Rumfest & The Rumfest Trade Show & Conference Day Return In 2018

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Kicking off a rum-fueled weekend of workshops, tastings and seminars

RumFest Trade & Conference Day – Friday 19th October 2018
RumFest – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018
Golden Rum Barrel Awards – Sunday 21st October 2018

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference returns this October, bringing together some of the most prominent names and exciting newcomers in the industry, all under one roof. Taking place Friday 19th October 2018 at the ILEC in London, over 25 exhibitors will showcase their rums as industry professionals network and sample new releases as well as discuss hot topics affecting the spirit in the second ever RumFest Conference. Exhibitors this year include Rum Java, Mhoba Rum, Real McCoy Rum, Rhum Depaz and more. Registration for the RumFest Trade Show & Conference is open here.

RumFest’s consumer show will open its doors 20th-21st October to host an abundance of tastings, masterclasses, seminars and delicious food. Brands, mixologists, master blenders and specials guests will jet in from the UK and beyond, coming together for a united passion of all things rum. More information on tickets and the event can be found on the website via rumfest.co.uk. On Sunday The Golden Rum Barrel Awards returns to celebrate the best movers and shakers in the rum world.

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference has provided a platform for the industry’s newcomers and independent brands for over a decade, attracting rum wholesalers, distributors, buyers, bar professionals and importers to what has become a key date in the rum calendar. With the evolution of the spirit and consistent rise in popularity in the UK, the one day trade event provides the chance to discover new rums, discuss trends and debate over issues affecting the industry.

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference will showcase rum’s versatility by welcoming the finest producers of the spirit including Atlantico Rum, Real McCoy Rum, Mhoba Rum, Rum Java, Rum Pixan, Rhum Depaz and Kill Devil. Across the day advanced masterclasses, deluxe tastings and more will take place to get even more insight into the spirit.

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At the weekend RumFest opens its doors to consumers, Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October, to host an extensive showcase of rum-related offerings with leading brands from across the globe. Ticket-holders will get the chance to immerse themselves in all aspects of rum – from seminars and workshops with top brands, ambassadors and leading industry figures to top mixologists, blenders and distillers teaching the art of cocktail making and the ideal pairings for particular rums. Ticket holders will have the chance to purchase Golden Tot Tokens. For visitors interested in premium rums, these tokens will give those a chance to sample higher premium rums retailing from £80-£200. For the first time founder Ian Burrell will also host a tasting showcasing five rare and expensive rums with a combined retail value of £1500.

To close the weekend of festivities on Sunday 21st October, the Golden Rum Barrel Awards will recognise those making waves in the rum world. Celebrating the exceptional efforts and stars of the industry, categories include UK Rum Brand Ambassador of the year, UK Rum Menu of the year, Best New Rum of the year, Best Single Rum, Best Traditional Column Rum and many more. The nominees for the awards will be announced for National Rum Day in August.

Speaking about this year’s events, founder and Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell, “The RumFest Trade Show and Conference is a fantastic chance to get the inside track on the next big thing in rum as well as try some hidden gems on the market. Last year proved once again that this is THE event for anyone in the business of rum, with the worlds best brands, master blenders, distilleries and aficionados from across the globe. 2018 promises to raise the bar again with a few more surprises”

Registration for the RumFest Trade Show & Conference Day is now open to members of the trade and press. Exhibitors looking to get involved in the event can apply by emailing emma@rumfest.co.uk.

RumFest standard tickets are now on sale from £49.50, which includes access to all areas of the event and tasting from all exhibitors. For press applications please contact tshai@wearefullfat.com . For full information on RumFest and to buy tickets head to rumfest.co.uk.

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Laki Kane Launches This Summer

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Laki Kane is a brand new bar launching in London, N1 this summer. Co-founded by ex-Mahiki bar manager Georgi Radev, the concept is inspired by the award-winning mixologist’s passion for all things rum. Derived from the Polynesian ‘lucky person’, Laki Kane will be an escape from the city, with beautifully designed interiors that will transport guests to faraway tropical destinations. Offering a truly unique bar experience, drinks include showstopper cocktails created with rums from all over the globe along with mouthwatering exotic fruits, natural ingredients and, in a bold move – no refined sugar. Laki Kane will also produce its own rums, re-distilled on-site and upstairs in its Spiced Dry Rum Club, where the curious can create and flavour their own spiced rums using real pot stills. Laki Kane opens its doors in June.

