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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.
Love margaritas? Then you're gonna love the London Margarita Rumble. Soak up 2 hours of flowing tequila-based drinks as the bank holiday weekender takes over London Fields Brewery with bartenders from some of the best bars in London.
Head back in time to the roaring 20's with an evening of live music and signature cocktails at POTUS. The American-inspired bar is collaborating with Jim & Tonic to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, along with classic bites, including Bourbon-glazed chicken wings, mini burgers and tater tots.
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.
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 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.
Become a mixology maestro over an afternoon masterclass at this central London party spot. Cabana's cocktail sessions will see you whipping up three delicious cocktails, snacking on delicious Rio-inspired street food snacks and letting your hair down over a host of carnival-worthy classics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ciderama is a unique craft cider festival launching in Peckham this July. Join them for their annual celebration with hundreds of unique pours and handpicked pints, with live music, food and exclusive tastings, making for the ultimate day out for cider-lovers.
Raise a glass for this incredible event by Hache, the gin-loving burger pros. Hosting a weekly gin Wednesday, the restaurant is offering three whole hours of free-flowing G&Ts alongside one of their mouth-watering patties.
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.
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.
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 over to Balham where these fun and sociable supper clubs are showing you some of the finest wines in the city this season. Tuck into four courses of delicious food, complete with curated wine flight, from just £45.
London's best-loved wine bar Vagabond boast a jam-packed calendar of events, from workshops on wine-making to cheese and wine evenings dedicated to all things female empowerment. With venues spanning the city, from Canary Wharf to Victoria, you have to travel far to find one either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From whisky and chocolate pairings to kombucha tasting events, Urban Pubs & Bars has got a whole range of exclusive drinks events taking place across their many London venues. Whether you're in the market for a boozy supper club or a simple wine night, they've got you covered.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head over to Soho where 68 & Boston are sorting all you juniper lovers out with an excellent tasting session courtesy of City of London Gin. More than just a few simple sips, you'll be treated to a welcome G&T, a full masterclass and you'll even get a 350ml bottle to take home with you.
Head over to the Moonshine Saloon where every Tuesday night they'll be showing you how to mix your very own moonshine. Over the course of two hours, one of their highly-trained mixologists will give you the lowdown on how to craft three unique sips at this immersive cocktail masterclass.
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.
One of the best places in London to get your fill of craft pints this April, White city's Elephant West plays host to this unique one-day beer festival. Fit in sips from the likes of Brick Brewery, Hawkes Cider, Mondo and more, soaked up by delicious burgers from Le Swine.
After something a little different? Join Mark Hix for a series of food and drink-filled experiences; from a chef's table at his home in Dorset, through to World Whiskey Day celebrations and an intimate kitchen table with the famous chef.
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.
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.