London Cocktail Week returns for its sixth incarnation this October and a deliciously decadent week of creative cocktail consumption is guaranteed. With 275 bars participating across London, this year’s carnival of cocktails looks set to be bigger and better than ever before. Yet it remains startlingly good value for money – grab a wristband for just £10 and you’ll have weeklong access to £5 cocktails from all participating bars. You’ll also get a free London bar guide that clearly maps out all the bars, allowing you to plot your week of cocktail adventures. Oh and did we mention that your first drink is on the house? As ever London Cocktail Week boasts an exciting array of pop-ups and events. There’ll be masterclasses, tours, parties, presentations, supper clubs, a candlelit tour on a floating distillery and, perhaps most impressively, Spitalfields Market will be transformed into an entire cocktail market. Grab your London Cocktail Week wristbands from the LCW hub at 51 Poland Street in Soho or The London Cocktail Week Village at old Spitalfields Market when the week commences.
Spanning seventeen centuries of stunning handmade Indian fabrics, the V&A’s Fabric of India exhibition gathers together a wealth of sumptuous textiles and provides an unmissable centrepiece for the museum’s India season. The exhibition brings together two hundred fascinating and exquisite textiles to tell the story of Indian fabric across the centuries. Showcasing fine examples of textiles from different regions and eras including spectacular wall hangings, robes, bed covers and dresses, this ravishing show manages to be both educational and visually stunning. The show also provides plenty of religious and cultural context to accompany its beautiful exhibits. Ancient ceremonial banners, sacred temple hangings, bandanna handkerchiefs and even a meticulously reconstructed tent used by the infamous Tipu Sultan are among the many highlights, but the show also provides considerable insight into the ingenious processes behind these gorgeous works of textile art and their uses today by contemporary designers.