After months of canvassing, campaigning and carefully-curated photo opps, Election Day 2015 is finally here.
In just a few hours the next UK Government will be revealed, but we say forget the politics and put the fun back into the polls with our selection of the best Election Night parties in London on May 7th.
Forget Blue vs. Red, The Cat and Mutton on Broadway Market are giving us the chance to vote on an issue we can really get stuck into: Free Wings vs Free Burgers. For the last week they’ve been running a public vote on the nation’s favourite fast food, and the winner will be revealed at the Election party tonight where you can enjoy either FREE wings or FREE burgers from 6pm onwards.
Where: 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Just a stone’s throw from Westminster, the Blue Boar Bar in St. James is showing a live stream of the election commentary on a big screen while offering a selection of special political party themed cocktails and ‘midnight feast’ until 3am for those pulling an all-nighter.
Four parties are represented in booze form, with the Bloody Ed (raspberry puree, Fraise de Bois Liqueur and cranberry juice drink) the Lib Cat Breeze (a vanilla and passion fruit conception inspired by Joey Essex’s confusion around the party name calling them the Liberal DemoCATS), Cameron’s Swivel Eyed Loons (a bright blue gin-based cocktail inspired by the famed comment made by a politician while in the Blue Boar in 2014) and the UKIP Fox (vodka and Blue Curacao mixed with violet liqueur and cranberry juice).
Where: 45 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LQ
There’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy, and whatever the result this “all-night election bonanza” at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club puts a comedy spin on the UK Election with an epic party from 9pm to 6am, including live coverage of the results and live comedy performances from the likes of Josie Long, Marcus Brigstock and Chris Coltrane.
Where: 42 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
Known by some as the ‘Westminster Canteen’, Cinnamon Club have pushed the boat out for election night with live results screenings during dinner, a ‘Bellini Ballot’ cocktail list served the Library with offerings such as Labour of Love, Tory Twist, and Liberal Libation, plus a chance to win an interactive Food & Wine Experience masterclass at Cinnamon Kitchen by correctly speculating the winning party.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
The hotspot for independent creatives are holding an Election Party tonight, with a wide selection of politically-themed burgers, cocktails and games, and DJ Dirty Harry on the decks for your amusement. They’re also getting a visit from the CNN Big Red Bus, which will be arriving on Endell Street at 12.20am to quiz guests about their opinion on the election and the results.
Where: The Hospital Club, Royal Opera House, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ
The swanky Rib Room Bar & Restaurant on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge have rustled up a series of Election cocktails available until May 8th, with a dedicated drink for each of the party leaders. Plus, there’s a lovely terrace if you need to escape from all the political chat.
Left Field (Labour) – Play it left-wing with this crimson cocktail consisting of a base of Campari, blended with the citrus flavours of Grand Marnier and fresh lemon juice, and balanced with a dash of Grenadine syrup.
Third Party (Lib Dems) – Fans of the third party can try this sweet concoction. Yellow in colour like the Liberal Democrats, the cocktail consists of malt whisky Glenfiddich, Chenin blanc wine, lightly flavoured with apple juice, sugar syrup and topped off with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
True Blue (Conservative) – Go Tory with this blue beverage made up of the floral flavour of Bombay Sapphire Gin, the citrus tang of Blue Curacao, and finished with fresh lemon juice and an egg white. Served in a Martini glass for extra class.
Naughty Nigel (UKIP) – Just like UKIP, this cocktail offers plenty of punch with the flavours of Plymouth gin and Creme de Violette mixed with fruity Damson vodka, zesty lemon juice and finished off with an egg white and an orange twist.
The Common Good (Green) – Supporters of the eco-friendly Green Party will love this fruity creation, consisting of Finlandia vodka, the musk-melon flavour of Midori, apple liqueur and fresh lime juice.
Where: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY