Not content with playing host to the London Restaurant Festival, the city is also about to celebrate London Cocktail Week which kicks off on 7 October for what actually turns out to be ten days of boozy events. To join in the fun you'll have to go to www.londoncocktailweek.com and register for a wristband which you can pick up at Gordon's bar in Selfridges from 5 October. Every evening there'll be a special LCW Routemaster bus taking people from venue to venue via Big Red Bus stops and providing probably much-needed free Perrier en route.
We've picked out some food-related activities going on over the week we thought Hot Dinners readers would like to try. But hurry tickets are going fast, with key events - like the Pollen St Social dinner already booked up. You can book most events on the LCW website.
China Tang cocktail lunches
10-16th October between 12.00 - 17.00
For six days over the course of LCW you can enjoy a special three course, asian inspired dim sum lunch menu with a choice of cocktail at this plush celebrity haunt.
Cocktails and Cupcakes with Sipsmiths & Primrose Bakery
Sipsmith's Distillery, Hammersmith
10 October between 18.30 - 20.30
An evening sipping on Sipsmith cocktails whilst matching them to the incredibly tasty Primrose Bakery Cupcakes. Best still guests leave with a choice of either a bottle of Sipsmith gin or vodka (35cl) to take home.
Chocolate and whisky
Albannach, Trafalgar Square
12 October 18.30 - 20.00
Dramatic Whisky founder and director Mark Thomson guest hosts an exclusive 90-minute whisky and chocolate tasting where you can sample up to six different single malt whiskies paired with luxury Paul A Young chocolates.
Hendrick's Unusual Umbrella Emporium Pop-Up
65 Monmouth St, Covent Garden
12-15 October 12.00 - 23.00
Visitors to the this pop-up shop in Covent Garden will be invited to showcase their artistic ability and flair by creating their own cocktail umbrella design – the best of which will go into production. Participants will be rewarded for such endeavours with a refreshing glass of Hendrick's & Tonic.
Price: Free for anyone with a Cocktail Week wristband
Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green
16 October 12.00 - 21.00
You don't have to reserve tickets for this Sunday lunch, but the good thing is that all London Cocktail Week wristband wearers will be treated to a complimentary Bloody Mary.