Cocktails and craft float your boat? Well, literally, you’re in luck! For the next few days, Campari have taken up a residency on the canal beside London’s designjunction, where visitors can indulge in food, drinks, and even get a little bit arty with some awesome bottle design workshops.
Campari has a bit of a reputation as that bottle in your cupboard that appeared as a gift, and you’re now not sure what to do with. But their residency as part of London Design week is intended to re-invigorate our feelings towards the Italian aperitif, and showcase the brand’s history as part of Italian design and culture.
The Campari Creates barge is pretty hard to miss – it’s all decked out in a bright Campari red, with the brand name displayed in a colourful installation alongside the boat. Inside, you can treat yourself to Campari cocktails, and enjoy some Italian streetfood bites. On a sunny London afternoon, you could basically pretend you’re in Milan.
As well as being open for Campari cocktails all day and evening, the boat is also home to Campari cocktail masterclasses and bottle design workshops. We headed down on Sunday to give it a go for ourselves…
Usually, I’d be all up in the business of the cocktail making class, because hello, I’m Milly and I’m a v. big cocktail fan. However, lately I’ve been all about trying things that are a bit new and different, so instead I chose the Bottle Decorating session. Because I may like cocktails, but I also like going all artsy and getting my craft on.
Especially when there’s booze involved. Yep, there are still cocktails involved in this one too!
We settled into one of the booths, with the rather lovely Katy from Certified Nosh, and her equally lovely husband Jeremy. Campari G&Ts arrived at our table, and I was a big fan. A bitter twist on your standard gin cocktail, I’ll be slipping a dash of the red stuff into my future G&Ts for sure (especially as we now have plenty of it at home…!).
The bottle decorating workshop is being run by the London Craft Club, and we had crafty queen Dee on hand to give us a few tips before we got started.
On the tables, as well as a full bottle of Campari each (and yes, you get to take that home), we were provided with loads of thin vinyl decals in a palette of complimentary colours to use on our bottles. Fun patterns were applied with the help of a few tools, as we chatted away and tried out a couple more Campari cocktails.
When it comes to craft, I’ve learnt that my attitude is ‘more is more’. So, I went all out, and my bottle featured lots of decals in fun patterns. From my scrapbooking endeavours, I’ve come to appreciate the relaxing vibe that getting crafty creates. Even if it’s something simple, you don’t have to be a design expert to appreciate the sense of satisfaction that creating something brings.
Once we’d done with our bottles and had them ready to take home (if anyone fancies coming over for a Campari cocktail sesh – we’ve got plenty), we stayed on the boat for a bit enjoying the ambience and sipping on some Campari classics. A colourful AND tasty way to spend an afternoon!
The Campari Creates residency runs through to Sunday 24th September, and is open from midday until 11pm (except Sunday when it closes at 9pm – probably a blessing for those who need to be in the office the next morning…). Info on workshop sessions can be found here. Whether it’s taking part in something fun, or just popping down for a drink over the weekend – Campari Creates will certainly give you a taste of Italian deliciousness without leaving London’s waterways!
Granary Square Steps, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA