If you’re a fan of Italy’s iconic orange bittersweet aperitif, then make sure you head over to Shoreditch’s Electric Light Station between 31st May and 9th June for Aperol’s Big Spritz Social event. A perfect summer drink celebration, “Lightly alcoholic, zesting orange with appealing complex herbal scents harmonized with a touch of vanilla” – who needs the Italian Riviera when you have Aperol in London, eh? Oh, and take along a friend.

Bringing “the Italian spirit of spontaneity to Shoreditch”, the Aperol Big Spritz Social wants Londoners to head to its event as a precursor to a good night out (unless you go on one of the two Saturdays – those should be nights out enough in themselves). As the company explains, “Its orange is unmistakable, a vibrant colour that lights up your toasts and adds extra joy to the moment”. And what better a place to enjoy its bubbles than at Shoreditch Electric Light Station?

Shoreditch Electric Light Station is a unique venue. Originally an electric generating station in 1896, this industrial space is ripe for hire for multiple types of events, with its individual studios, and the Combustion and Generating chambers, available throughout the year. Also home to the National Centre for Circus Arts, both creative artists and businesses alike utilise the Victorian building’s unusual breadth of space.

How do you fancy rowing the “Aperol orange” canal bathed in ‘sunshine’? Too energetic? Then, why not try a spot of shade in the pergola, finished off with a delightfully childish whizz down the slide? Indeed, that recapturing of one’s youth can be had also in a carousel ride, no ever-so-slightly creepy fairground music in the background, but rather a marvellous, ear-pleasing DJ set and – of course – a deliciously refreshing glass of Aperol Spritz firmly in hand.

Don’t worry about hunger, either. Traditionally, such aperitifs are served (at least in Veneto) with cicchetti; a bit like tapas, these can include olives, miniscule sandwiches, and equally tiny servings of local dishes. To this end, Arancina will be providing aperitivo during the event (included in the ticket price).

Created through seven years’ hard experimentation between 1912 and 1919 by the Barbieri brothers after they inherited a liqueur factory from their father, Aperol quickly became a popular social drink in Italy, but it wasn’t until 1950 that Aperol Spritz was developed (that decade also saw the first Aperol commercial air on television). By the 1980s, Aperol and Aperol Spritz were internationally known and consumed. Acquired by Gruppo Campari in the millennium, Aperol’s popularity only increased, right up until the present day.

Given this popularity, pre-paid tickets are sold out, but on-the-door Walk Up tickets are available from 7.30pm to 9.30pm each day (£10; two for £18; four for £34). Opening times are 6pm to 10pm every day, and 10pm to 12pm as well on both Saturdays. Two glasses of Aperol Spritz and a selection of aperitivo provided by Arancina are included in the price. Additional Aperol Spritz are £6 each.