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.

Last updated on 22nd January 2020

Merchant House

19 user reviews 4

Merchant House know more than just a thing or two when it comes to a dram. Notorious for their drinks classes, tastings and workshops, get to know whisky on a whole new level with experts at hand.

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.

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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.

@ Meet inside the Marquis of Wellington Pub, 21 Druid St, Bermondsey, London SE1 2HH on Every Saturday

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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. 

Take a scientific approach to wine tasting at this fun course in South London, suitable for all levels of knowledge. Simply head to Diogenes The Dog and you'll get to sip samples from 5 - 6 handpicked bottles, and dissect them in a fun and eye-opening way. 

A haven for all things whisky, Bull in a China Shop is the Shoreditch bar that whips up tasty dishes, impressive cocktails and world-class whiskys, as well as pop-ups that allow you to do everything from meet the makers to blend your very own creation.

Fourpure Brewing Co

22 user reviews 5

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. 

Prosecco House

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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. 

Winfield Wines

1 user review 4

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.

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.

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.

@ The View From The Shard on Sat, 15th Feb 2020 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Spend an evening sipping on Moet & Chandon Champagne whilst taking in the incredible views across London from the 69th floor of The Shard at this fabulous event. If that's not enough, you'll also be joined by  TOWIE's former Mark Wright who'll be taking over the decks to keep you on your feet till the early hours.

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. 

The Hide Bar

6 user reviews 4

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. 

London Craft Beer Cruise

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One of the best beer tasting events in London this summer, the London Craft Beer Cruise is bringing you tasters of some of the city's finest breweries as you sail down the Thames. It's the only way hops-heads should be seeing the capital this summer.

@ HALF HITCH Micro-Distillery on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

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.

VSF Wine Education

2 user reviews 5

VSF are hosting a series of workshops and masterclasses this winter. Ranging from Middle Eastern wine tasting sessions to an introduction to Asian spirits, you'll be taught by trained professionals all about the origins and flavours of the drink, enjoying light refreshments a long the way.

Juno Rooms

2 user reviews 5

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.

Searcys is one of London's most renowned purveyors of Champagne, and now the secrets to the perfect sparkling sip. Their Champagne masterclasses will guide you a tasting trio, with each glass perfectly paired with a sumptuous dish.

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.

Pilango Cider Bar

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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.

Cocktails in the City 2020

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Join Cocktails in the City as they make a mighty return to London for another year of master mixology in a fun setting. They'll be bringing together a handpicked selection of London's best bars, with interactive sessions, plenty of samples and loads more to explore. 

From wine tastings to spirits masterclasses, Black Rock has something for every taste. Get down to the multi-storey bar where you'll be treated to tastings from some of the best brands in the world right here in Shoreditch.