hotspot The Aubrey at The Mandarin Oriental, and Thai favourite Laki Kane. 17 – 19 August

Evening at Cocktails in the City

A Festival of Drinks

Last but not least, the September event will amp up the fun element with live music, silent discos, games and more. This weekend will see Bedford Square Gardens transformed into an immersive cocktail celebration complete with spritzes and slushies aplenty, featuring appearances from top London bars like Bourne & Hollingsworth, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and more. 7 – 9 September

Planning a summer shindig? Groups of 12 or more can book packages with reserved seating and pre-booked activities – perfect for birthdays or work parties.

You can book tickets now at cocktailsinthecity.com