Set on Upper Street in Islington, North London, Laki Kane will be spread across two floors and offer two unique experiences.

Downstairs will provide a tropical escape for all those who enter, thanks to a meticulous eye for detail that encompasses everything from the interior and furniture to the menus and even the scents. Inspired by its founders’ adventures to sunnier climes, Laki Kane brought together exciting tropical locations to Islington, including Asia, Polynesia, Indonesia and the Caribbean. To drink, a menu of unforgettable cocktails of the tropics created by Georgi, featuring exotic ingredients from all over the world, sugar cane syrups and the best rums, all served in bespoke vessels and delivered with a theatrical twist. Laki Kane’s expert bartenders will also be on hand to mix up delicious concoctions based on the tastes of their guests. To eat, a menu designed by renowned chef Michael Moore, will feature tropical-inspired dishes to compliment the cocktail offering. Exceptional service will be at the heart of Laki Kane and each table will feature push buttons for guests to call for service whenever they need.

Upstairs the Spiced Dry Rum Club offers the chance to experience the world of rum like never before, as rum-lovers and new-comers are invited to create their own twist on one of the fastest growing spirits in the UK. Through tastings guided by London’s foremost bartenders and rum experts, and experimentation with Spiced Dry Rum Club’s own pot stills, masterclasses will delve into the re-distillation process and explore a multitude of flavours and ingredients. New methods and techniques will allow visitors to create and walk away with their own personalised rum to sip and savour at home. Tickets for Spiced Dry Rum Club will be available from mid-May.

Laki Kane is the collaborative creation of Georgi Radev, Sam Robson and life long Islington resident and businessman Steve Kyprianou. Speaking about the launch Georgi says:

“Over the last 15 years I’ve been travelling around the world, learning and teaching about rum, Tiki and cocktails, and discovering a host of weird and wonderful bars on the way. The exotic destinations I’ve been to have become a big part of my life and now I want to bring a taste of this to London for us all to enjoy, even though we might not get the same weather! Laki Kane is an escape and we’re creating everything with that in mind, from the decor and service, to the food and an exciting cocktail menu made with incredible tropical ingredients that most people will have never experienced before. Rum will of course be at the centre of all of this and we’re excited to also be sharing the knowledge of this amazing spirit upstairs in our Spiced Dry Rum Club.”

Laki Kane will launch in June.
For further information, visit Lakikane.com.

London, Get Ready To Rumble!

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Jose Cuervo®, the world’s number one selling tequila, has announced the sponsoring of the grand ole fiesta the ‘Margarita Rumble’ for the second year. Margarita Rumble, which is taking over The Yard in Shoreditch on April 28th, is a major competition that sees expert mixologists from top bars across the city compete for the prestigious title of Best Margarita in London.

Margarita lovers will be pleased to know that the bottomless margaritas on offer will all be made with the award-winning Jose Cuervo Tradicional 100% agave tequila, crafted using methods originated by the Cuervo family over 200 years ago.

Guests can choose to join one of three sessions, with each reveller given a token on arrival to vote for their favourite margarita. Entertainment will consist of a traditional Mariachi band, Mexican dancers and DJs. For those curious to learn more about the cocktail of the moment, the festival favourite Cuervo Tequila Truck will be welcoming guests with a tequila tasting and hosting a salt pairing masterclass, where attendees will be shown how to pair the best salts found in the UK to different flavours of Cuervo margaritas.

The first wave of top talent confirmed to compete are Trapeze, Barrio Bars, Cabana Brixton, Whistling Shop, Benitos Hat, Little Bat, Eaton Square Bar, Zebrano, Simmons, and The BootLegger. Reigning champions Café Pacifico will be returning to defend their 2017 title, awarded to the passionfruit margarita that wowed the crowds at last year’s event, and has also claimed a permanent ‘Margarita Rumble’ cocktail feature at the Covent Garden restaurant.

