22 Feb 2017 | by Gemma Chadwick

Cocktails are big business, why not shake up your next event at one of these venues?

With national Margarita Day being held on the 22nd February, here at Penguins HQ we have decided to look at how you can use cocktail culture to make your event more impactful. Cocktails are big in the city creating a greater demand for imaginative alternatives to the norm.

We can all think of a cocktail that transports us back to a happy place. Imagine if you could recreate this experience for your brand. We have worked with many clients to create their own unique cocktails which have now become synomous with their brand and are in high demand at all of their events.

Given this we have scoured London to find the hottest cocktail venues (it's a tough job!), that can provide the allure of an intimate cocktail saloon, whilst accommodate for your larger scale conferences or events. Check out our top picks below:

1) Artesian @ The Langham Hotel


Located in the iconic Langham Hotel the Artesian Bar has a chilled out friendly feel and is the place to be seen. Winner of the Worlds best bar for 4 consecutive years by Drinks International, the bar has an inventive cocktail menu which stands out of from the rest. The hotel itself has a good mix of meeting space and can cater for events up to 375 pax.

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2) Dandelyan @ The Mondrian London Hotel


Part of the Morgan’s hotel group the Dandelyan can be found in The Mondrian Hotel located on London’s vibrant Southbank. Having won numerous awards over the past few years it is definitely making a name for itself. Enjoy great views of the Thames whilst enjoying a cocktail inspired by the British countryside. With flexible meeting space which can accommodate up to 275 pax this could be the venue to add that something extra to your event.

3) Radio Rooftop Bar @ Me London


Located on the 10th floor of the Me London the Radio Rooftop bar is uber cool with panoramic views of the city. Enjoy a cocktail from the bar’s innovative cocktail menu, our favorite being The Pink One! The hotel prides itself of being cutting edge and it doesn’t disappoint. Its meeting space can accommodate up to 300 for a cocktail reception.

4) Scarfes Bar @ The Rosewood London


Walk in to the Scarfes Bar and you instantly feel at home because of its cosy relaxed atmosphere, complimented greatly by the roaring open fire. The bar has live music 7 nights a weeks and a creative cocktail menu. Or if you want something a bit different ask the bartenders to specially curate a cocktail for you. The bar can be privately hired from 7am until 11am making it a perfect place for a breakfast meeting. The Rosewood has a collection of 12 meeting spaces, the largest being able to accommodate a cocktail reception for up to 555 pax. If you are looking to add glamour to your event then the Rosewood could be for you.

5) The Bloomsbury Club Bar @ The Bloomsbury Hotel

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Part of the Doyle collection The Bloomsbury takes its influences from the 1920’s and 1930’s The Bloomsburys Club Bar not only focuses on the forgotten classics but also new creations. The bar is split into two areas, the outdoor but heated Dalloway Terrace where hot water bottles and free shots of Génépi liqueur are offered making it a cosy experience. Whilst the main bar displays artwork and books linked to the Bloomsbury set. The hotel has impressive meeting space, from their stately ballroom which can hold up to 300 delegates to intimate smaller meeting rooms.

Whether you have an event in the pipeline or looking for inspiration for next year, it is definitely worth checking out these venues for a cheeky cocktail. In the meantime why not check out these killer margarita recipes to wet your appetite.

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Gemma Chadwick

By Gemma Chadwick

Gemma began her career in events back in 2002 when she joined Penguins as an events manager. Since then Gemma has risen through the ranks and taken on greater involvement in the general running of the business. She officially moved away from event operations in 2016 where she assumed the role of Business and HR Manager.More articles by Gemma Chadwick