Festival FAQ

What is the Mindful Drinking Festival?

The Mindful Drinking Festival will have a range of innovative drinks to taste and buy, talks and tasting events with the producers, music, food, and much more.

And what’s this “mindful drinking”?

It could be cutting down on alcohol. Or doing a sober sprint. Or even going completely alcohol-free. It is really up to you. We try to explain in more detail here. You can find much more of the same over at Club Soda.

So you’re against alcohol?

Not at all! We have nothing against alcohol (in moderation). There are plenty of beer festivals and other such events happening in London this summer, and that’s great (take a look at London Beer City for example). But at this festival we will only have drinks that are either alcohol-free, or under 0.5% ABV (you may call them “low alcohol”, “alcohol-free”, or “non-alcoholic” depending on your definition, legally it’s all a bit complicated…).

How much does it cost?

Nothing! The festival is free to attend for everyone. You can still “book a ticket” in advance though.

Ok, what do I get if I “book a ticket”?

We will keep you updated on all the latest festival news via email: what drinks, music and other fun stuff to expect, and any practical things you should know in advance. But you can always turn up without reserving a ticket too (and in fact we won’t be asking anyone about their bookings).

How do I get to Bermondsey Square?

London Bridge Station (Jubilee and Northern lines, National Rail) is a short walk away: exit the station through the Shard exit, walk east on St Thomas’s Street, turn right to Bermondsey Street, and as you walk past St Mary Magdalen church, just cross Abbey Street and you’re there! Alternatively you can walk from Bermondsey tube station (Jubilee line) which is a longer walk, but takes you past Maltby Street Market which is also open on Sunday. The square postcode is SE1 3UN.

What about the environment?

Good question, and something we’ve been thinking about too. We are trying to minimize the amount of waste at the festival. We will use as few disposable cups and glasses as possible, instead we are asking everyone to buy a special hard plastic festival glass that they can use for the tastings etc. We will also provide free water to rinse the glasses between drinks.

Festival glasses, tell me more

Gladly! We will have hard plastic glasses, specially made with the festival logo, so there’s less or no need for disposable cups. You can buy one when you get to the festival for £3, and take it home with you and keep using it.

And goody bags, someone mentioned goody bags?

Yes, you will get a free festival goody bag with your festival glass, with some super tasty drinks inside!

There will be food too?

Yes! We will have a number of food stalls, along with the drinks, with different types of food, desserts, and snacks. And the Bermondsey Square Hotel, which is part of the festival, will be serving food all day too.

Is there drink and food for vegetarians and vegans?

Yes! Most of the drinks will be vegan (do ask if you’re not sure though – some of the beers and wines may not be!). There will be vegan food too.

What about gluten-free?

We are putting together info on what drinks are and aren’t gluten-free – but there should be at least one gluten-free beer to try and buy (Ambar – ask at the Alcohol-Free Shop stall).

Can I come to the festival if I have a food allergy?

Festival vendors will make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions, however, there is always a risk of cross-contamination and those with allergies should be aware of this. Please check with food and drink traders as they will be able to tell you more about their products.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes dogs are allowed into the festival if they are kept on a short lead. We are also trying to get some dog beer in, so that the dogs can do a bit of beer tasting too. More info to follow soon…

What about disabled access?

The festival site is fully accessible, and there are disabled toilets at the square.

Is it child friendly?

Yes! There will many drinks suitable for children, and we will also put on facepainting and games for everyone, young and old.

Are there cash machines?

Yes! There is a cash machine at the Sainsbury’s supermarket on the festival square. But please try to come with some cash with you as the cashpoint may get very busy on the day…

And toilets?

Also yes, there are toilets on the square.

Can I pay with a credit/debit card?

You can pay for your food at the hotel with a card. Some of the food and drink vendors on the site may accept payment by card but we cannot guarantee it I’m afraid.