Tickets and more information are available here for anyone wanting to get involved, with prices starting from £35 – https://www.londonmargaritarumble.com/buytickets/

Callooh Callay Relaunches The JubJub Members Bar Ahead Of 10th Anniversary

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Richard Wynne, founder of world-famous Shoreditch cocktail bar Callooh Callay has announced he will re-launch its ‘secret’ upstairs bar – the JubJub – from May. Following a dramatic transformation, the bar will re-open as a members space next month. Members to the bar will be either chosen through application, or by invitation from the bar team, and will be given a special JubJub key to unlock the door and give them access to the bar. The JubJub relaunch is part of a host of activities at Callooh Callay in the build up to the bar’s 10th Anniversary later this year.

The JubJub has been re-designed to reflect Callooh Callay’s ethos of “serious nonsense”, with the bar aiming to deliver complex cocktails in a fun, nonsensical fashion and a relaxed atmosphere. The bar will operate with an “exclusive yet inclusive” application process – with the bar welcoming applications from within the hospitality industry, as well as from regular customers who have an interest in cocktails and spirits.

Membership to the JubJub comes with a range of perks, including…

Member’s own personal key to access the front door of the JubJub

The option to use a secret entrance and exit to avoid queues at Callooh Callay

Priority access to weekly events including complimentary tastings and cocktail masterclasses

An exclusive monthly e-newsletter with advanced access to booking for events in the JubJub, including New Year’s Eve

A secret, direct Whatsapp number to check immediate availability at JubJub

Complimentary punch on arrival

The option to subscribe to the monthly JubJub bottled cocktail cabinet of curiosity, a monthly subscription programme for members to have a their own pre-bottled cocktail that can be collected immediately from a specific cabinet within the bar.

The bar will also act as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, with each month a different Callooh Callay bartender given the keys to the JubJub to fully manage the bar, including creating their own cocktail menu.

Callooh Callay will continue to partner with different spirits brands in the JubJub, changing on a rotating monthly basis where their brand ethos and story can be showcased through partnering with the bartender to create the menu. There will also be the opportunity to run a programme of brand events – from tastings to masterclasses.

Opened by entrepreneur Wynne in 2008 and located in the heart of Shoreditch on Rivington Street, Callooh Callay has earned its reputation as one of the best cocktail bars in the world, winning huge industry accolades including ‘Best International High Volume Bar 2016’ and ‘World’s Best Cocktail Menu’ in 2012 (‘Spirited Awards’ at Tales of the Cocktail), in addition to being included in the Drinks International World’s 50 Best Bars in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012. The bar has also launched the career of many a bartender, with an impressive list of alumni.

The JubJub will relaunch at Callooh Callay from May. Members can apply here: https://www.calloohcallaybar.c om/jubjub/

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@calloohcallaybar

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London Beer Week Is Back With A New App

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London Beer Week has gone digital with a brand new DrinkUp.London app. Free to download, the app is the key to unlocking all this year’s festival has to offer. You no longer need to collect your festival pass in the form of a wristband, instead it will be available to download through the app – meaning more people, less waste and a broader celebration of our capital’s brewing scene.

In addition to purchasing your week-long Festival Pass, for just £10, you can purchase tickets to other London Beer Week events through the app and website. All of these tickets are stored in your digital wallet for easy accessibility – no more print outs or scrolling through email to find your tickets.

Other functions of the app include, the ability to create your own unique London Beer
Week schedule from the myriad of events throughout the week, and an interactive map that shows all the bars participating in the festival and their offers based on your precise location in the capital.

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You spoke and we listened, so this year’s LBW is bringing it back to where it all began, in the bars and taprooms that make our capital such a great beer-drinking city. Festival Pass holders can access £5 beer flights or boilermakers all week long at cherrypicked partner bars across the city. Each flight is specially curated by knowledgeable staff to showcase a unique aspect of brewing – be it certain styles, ingredients or heritage.

Festival Director, Ali Dedianko says, “We are glad to be taking LBW back to its roots by celebrating the incredible venues that make London one of the world’s truly great beer-drinking cities. Dozens of new breweries have opened their doors around the capital this year and there has never been a more exciting time to be celebrating beer.”

