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.
The Creactive Breakfast arrives at the Dublin Food Co-Op on Sunday 24th May for another day of fun and food. Aimed at parent and kids Creactive Breakfasts are occasional events that are best understood by deconstructing the name: think creativity + activity and you’re on the right tracks. Dreamt up by a team with a shared love of events planning, good food and creative family fun, the Creactive Breakfast takes inspiration from the notion that we are at our most creative – and hungry! – in the morning, from this noble idea a whole day of creative activities, workshops and classes that will delight kids and their parents alike has emerged. The Sunday 24th Creactive Breakfast takes place at the Dublin Food Co-op starting at 11AM and promises an extravaganza of exciting activities for the kids, including dance classes, alongside a catwalk show from mum and baby shop Taweret and a second hand baby fair.
Deep below Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles invite you to discover Wonderland in all its nonsensical glory. Take a journey down the rabbit hole and enjoy cakes that will have you bumping your head on the ceiling, smoke a pipe with the Caterpillar and listen to his psychedelic tale and take tea with the mad Hatter. And, most importantly, make sure you don’t lose your head at the hands of the fearsome Red Queen. You are the centre of the story as you wander through this fantastic version of Lewis Carroll’s famous Wonderland. Piece together the puzzle and search for Alice who disappeared through the looking glass. The Wonderland Bar is open till 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday so you can paint the roses red, play Flamingo croquet and celebrate your un-birthday in style with a cocktail or two. This interactive, puppetry-packed fusion of story telling, music, circus and spectacle is a truly unique and immersive experience you won’t want to miss.
We can always do more for charity and if you feel like helping out on St. Patrick’s Day this year then look no further than the Harbour2Harbour charity walk hosted by Aware. Now in its 10th year, the Harbour2Harbour walk is a fun and worthwhile event to take part in. Starting at 10:30 in the morning, participants walk from Dun Laoghaire to Howth or Howth to Dun Laoghaire. The walk is 16 miles or 21 kilometres, the halfway point (with toilets and refreshments) is at Dublin Port (opposite the 3Arena). Those starting at Dun Laoghaire set off from the Harbour Plaza behind Dun Laoghaire Dart Station and those starting at Howth set off from the Bloody Stream Pub. And everyone taking part will reap the benefits of getting out the house and doing some physical exercise, which is an important factor for mental health and wellbeing. Over 850 people took part in last years Harbour2Harbour walk to support Aware’s work. As ever, during the walk members of Aware will be there to cheer you on and provide food and refreshments along the way.
If your home plays host to a shelf groaning under the weight of every single Friends DVD and you’re frustrated by a lack of opportunities to exploit an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey then this is the night you’ve been waiting for! The One Where They Go To A Friends Quiz at Dalston’s Alibi bar is a rare chance to capitalise on hundreds of hours spent watching the era defining sitcom and taste pub quiz glory. The One Where They Go to a Friends Quiz flips the classic pub quiz formula in favour of all things Friends – you might not know the capital of Nepal or who the president of Uruguay is but remembering the name of Rachel’s senior prom date or Chandler’s age when he first touched a woman’s breast could be the key to victory. This Friends-tastic night is brought to you by the I Hate Rachel Green Club and promises all manner of Friends themed fun including Ross’s Margaritas and Friends music. There will also be Friends merch prizes up for grabs.
Over 4000 people are expected to take part in this years DIFC sponsored run in Victoria park and it promises to be a fun way to raise money and support your favourite charity. Even if you’re not in peak shape this run is still possible, with a little training and a touch of determination anyone can join in. There is a 5k and a 10k option so all ability and skill levels are covered and, most importantly, the spirit of the event is all about taking part rather than winning so anyone involved can choose to run, jog or walk, it’s entirely up to you. If you fancy doing something good and making sure you’re not on Santa’s naughty list in time for Christmas, register on the DIFC site and pick your charity from the list. Then dig out those running shoes and get warmed up. All runners will be provided with a free Santa suit before the starting gun is fired and once everyone is on their way, this sea of Santas is something to beho ho ho hold!