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...Places to dine during London Cocktail Week

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“There's more to London Cocktail Week than drinking – here are a few bars worthy of a bite.”

Next Monday marks the start of London Cocktail Week, an event where over 200 bars open their doors to wristband clad punters eager to sample the creative concoctions of some of London's top mixologists at a gobsmacking price of £4 each. As cocktails pack a punch and dedicated drinking requires sustenance beyond an olive or two, it really is a blessing that many of the participating venues boast exceptional food offerings…

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Hearty and homely, Bumpkin satisfies the hungry with big portions of seasonal British favourites.

What to eat… when you're ravenous – Blackbird Steak & Ale Pie (£13.50)

LCW Signature Serve: Earl Grey Royal
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Bunga Bunga

In keeping with the Italian kitsch theme, Bunga Bunga's menu offers a selection of traditional pizzas, bruschetta and antipasti plates.

What to eat… to make the night even cheesier – The Julius Cheeser Pizza (8.50)

LCW Signature Serve: Bunga Spritz

Cinnamon Kitchen

With a restaurant renowned for innovative Indian cuisine, spicy sharing plates and snacks can be ordered from Cinnamon Kitchen's bar, Anise.

What to eat… to heat things up a bit – Laverstoke Park Lamb Seekh Kebabs (from £10 for 150g)

LCW Signature Serve: Passionfruit and Chilli Caipirinha
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Circus

Circus offer a comprehensive selection of Pan-Asian dishes designed for sharing, served with a surreal side of live entertainment and cabaret.

What to eat… when you're in a group – The Sharing Set Menu (£50 per head including a glass of prosecco, is available for groups of four or more)

LCW Signature Serve: Zou Yue
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Floridita
Catering especially well to carnivores, Floridita's menu features a variety of Cuban and Latin American inspired roasted and grilled dishes – including a whole suckling pig. Ambitious.

What to eat… if you (literally) can't face the pig – Cuban Lobster 'Two Ways' (£30)

LCW Signature Serve: Treacle #2
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Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols

Making use of the freshest ingredients from the adjoining Harvey Nichols Foodmarket, the seasonal menu is perfect for a light lunch.

What to eat… when there's an afternoon of shopping ahead – Cornish Crab Salad (£11.50)

LCW Signature Serve: Watermelon Martini

Lutyens

The charcuterie counter in the bar at Lutyens is great for sharing boards, whereas the restaurant menu offers a wide selection of crustacea alongside classic bistro-style dishes.

What to eat… if you're a lover of shellfish – Petit Plateau (£22)
LCW Signature Serve: Blackberry Gimlet
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Paradise

With comforting, home-cooked British pub fare offered in the restaurant, Paradise also serves substantial and satisfying snacks from the sprawling front bar.

What to eat… if you're there on a Sunday – The Paradise Sunday Roast (from £14.50).

LCW Signature Serve: Big Jack Daddy

Public House

In a bar where the drinks are guaranteed to steal the show, delicious little plates of seasonal British cuisine and sharing boards are available for light grazing.
What to eat… between courses (of cocktails) – Sharing board of English Meat (£9.50 – includes rare sirloin, roast gammon and smoked duck).

LCW Signature Serve: Mother's Ruin
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Rivington Shoreditch

One of the most stylish dining options in Shoreditch, the bar at Rivington also delivers one of the best burgers in London.

What to eat… when feeling luxuriously carnivourous – The Rivington Luxury Burger (£12.75)

LCW Signature Serve: Honey Sour


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Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga

Restaurant with bar

"Inspired by Berlusconi, Bunga Bunga is a hedonist's delight with karaoke, fancy dress, cocktails and pizza."

37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA

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Cinnamon Kitchen

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Cinnamon Kitchen

Restaurant

"The little sister to the renowned Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen is a relaxed City-based alternative."

9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL

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Circus

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Circus

Restaurant

"The door to Circus is discreet, understated and easily missed; a definite case of don't judge a book by its cover. "

27-29 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BA

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Floridita London

Floridita London

Restaurant with bar and nightclub

"Floridita remains a staple on the Soho scene offering live entertainment and killer cocktails."

100 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TN

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Fifth Floor

Fifth Floor

Restaurant with bar

"Champagne in the newly designed bar is perfect for both shopping sustenance, and to kick off a glamorous evening."

Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ

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Lutyens

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Lutyens

Restaurant

"A sophisticated, stylish offering from Conran and Prescott that might even tempt the journos back to Fleet Street."

85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE

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Paradise by way of Kensal Green

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Paradise by way of Kensal Green

Pub

"Quirky, eclectic, shabby but chic, this hedonist's heaven, pulls huge crowds every week."

19 Kilburn Lane, London W10 4AE

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Public House

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Public House

Bar

"An eccentric but exquisite little find where the atmosphere is as balmy, as it is barmy."

51 Islington Park Street, London N1 1PX

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Rivington Grill Shoreditch

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Rivington Grill Shoreditch

Restaurant

"Simple but effective; Rivington is a stylish and relaxed retreat in the heart of buzzing Shoreditch. "

28-30 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DZ

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