London Beer Week 2018 will also feature events such as beer pairing dinners, brewery tours, launch parties, and in-bar promotions brought to you by beer brands big and small.

Beer lovers across the capital can find out more about the festival and purchase tickets for all events online at http://www.DrinkUp.London.

 

Marian Beke & The Gibson Bar Launch Copperhead Gin The Gibson Edition

Copperhead Gin The Gibson Edition2018 is the year of spirits innovation for Marian Beke & The Gibson Bar London. Creating brand new spirits based on radically different concepts, Marian launched his first initiative at his bar The Gibson on 12 February. He partners with Copperhead, the ultra-premium gin from Belgium, to create a whole new style of savoury gin. With a hint of spice and umami intensity, it complements the classic Gibson martini and its garnish of pickled onion. The gleaming, dark green bottle is inspired by the original green tiling of the heritage-listed Edwardian façade of The Gibson bar. At 40 percent abv, it is available to the trade via distributor 10 Degrees C. The guide retail price is £35 to £40 for a 50cl bottle.

The new gin uses five original Copperhead botanicals of juniper, coriander seed, cardamom, angelica, and orange peel, and adds 14 pickling spices. These include mace, pepper, cassia, bay leaf, ginger, allspice, fennel and dill seeds. It is finished with a flourish of eight year old genever.

The worldwide launch (12 February) was naturally hosted at The Gibson bar London. For two consecutive years since its launch, The Gibson bar has featured in The World’s 50 Best Bars, attracting fans of classic martinis and experimental serves.

Bartenders and buyers are welcome to visit The Gibson for a taste of the new gin: 44 Old Street, London EC1V 9AQ. http://www.thegibsonbar.london.

New cocktails using Copperhead Gin The Gibson Edition will feature on the new menu and as specials. It will also be launched in other markets worldwide, and production will be on-going.

London, Edinburgh And Bristol Craft Beer Festivals ‘Raise The Bar’ For 2018

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Bringing together 17,000 visitors and attracting over 125 world class brewers from the UK, Europe and US, this year’s London, Edinburgh and Bristol Craft Beer Festivals are back and aiming to be the biggest series of Craft Beer Festivals in the UK.

Up 60% on last year, organisers and founders of We Are Beer, Greg Wells and Dan Sylvester, will once again bring the world’s finest craft beer, headline music acts and incredible food under one festival roof.

New for 2018 and a first for the industry, We Are Beer is launching ‘Raise the Bar’ – which seeks to find new, up-coming brewers and shine a light on creativity and innovation. In a bid to champion new talent, an expert panel will independently blind taste all submissions. They will then select the top four brewers to attend all three festivals providing them with a platform to showcase their beer to 17,000 people across the UK festivals.

The Raise the Bar panel includes: Jenn Merrick, former Beavertown head brewer and founder of a new community based brewery, Earth Station, Ben Freeman, co-founder and brewer at Pressure Drop, Jonny Garrett from Craft Beer Channel, and alongside Greg and Dan from We Are Beer.

Potential brewers (under 2 years in commercial production) are asked to enter online at https://raisethebar.wearebe er.com/ before submitting some samples of their beer for panel review. Entry deadline for Raise the Bar is Monday 12th March.

Among the first hand-picked brewers to be invited to the London festival are: Mikkeller from Copenhagen, Denmark, Cloudwater from Manchester, England, and Stillwater Artisanal from Baltimore, US. For Edinburgh, the line-up includes: Lervig Aktiebryggeri from Norway, Beavertown Brewery, from London and Tempest Brew Co. from The Borders, Scotland. The full line up of brewers for each location will be announced in the coming months.

Commenting on the festivals Greg Wells, co-founder of We Are Beer, said: “The festivals are an opportunity to celebrate modern beer and brewing culture from across the globe and give beer fans and those discovering craft beer the opportunity to sample a range of beers they wouldn’t normally get the chance to try.

In our quest to champion the incredible upcoming talent we are really excited about the potential for our ‘Raise the Bar’ competition to give young, new brewer’s a platform to showcase their beer on a UK stage,” he added.

