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Community Spirit: A group is pictured 'cheersing' with cocktails


Leading bartenders from across the capital have announced they’ll be throwing a fundraiser in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, in the launch of a new drinks industry fundraising initiative – Community Spirit. 

On Sunday 9th of July, some of the best bars in London will be coming together to shake up some incredible cocktails at a one-off fundraiser event – with 100% of revenues going to charities connected with the disaster.

Bartenders from communities across London will be making the journey west to Westbank in Notting Hill, with the drinks menu changing throughout the day and night depending on who’s behind the stick. With many of London’s most celebrated bars confirmed to be involved, including Callooh Callay, City Social, Trailer Happiness and Barrio Bars – get ready to taste the best drinks you’ll ever drink in the name of a good cause.

Alongside phenomenal cocktails, there will be live music, DJs (including a guest set from The Shapeshifters), food, a charity auction, and both indoor and outdoor space for ideal Sunday vibes. We Stand Together T-shirts by the W11 Campaign will also be on sale on the day.

Ticket price, which will be donated in full to the chosen charities, will be £20 and will include 3 delicious full-size cocktails. More drinks will be available to buy on the day – and thanks to the incredible generosity of many of the UK’s best-loved drinks brands – all income goes straight to the people who need it.

Sly Augustin, of Notting Hill’s Trailer Happiness has lived in West London all his life and is heading up the team.

He said: “The events at Grenfell have affected me deeply. But the one ray of light was the incredible response from the community. Regular people stepped up and gave time and possessions without a second thought.

The bar world has an equally strong sense of community – people you don’t know will go out of their way to help you as standard. It was no surprise when people within the industry reached out and offered support immediately after the Grenfell disaster. What I didn’t realise is just how many people wanted to help and just how many brands were willing to get involved.

I can’t wait to see the culmination of this generosity, and we intend to grow Community Spirit beyond this recent tragedy, fundraising to give back to local communities across the capital on an ongoing basis”.

The chosen charities are Rugby Portobello and The Harrow Club, which are local community organisations located in the area and working on the ground, The London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund, and The K & C Foundation, which work to fund local groups.

For tickets and more information, head to www.communityspirit.fund, and for regular updates, look for @ldnspiritfund across social.


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