With more than 1,500 guests, 5,000 cocktails and 30 bars, the event ran in keeping with government guidelines and was a huge success
Imbibe was the official trade partner for this special edition of the annual event, this year called Cocktails in the City: Community Edition. All the representatives of bars and brands donated their time and the event space was provided free of charge by The Bedford Estate.
A trade session was held for the first time on the afternoon of the opening day (Sept 11) with panel talks, tastings and live music, including the first public performance since March from the resident artists of The Piano Works.
At the beginning of April, The Piano Works spearheaded the UK Grand Outdoor Summer Café campaign and helped to raise funds for food and drink vouchers so that NHS frontline heroes can enjoy a range of complimentary al fresco experiences. Some 40 Cocktails in the City Vouchers were provided to healthcare workers through the Blue Light Card Scheme.
The event also celebrated the reopening of some of London’s best bars including Callooh Callay Chelsea, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Trailer Happiness, Nightjar, Heads + Tails, The Hide Bar and Hoxton Hotel Bars.
Andrew Scutts, who organised the event, said: ‘We are proud to have hosted a successful and safe event and to provide both our guests and bartenders with an opportunity to come together and enjoy a sense of normality.
‘The guest reviews and positive feedback from all involved has validated the time and effort we put into hosting this event made possible by the kind donation of Bedford Square Gardens by The Bedford Estate.’