Merchant House's two London venues promote the finest collections of gin, rum or whiskey anywhere in the world and now you have the chance to soak it all up at a masterclass dedicated to your spirit of choice.
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.
Over the usual speed dating events? Head east where Plate is hosting an evening all about wine. Mingle with your fellow singles over a variety of quaffable wines, all carefully selected by a knowledgeable sommelier. Plus there's even tasty nibbles to chow down on while you're getting to know that special someone.
Franco's London are throwing their biggest party of the year with the annual rosé tasting event. Sample up to 50 unique wines over two floors and enjoy the sound of electronic jazz from some excellent DJs.
Celebrate World Whisky Day at Soane's Kitchen wheer you'll find a boose-fuelled feast teaming up various pairings with tasty deished. Think Johnny Walker Black, Bulleit Bourbon and more alongside welcome cocktails and a 3-course spread.
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.
Think you know prosecco? You ain't seen anything if you still haven't been to Prosecco House. Located at Tower Bridge, the fizz-fuelled spot invites you to partake in a tasting, complete with six drinks, complimentary mixed platters and more.
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.
The Rhythm and Booze boys are back with their latest whisky tasting event. Merging live performance with a multi-sensory experience, it's one of the most unique events in London.
The spring season is popping off at Soane's Kitchen where Ealing's favourite eatery is welcoming in a wealth of collaborations for its monthly supper club, including link ups with Sipsmith Gin and a unique evening with prison charity Switchback.
Head to Osteria where this unique supper club is turning your love of Italian fizz into a specialism. Learn the ins-and-outs of prosecco, including taste differentiation and food pairings, and get ready to really impress your mates.
Whether you're a huge fan of whisky or looking to learn about a new spirit, this boozy masterclass will be right up your street. Taste your way around a variety of blends as you learn about the history and techniques that go with them.
Head to the Leyton Star and explore the pairing you never even knew you needed, cocoa and cold brews. Goose Island Beer co and Gemini Chocolate are heading down to guide you through your exploration of all the unique flavours.
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.
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.
Calling all Margarita lovers! This tour across eight stunning establishments will see you trying a selection of gorgeous concoctions, with tasty food bites along the way and heaps of entertainment to keep you on your toes.
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.
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.
If you love your gin, this sip through time will be a truly inspiring experience. Taste your way through the history of the nation's favourite spirit, from the early days of gin punch right up to present day, as you sample delicious cocktails from each era.
Head to The White Bear where their unique take on drinks tasting is back. Putting the fun back into wine swilling you'll be prodded, poked and blindfolded, all in the name of wine.
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.
All aboard the London Gin Cruise as Artisan Spirits invites you to a gin-fuelled boat tour setting off at Walkers Quay. Not only will you be able to experience a masterclass and meet the distiller, but you'll be treated to gin-inspired tapas, live music and a variety of G&Ts.
When it comes to cocktails in London, it's all about bespoke tipples. Head west where you'll find drinks made to measure at JuJu. Located on the iconic King's Road, you'll find low-lit interiors and expert bartenders on hand to whip up bespoke drinks all made to your tastes.
Head to The Star of Kings where the Kings Cross pub will be playing host to a night with one of Europe's most exciting breweries. With a flight of four Mikkeller beers for just £15, paired snacks and tasting notes, it's one of the best beer events in London this spring.
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.
Fancy learning how to make your own bottle of gin? Ableforth's Bathtub Gin is heading to The Racketeer in King's Cross for a night of drinking, mixing and sipping. Spend the evening learning about the hot new spirit, mix up a bottle to take home, and enjoy tasty nibbles to help line your stomach.
Head to 68 & Boston where the Soho joint will be showing some stunning bottles courtesy of the Ernie Els Winery. Join Tom Mills from the brand as he guides you through six samples of the stuff, alongside some tasty food from the 68 & Boston kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
Have a go at creating your own 19th century French spirits advertisements with Lillet cocktails to hand. You'll get to sip away as you try your hand at painting with watercolours at this fun, interactive event in Leyton.
Feeling thirsty? Taste your way through 5 varieties of whisky and learn all about training your nose and palate as Covent Garden's LIBRARY bar hosts an evening dedicated to tasting some of the world's best blends.
From sparkling wines from Chapel Down to tequila with Patrón and gin with Tanqueray, this series of booze-fuelled masterclasses is bringing all kinds of spirits to Reverend JW Simpson. Learn all about your favourite booze and taste your way through cocktails and samples.
This quirky pop-up is creating marvellous inventions from everyone's favourite sweet treat. From chocolate cocktails to the wines and beers, to the signature Chocolate Chocotini, there's plenty to sink your teeth into.
The Trinity Arms are opening up their beautiful beer garden for a unique gin tasting experience with Sipsmith and Fever Tree. You'll get to sample a number of delicious creations, all while munching on a very special brunch offering.
It's all about gin at this quirky masterclass. Located in Hackney's Martello Hall and two South London bars, you can go on a journey through the history of gin, before sipping on GTs, tasting tonics and blending botanicals as you create your very own gins to take away.
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.
Looking for a wine bar in London that offers only the best in wine tastings? Join Abbotshill Wine Bar for just that as this South Ealing spot can cater tastings to suit your palate, and the palate of your guests.
Laki Kane are giving you the chance to have a go at distilling your own bespoke rum at this unique masterclass and tasting session. Utilise a method never previously available to the public, and create a rum masterpiece with a copper alembic pot at this interactive experience.
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.