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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.
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.
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.
Celebrating the world's most illustrious liquors, The Spirits Collective unparalleled insight into some of your favourite drinks. Bringing in brand ambassadors and local specialists, you'll be able to sip on specially created cocktails and learn how your preferred spirits come into being.
From sparkling wine sessions to tastings led by luxury brands like Veuve Clicquot, Searcys has got quite the lineup in store. Head to King's Cross where the high-class wine bar is pairing exclusive sips with bespoke food pairing menus.
Head to Good & Proper Tea this August and September where they're welcoming in The Ingredientist for a one-of-a-kind whisky tasting event. Whip up three stunning cocktails, including a chocolate whisky martini, and chow down on some tasty whisky-based treats.
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.
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.
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.
Head over to East Dulwich wine bar Spinach this October where the cosy neighbourhood spot is playing to a unique tasting event. Enjoy five stunning wines, blind-tasted and perfectly paired with a range of artisan chocolates and delicious cheeses.
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.
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.
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.
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 Roka Mayfair for an intimate sake pairing dinner in the private dining area, where Tatenokawa will be celebrating their 15th anniversary. Be taken on a journey through the sense with a stunning tasting menu and perfectly paired sake selection.
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 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.
Get ready to do Oktoberfest properly this year as Fulham hotspot Neverland throws its own celebration. Head down to the riverside hangout for the chance to tuck into some delicious German street food, sip on steins of beer and get your dance on until the early hours of the morning.
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.
Joining forces with 40FT Brewery, Hoxton's Rapsa is going full steam ahead with a beer-inspired menu; with the hoppy stuff trickling down through infused cocktails and a menu of mouthwatering bites. Think disco chicken, beer-battered tilapia and more.
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.
One of the best drinks events in the capital this August, this unique Italian-inspired cocktail class in Notting Hill is teaming up with Campari for a stunning night of Venetian classics and Italian mainstays including Aperol Spritzes and delicious Negronis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you love beer and food (who doesn't?) then The Wigmore has a real treat in store for you. Explore their first-ever beer pairing evening, with three snacks and perfect brew to accompany with delicious desserts to round off the experience.
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.
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.
Prepare to be taken on a journey around the world of wine as Carluccio's in Covent Garden hosts a series of vino-centred classes that cover everything from food and drink pairings to tips of the trade while you soak up a variety of tasty tipples.
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.
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.
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.
Get set for the festive period with a night of bubbles at Kingston upon Thames riverside pub, The Bishop. Partake in a cocktail masterclass using the iconic Mezza di Mezza Glacial bubbly, whilst nibbling on some seasonal treats. Throughout the evening you will be taught how to make three different cocktails, the perfect prep for party season.
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.
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.
Whether you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur or you're looking to treat that someone special, join Petersham Nurseries for an evening filled with wine. That means lashings of vintage bottles at this unbeatable tasting.
Join Davy's as they get you just a little bit drunk for a brilliant cause. Joining forces with this year's Côtes du Rhône Festival, they'll treat guests to an aperitif, five samples and a three course supper with two matches to round off the journey.
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.
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.
Calling all cocktail lovers and food aficionados: The Defectors Weld is back with a second banquet, and this time you can make your way through 3 rum cocktails paired with 3 tasty plates for just £20 at the Shepherd's Bush favourite.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.