Jenn Merrick, founder of community-based brewery, Earth Station and former head brewer of Beavertown and Meantime, said: “I am delighted to be asked by Dan and Greg to be a judge for Raise the Bar. I am a great believer in opening up the industry to a more diverse group of people – so it’s great to see an initiative like this which will support new talent.”

The Craft Beer Festivals will be returning for the sixth time in London, the third time in Bristol and second time in Edinburgh. Dates and locations for the Festivals are listed below:

· Edinburgh – 25th to 27th May 2018, Biscuit Factory, Leith

· London – 3rd to 5th August 2018, Tobacco Dock, Docklands

· Bristol – to be announced

Tickets for the London and Edinburgh Craft Beer Festivals are on sale now: londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk and edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk with Bristol going on sale from March (bristolcraftbeerfestival.co.uk).

Horatio Street Social Club To Launch In East London

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This February Horatio Street Social Club will launch in the basement of The Nelson’s Head, bringing a new cocktail bar to East London with neighbourhood vibes. The first venue from Simon Thompson and Jake O’Brien Murphy, who previously worked together at award-winning cocktail bar Callooh Callay, they’ll be bringing their unique blend of warm, relaxed hospitality and innovative cocktails to provide a new drinking den for cocktail lovers and locals. Horatio Street Social Club is the first ‘Social Club’ bar to launch, with plans for further venues throughout the UK later this year.

Hidden beneath The Nelson’s Head, Horatio Street Social Club will be an intimate space where guests can perch on stools at the bar or sit at one of the low-slung tables. Low  lighting, artwork on the walls and a playlist of eclectic, upbeat tunes will create a relaxed and informal atmosphere for a good night out.

The ethos of Horatio Street Social Club is underpinned by Simon and Jake’s belief that a night out is an important part of anyone’s social life. This means an emphasis on hospitality and making people feel welcome, as well as a cocktail menu which is innovative with world class drinks that are still accessible in flavour and price.

A menu of House Cocktails will showcase the team’s creativity, with regular changes and additions. Alongside this will be a list of Classic Cocktails, beer and a wine list by War on Terroir with something for all occasions – from easy drinking lager through to fizz for toasting a special occasion. The look of the physical menu will change monthly with new artwork inspired by a randomly picked theme.

Examples of House Cocktails priced at around £9 will include:

Naïve Melody – Campari, White Wine, Kola Nut Cordial
Inspired by the Bicicletta, an Italian café cocktail which takes its name from the idea that after one drink a bicycle could still be safely cycled home – the HSSC take on it is the perfect substitute for a Negroni or spritz. Exploring two of the world’s favourite drinks – Coca Cola and the Americano serve – the result is a cocktail with the aromatic notes of Bergamot and Kola, along with a moreish bitterness.

Garfield’s Funeral – Lot 40, Angel Share Syrup, Black Trumpet Mushroom Tincture
This cocktail is a celebration of the Old Fashioned. Angels Share Syrup takes its name from the evaporation of alcohol into the air during the whisky maturation process, and has been designed to be reminiscent of the dark, woody, musty smell of a barrel house – providing a strong backbone to the drink. The Black Trumpet Mushroom Tincture adds a note of umami. The drink takes its name from the first ever recorded reference to
the Old Fashioned cocktail at President Garfield’s funeral where whisky cocktails were reportedly served at a party that lasted five days.

Dirty Faces – Beeswax, Calvados, Gin, Apricot, Verjus
A modern take on the forgotten classic, Angel Face, by Harry Craddock for the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. Setting out to make the best possible version of the cocktail, the result is a deeply honeyed drink with stone fruit complexity – perfect sipped in place of a Martini or Manhattan.

Kill the Cook – Tequila, Red Pepper, Urfa, Red Iron, Lime
A drink that looks at tequila and agave, and the identity that comes with being a truly Mexican spirit. Traditional Mexican cooking methods are used alongside a look at the terroir of the Agave growing in Mexico. The Red Iron Solution is a nod to the mineralogy of Mexican red sand, whilst the red pepper and Urfa unite to create a sweet, smoky vegetal drink which is reminiscent of a Tommy’s Margarita.

