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Best Drinks Events and Tastings in London
Of course there's nothing wrong with indulging in the same drink every time you go out, but with the summer in full swing, there's never been a better time to step into the dark and explore everything that the city's bartenders have to offer. We've always been blessed in London. Constantly surrounded by hundreds of bars and with an army of expert mixologists and sommeliers, we get to experience exotic tastes and spices from all over the globe. It's time to stop dipping your toes; just dive straight in. Check out our recommendations for the best drinks events in London and discover some of the ace liquor-centric activities this city has to offer.
From making scientific cocktails in a clapped out RV to cracking codes Bletchley Park style, Lollipop are no stranger to organising incredible events. This latest one will no different as they take on the world of AI, for an escape room and cocktail experience.
Head to East London's trendy ME hotel for a gorgeous evening of wine tasting and delicious tapas courtesy of Radio Rooftop. Sample three of Ramon Bilbao's Rioja varieties set to the backdrop of classic tunes and the elegant surroundings of the Marconi Lounge.
Looking for great drinks in north London? Not only is The Rhythm and Booze Project bringing an open whisky bar to The Harrison, but they've even got a stellar show filled with roots, folk and blues music, as well as, multi-sensory experiences.
One cider just ain't enough, that's why Pilango Cider Bar & Shop is hosting a tasting that'll have you sipping on a variety of lip-smacking tipples. Expect a selection of fruity ciders every 1st Saturday of the month at this Parsons Green favourite.
Venture below the railway arches of Camden and you'll find Camden Town Brewery, the home of Hells. If you fancy finding out how all the magic is made, venture inside and experience a unique tour around the site, with plenty of delicious samples along the way.
Head down to Bermondsey-based brewery Hawkes for a masterclass in the art of creating craft cider. Included in the trip will be a tour of the factory, delicious stonebaked pizza and a lesson on different types of apples involved in the production process, you'll even be able to give it a go for yourself, creating your own individual bespoke sip.
London's first bar dedicated to prosecco is playing host to a monthly tasting event at One Tower Bridge. The experience will take you through the history of the drink as well as allowing you to sample tastings from a number of gorgeous vineyards.
Grab your favourite bottle of hooch and head west where a team of expert mixologists at the Moonshine Saloon are waiting to mix you up some stunning cocktails at one of the best drinks events in London.
Supper club specialists Disappearing Dining Club are back at the Dartmouth Arms this autumn with a unique new menu inspired by the Portuguese capital. With a stunning array of dishes on offer, from slow-cooked pork belly to prawn carpaccio, the night will also see guests treated to paired wines and an excellent soundtrack of Latino and Portuguese jazz.
Get to grips with one of Covent Garden's best cocktail menus as La Goccia launches its unique masterclass this September. Head over to the Floral Court restaurant for the chance to tackle some of their unique concoctions with help and direction from their exemplary bartenders.
Prepare to be taken on a botanical adventure as Flock Beyond brings you welcome drinks, gin samples and the chance to try 3 extremely hard to find bottles. Make your way to the City for all that with food to boot.
This unique session from the whisky experts at Black Rock is going beyond your classic tasting session to bring you a more interactive drinking experience. With five drams ready for the tasting, as well as the chance to create your very own, it's one of the best tasting events in London this year.
Head over to London Fields where this quirky brewery is giving you the lowdown on how perfect beer comes into being. From a history of the company to how they turn the simplest of ingredients into all manner of different pints, it's one of the best brewery tours in London.
Goat in Chelsea is known for its delicious cocktails and stone-baked pizzas and now they're letting you in on their secret. Head to the swish spot every Thursday for a different themed cocktail class, along with 50% off food and drink when you're done.
It's all about gin at this quirky masterclass. Located in Hackney's Martello Hall and Brixton's Serata Hall, you can go on a journey through the history of gin, before sipping on G&Ts, tasting tonics and blending botanicals as you create your very own gins to take away.
Based in London Bridge, the Hide Bar is a elegant cocktail bar and restaurant that serves Londoners delicious concoctions and crafty dishes. Hosting a number of cocktail classes and with a library of books all based around mixology, the team of bartenders are purists, sticking to traditional recipes and techniques. Alongside the many plates of traditional food, the masterminds behind this bar make use of Borough Market to supply their chefs and mixologists with the finest ingredients available in London.
Join Cider Box in Walthamstow for a series of cider and cheese events, promising to fill your bellies and your palate with brains of interesting flavours and information. You'll learn all about home brews and cheeses from further afield and these fun sessions.
The perfect afternoon activity for any beer fanatic, Ale Hunters' tasting tours take place all over London and allow ticket-holders to see a very different (and thirst-quenching) side of the city, visiting numerous pubs and learning all about the brewing process.
Get your drink on as the charming Juno Rooms brings you masterclasses, foraging dinners and more from some of the best gin brands in the biz. Expect delicious drinks with the food to match, right in the heart of the City.
Prepare to be led on a booze-fuelled journey, as Mac and Wild and whisky author, Blair Bowman, take you on a whisky journey like no other! Expect cocktail and canapes alongside tastings in the dark, for a truly immersive experience.
If nothing pleases you better than an ice cold beer on a hot summer's day in the city, then head south and explore the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile. Led by a team of specialists, this craft beer tasting in London features pit stops at the finest breweries south of the Thames, including Anspach & Hodbay, Fourpure and Partizan Brewing. From the Flatiron to the Beartooth, guests will have the chance to sample a huge range of beers and ales, all produced using the freshest ingredients and grains.
