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 6th December 2016
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.
The Loves Company, just off Old Street roundabout, hosts Pitch Black this November and December, a drinks tasting session that takes place in almost complete darkness. With little effort paid to presentation, the talented team of bartenders instead focus on the complex web of flavours that make up the spine of each beverage. During this intriguing experience, each guests will taste 2 crafted cocktails, a palate cleansing amuse bouche and 2 aromatic wines, all the while having their senses enhances by the room's near pitch-black lighting.
Head to Shoreditch's A World of Gin this December for two hours of bottomless hot cocktails. The venue is using their expertise in gin to create concoctions using a variety of gins from all around the world, plus it's only £20 - cheers!
Imagine sipping away at an oak-aged Innis & Gunn beer while you’re transported into a new virtual world designed to heighten all your senses. That would be pretty sweet, right? These guys have linked up with the cognitive neuroscientist - Dr Jacob Jolij - to immerse beer-drinkers in a virtual world designed to enhance the taste experience no end. As if this innovative boozing wasn’t enough to rouse your interest; Ikigai’s Michelin-trained chefs have designed a paired bar menu for the occasion.
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.