London Cocktail Week launches one-off Warm-Up festival

For the first time, London Cocktail Week has announced a one-off Warm-Up festival, taking place 05-11 July 2021.

London Cocktail week 2021 extends to full month of October

London Cocktail Week has announced that the 2021 festival will once again be extended to the full month of October and not host The Cocktail Village.

Fuller’s London Pride announces partnership with The British & Irish Lions

Fuller’s London Pride has announced a two-year partnership with The British & Irish Lions, becoming the official beer of the rugby union team.

New home for Whitley Neill Gin

UK’s number one premium gin brand moves production of its London Dry Gin to award winning City of London distillery

Diageo launches Tanqueray 0.0%

Diageo has launched a 0.0% abv version of its Tanqueray gin brand in a bid to capitalise upon soaring demand for alcohol-free drinks.

Pietro Collina: The roaming Roman

While most enter hospitality via high-volume bars or nightclubs, Pietro Collina got his first role at private members’ bar Mark’s Club in London aged 16.

Ibiza-based Southside Bars offer online cocktail classes

Ibiza-based mobile bar company Southside Bars is now offering online cocktail masterclasses.

London's first absinthe distillery unveiled

Cocktail bar owners Allison Crawbuck and Rhys Everett have launched London’s first absinthe distillery in the heart of the East End.

Salcombe Distilling Co. predicts golden future for alcohol-free spirits

An award-winning distiller has tipped the non-alcoholic spirits category to enjoy strong future growth thanks to a raft of innovation in the years ahead.

Beefeater celebrates The Spirit of London in global ad campaign

Gin brand Beefeater has launched a global advertising campaign designed to celebrate the spirit of London.

Finsbury gin redesigned and Wild Strawberry variant launched

Borco has invested in a redesign for its Finsbury gin range and launched a Wild Strawberry variant to attract new consumers.

London Wine Fair postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The London Wine Fair is the latest high profile-event to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.

London Cocktail Week – back with a bang

London Cocktail Week organisers have announced that it will be moving The Cocktail Village to a new bigger venue on Brick Lane.

Meantime launches new can range

The Meantime Brewing Company in London has launched a can range of its three best selling beers.

ZECA to unveil new cachaca sugarcane varieties

ZECA Cachaca will unveil its new hybrid sugarcane varieties at the Brazilian embassy in London on April 11.

IBWSS comes to London in 2018

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show will return to London in February 2018 for trade professionals to source private and commercial suppliers.

Pilsner Urquell extends its partnership with Draft House

Pilsner Urquell has extended its partnership with Draft House, as the demand for Tank Beer has soared.

Get Carter for the LIWF

Brintex, organisers of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF), have announced  the appointment of Ross Carter as exhibition director, replacing James Murray who resigned after 10 years in the role.

Potter Cavanagh is Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind 2012

Lee Potter Cavanagh of Mark’s Bar at HIX in London is this year’s Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind.

Rémy Martin Black Pearl cognac up for auction

A rare bottle of Rémy Martin Black Pearl cognac estimated to be worth between £5,000 and £7,000 is up for auction in London.

Wemyss Malts releases Darnley’s View Spiced Gin

Wemyss Malts has released Darnley’s View Spiced Gin to Europe and selected Asian markets, with the US to follow.

LIWF preview

The annual London International Wine Fair, with its spirits arm DISTIL, starts today. Hamish Smith rounds up the best of its offerings  

Meantime in £3m brewing expansion

Meantime Brewing Company is to open “London’s biggest new brewery since 1936”. The new facility is to quadruple Meantime’s beer production capacity to 100,000 hectolitres and will host a visitor’s centre and shop.

Top of the Tower for Royal Salute whisky

UK: Chivas Brothers has signed a five-year partnership deal between its scotch brand Royal Salute and the royal gun salutes at the Tower of London. The first of which will be for the Queen’s Jubilee in June.

Mount Gay European ambassador appointed

Mount Gay Rum Distilleries and UK distributor First Drinks have appointed Miguel Smith as European brand ambassador for Mount Gay Rum.

Absolut London makes timely arrival

Pernod Ricard UK is hoping the release of Absolut London in time for the Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee will lift sales of the brand by 10%.

Beefeater 24 is now in 50 markets

Pernod Ricard’s super premium gin, Beefeater 24, is now available in 50 markets worldwide.

DI's Christian Davis attends a whisky love-in

Last night I went to Boisdale, that well known London haunt for whisky, cigar and red meat lovers, for the launch of The Balvenie Craftsman's Reserve No1, The Cooper...

Beefeater ‘Forever London’ pack to hit UK shelves

Pernod Ricard UK has announced the launch of a Beefeater ‘Forever London’ limited-edition pack, aimed at celebrating the brand’s heritage.

World's 50 Best Bars 2011 announced

 The 2011 World’s 50 Best Bars list has been published, in partnership with sponsor Stolichnaya. This year, New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell) took the top spot, with London hotel bars The Connaught and the Artesian in second and third place. 

Shaker rattles and rolls out

Shaker BarSchools, the international bartender training company, has moved into bar operating with the opening of a bar in London.

Smirnoff releases Nightlife Exchange Project bottles

Diageo has extended the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project campaign with the release of city and country-themed bottles to selected global markets.

Brown-Forman hires duty free quartet

Brown-Forman Duty Free has made four senior-level appointments, effective immediately.

Olmeca tequila cocktail winner announced

Pernod Ricard, with its Olmeca tequila brand, has announced the winner of the Tahona Society Margarita contest.

Industry recognises design excellence

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards recognised "excellence" in design and architecture in the global hospitality industry yesterday, at a ceremony in Canary Wharf, London.

Bordeaux wine-students to train in London

The International Wine and Spirits Institute (IWSI), based in Bordeaux, is to open an eight-week spirits training programme in London next year.

Bartenders do duel for No. 209 Gin crown

Two of London’s bartenders drew swords in San Francisco in the final of the No. 209 Gin Duel.

Chivas receives Westwood styling

Scotch brand Chivas Regal and designer Vivienne Westwood have collaborated to launch a new limited edition whisky.

Disaronno crowns Mixing Star champion

Amaretto brand Disaronno has hosted the final of its first Mixing Star cocktail competition in London.

Best Bar in the World revealed

A London speakeasy has been named the best bar in the world, according to an industry poll.

London Cocktail Week begins

The inaugural London Cocktail Week (LCW) has begun - a seven-day event of shows, pop-up bars, parties, classes and tastings.

London to host Tax Stamp Forum

The 2010 global Tax Stamp Forum is to take place in London in June.