London’s best cocktail bars are closed for the foreseeable future. But many of the faces behind them are still working hard—hand making cocktails and organising deliveries across the city. So if you’ve got a little extra cash to splash around for that Zoom birthday party, flat meeting or badly-organised games night, you’re in luck. Plus you get the added value of smugly telling your friends how important it is to keep small businesses alive. To that end, here’s just a few of our favourite London cocktail delivery services.
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Lollipop has made headlines as one of London’s more creative immersive experience companies. Their usual spots include a 1940s codebreaking bar, a Breaking Bad inspired meth lab themed bar, and a naked restaurant. Given their pop-up chops, it’s no surprise that they were quick to adapt to London cocktail delivery, bringing bottled booze right to your door.
Everything is mixed and bottled by hand in Chelsea, and each drink comes with a classy garnish for that from-the-bar touch. A few bottles with a housemate is enough to turn even the dingiest of living rooms or balconies into a brief immersive cocktail experience (drink at heights responsibly, folks).
The paloma and punchy funhouse are especially tasty. Meanwhile, coffee lovers will appreciate the espresso martini, which builds up a pretty good head of foam if you shake it like hell before pouring.
The same day deliveries are lightning fast if you’re within 5 miles of Chelsea. One-off boxes of three, six or twelve usually work out at around £5.00 per serving.
The Duppy Share
Founded in London, The Duppy Share brings an expert blend of Jamaican and Barbadian rums to London’s cocktail scene. In regular times, you can enjoy their rum at Trailer Happiness, one of our favourite not-so-secret gems in Notting Hill—where they’ve been known to collaborate on £5.00 rum punches during Carnival month.
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Right now though, they’re offering “Home Rum” kits for £20.00—with proceeds going to charities supporting hospitality workers. The kit comes with two rather nice copper cups, a 200 ml bottle of rum and two bottles of Fever Tree Ginger beer. Just add ice and lime. You can make three or four drinks using the kit. We recommend keeping some extra mixer handy to get the most out of it.
If you’re treating yourself (or someone else) the spiced rum is a step above the competition. Just mix 50 ml with 25ml of lime juice and 25ml simple syrup for a frankly worryingly easy-to-drink pineapple daiquiri.
The Sun Tavern
One for east Londoners, The Sun Tavern is usually best known for whisky and craft beer, but has the home cocktail experience down to a science. The main draws are the “Quarantini” and cocktail kit boxes, which range from £15.00 to £50.00—generally under £4.00 for a serving.
Kits come with branded cork coasters, and same day delivery is free within 2 miles of the Bethnal Green Bar. If you’re hyper local-you can order or pick up your drinks in-person from the hatch. And if you’re further out you can expect 2–5 days for delivery. At £1.50 a pop, you might as well throw in a box of the Martini Fiero and tonic bottles too—they’re a perfect refresher over ice on a warm day.
Led by Brodie Meah (Top Cuvée) and Max Venning (Three Sheets), this online store connects London with several of the city’s trendier cocktail joints. Everything within the catchment zone is delivered next day by cycle courier, with free delivery on orders over £50.00.
In terms of choice, you’ll see signature cocktails from the likes of Three Sheets, Scout, Mr Lyan and Black Lines. These include, negronis, martinis and gimlets by the bottle, along with more unusual picks. Prices usually add up to around £5.00 per serving. There’s a decent selection of craft beer and wine too.
You can also order super-bougie restaurant quality ready meals from their kitchen. Perfect if you’re looking to recreate a fancy night out from the comfort of your cramped flat.
With its eclectic décor and inventive menu, Callooh Callay in Shoreditch is well worth adding to your list of cocktail bars to visit when things reopen. Until then, you can sample a slightly pared-back offering of bottled cocktails.
The selection looks to change every week. This week’s menu is on the fruity end of the cocktail spectrum, with plenty of bright citrussy flavours expertly paired with spirits from around the world. A bottle (10 servings if you’re following their instructions) costs £44.00. You can also order single-serve spirits and mixers, which come in at £3.90 each.
Callooh Callay’s same-day deliveries are free across most of London, and come with ice. So you don’t need to go through the whole charade of buying essentials when all you really want is a bag of ice.
Don’t have the time or cash to order cocktails in? Here’s our favourite quick and easy cocktails to make at home.