Horatio Street Social Club is in soft launch from the beginning of February, and officially open from 15th February

Horatio Street Social Club
The Nelson’s Head
32 Horatio Street
London
E2 7SB

http://www.ClubsAreSocial.com
Instagram: @HoratioStreetSocialClub
Facebook: HoratioStreetSocialClub
Reservations: bookings@clubsaresocial.com

Open: 6pm – Midnight, Tuesday – Sunday

William Grant & Sons Distils Innovative Spirit at ‘Hackadram’

hackadram logoIndependent family own distillers, William Grant & Sons, is looking to define the future of the spirits through a ‘hackadram’, its version of a hackathon.

Taking place on the 25th and 26th January at Plexal, a hub for start-ups and enterprises, in east London, the Hackadram will see creatives and specialists from a wide range of backgrounds and industries attempt to crack four business challenges.

The Hackadram will distil some of the best practices from tech and start-ups, capturing their entrepreneurial spirit where problems are solved quickly in novel ways through ‘hacks’. There is a loose format to the two days with intensive, open minded creative sessions and the opportunity for participants to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

The judging panel consists of a number of individuals who are renowned innovators in their own fields including one of the world’s leading bartenders and owners Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan, entrepreneur Simon Devonshire OBE, who has co-founded and scaled-up a number of ventures including One Water and Zopa.com, and Ben Southworth, a start-up expert. They will be joined by a number of internal judges including William Grant & Sons Global Chief Marketing Officer, Philip Gladman.

The event features four challenges focusing on themes of ecommerce, bartender engagement, shopper targeting and disruptive drinking experiences. Ultimately William Grant & Sons is looking for genuinely ground breaking and game changing ideas to invest in and commission.

For more information go to http://www.hackadram.com

London’s First Prosecco Bar To Open In Tower Bridge

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February 2018 will see Prosecco​ ​House​, London’s first bar dedicated to
prosecco open at One Tower Bridge.

The bar will stock Prosecco DOCG, the premium prosecco from Veneto, the home of the
drink and has been created by owner Kristina Issa who wants to bring the same excellent quality of prosecco enjoyed in Italy to London.

Kristina is working directly with family owned vineyards in Veneto and will be exclusively stocking five vineyards that are not available anywhere else in London. The bar will have over 20 different proseccos on the menu, hand picked by Kristina herself.

The five wineries that will be served are: Marchiori, Rivalta, Cirotto, TASI Bio and Andreola. Guests will be able to enjoy glasses of prosecco starting at £7.50 and bottles starting from £30. Bottles will be available as standard, magnums and go up to jeroboams.

The interiors have been designed by Kristina and interior designer Justyna Czarnoba and
will include burnt orange velvet bar stools, hand selected marble from Italy and antique
bronze tables with mirrored glass surfaces. The bar will be stunningly back lit and have a wide variety of prosecco bottles on display.

The focal point of the room will be the large wine fridge that will span the whole side of the room chilling the prosecco to perfection. Guests are also able to buy bottles to take home with them and the aim is to create London’s best selection of prosecco available to enjoy at home too. The prosecco will also be available for delivery via UberEats and Deliveroo.

A small selection of cicchetti will be served alongside the prosecco and will include Salami Lovison, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola and Ricotta with sundried tomatoes and Italian pickled artichoke. There will also be a small selection of prosecco cocktails available including Aperol Spritz, Bellini and Prosecco House signature cocktails.

Prosecco House will be open from 11am each day and will also be serving delicious Italian coffees with focaccia sandwiches throughout.

Kristina says of her new venture, “the idea came to me over drinks with friends back in
January. I love prosecco but could never find a glass of the same quality here in London
compared to Italy. I wanted to create a bar that feels both luxurious but is also open to
everyone and that all feel welcome.

There is a gap in the market for a high quality bar serving the finest prosecco that is not in a hotel or a cocktail bar. I am working closely with producers to ensure guests receive the finest prosecco that is so readily available in Veneto.”

Prosecco House will sit within Berkeley Homes’ One Tower Bridge, a development of
high-specification apartments, five-star residents’ facilities, restaurants and commercial
space, including The Bridge Theatre.