Head to Parsons Green where Pilango is opening up its shop floor for a series of tastings and masterclasses where you'll sample everything from Champagne-style fizz to dessert ciders.
The Hammersmith Ram is teaming up with Martin Miller Gin to host an evening of gin tasting and gingerbread house crafting event. The perfect event to get you feeling all festive inside, tickets include a masterclass of gin as well as a gift bag to take home.
Step into M Restaurant and you'll be greeted by an interior of deep dark tonnes, lavish interiors and impeccable service. But while the delicious food and beautiful inside is one bonus, they also have their own dedicated wine tasting area, meaning you can sample the wines before indulging in a bottle yourself.
Ditch the usual drinks and head to SE1 where this quirky distillery invites you to their very own gin masterclass. Learn about the history of England's favourite spirit and get your lips around 4 different drinks.
A unique bar and Asian-inspired eatery in Shoreditch, Bull In A China Shop is an absolute must for whisky fans in the city. Explore the bar's collection of unique and rare finds with their informative workshops and bespoke tasting sessions.
Head over to Catford for an evening at Bottle Bar and Shop where you'll get to sample six of The Kernel Brewery's delicious craft beers, IPAs and stouts and learn about the brand and creation process by The Kernel's Ric Brown.
Step into London's most notorious immersive prison experience and learn to whip up secret hooch with one of it's most dastardly inmates. Your ticket get you free hooch on entry, as well as three specially-designed creations and a thrilling adventure behind bars.
Withe their roots firmly in London soil, Fourpure is a unique brewery that offers plenty of fun, interesting days out in the city. From brew days and tasting sessions to pub quizzes and bottomless brunches, you'd be hopping mad to miss to on these cool events.
This summer, get a first-rate education in all things whisky form a team of connoisseurs. Merchant House are opening the doors to their enormous collection to teach you all about the production of each creation, with exclusive tastings to accompany.
For the chance to really get to grips with your favourite caffeinated beverage, this unique masterclass will be bestowing on you the secrets of the bean, from history to crafting the perfect home brew.
Fancy yourself as a whisky connoisseur? Learn all about the rich history of Scottish blends, delve into different regions and sample five handpicked creations at this one of a kind tasting sessions at London Scottish House this November.
Humble Grape's wine events are bridging the gap between makers and drinkers with their fun, quirky workshops. From taste bud testing to wine maker and tapas nights, to exploring the flavours of Germanic wines, there's something for everyone to explore.
Set sail on a unique gin cruise around the Olympic Park this summer. You'll get to sip on four bespoke mixes, accompanied by a short history lesson, all served in crystal glasses that can be kept as a souvenir, with a couple of other goodies thrown in too.
From wine tastings centred on specific French regions to a superb Chianti masterclass and even a special Christmas-themed cellar tasting, Petersham Nurseries is a top choice for wine tasting in London. Head to the central London favourite for grape-fuelled imbibing.
This North London Beer festival is giving you the perfect reason for some good old weekend day drinking, with a bunch of craft beer stalls all offering delicious brews in aid of charity. Quaff on £2 half-pints over the three-day event and test out some new breweries from across the south east.
One of the best drinks tastings in London this month, Goose Island's Shoreditch outpost is putting together a menu of devilishly good beer and bourbon pairings, alongside a few slices of deep dish pizza for soakage, and the chance to try their new bourbon stout.
Treat yourself to a classy evening of wine tasting and a vino masterclass at the stylish Salt Yard. You'll get to try five wines perfectly suited for the colder months showcased by their suppliers Les Cave des Pyrene and help them decide which to include in their new seasonal menu.
Feeling fantastically festive? Enjoy an evening at Bunch of Grapes in London Bridge, where you'll be treated to gin cocktails and gingerbread house making in a cosy, and fun Christmassy setting. It's e perfect way to make a festive gift and get a little tipsy while doing it.
For a glimpse of the process that goes into creating craft beers, look no further than North London-based Hammerton Brewery. Running regular tasting sessions and guided tours, this is the perfect place to dip your toe into the world of craft beer creation.
The team at the Half Hitch Micro Brewery in Camden are throwing open their doors this Autumn, inviting guests to a special masterclass revolving around all the wonders of gin. In a special session, guests will first try some of the Half Hitch's finest gins, before learning all about the spirit courtesy of the gin specialists behind the bar. After that, you'll have the chance to create your own bespoke gin, made using ingredients that you've brought from home.
Think you know wines? Get involved in wine and food matching, as Winfield Wines bring you everything from wine and tapas evenings to blind tastings and a world wine tour. Expect a selection of New and Old World wines alongside a variety of food.
From summer to winter, South Place Hotel always goes all out. This season, the City favourite has paired up with CÎROC for a cocktail masterclass. Think vodka tipples and wintry scenes complete with icicles, fur blankets and more.
Gin Tonica is a mecca for gin lovers; head to the revamped Victorian pub in Notting Hill to find more than 100 types of gin, all served Spanish style in a great goblet. Line your stomach with their scrumptious range of tapas.
Head to Bloomsbury's Montague on the Gardens where their unique Leopard Bar plays host to a stunning wine tasting event. Learn the ins and outs of South African wines from the Bouchard Finlayson estate with this tutored session that include three wines and some light snacks.