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 10th October 2016
From the Highlands to Speyside and Islay, Scotland is famous for its whisky and Chivas Regal are celebrating this brilliant drink with a series of tastings and lessons. Learn about and try several different varieties including single malts and grain whisky as an expert talks you through the flavours and process.
Don’t know too much about the New Zealand craft beer scene? Not to worry - there’s a one-off tasting session coming to London to teach you everything you could wish to know and more. Head along for a tutored tasting that features some of the most innovative and exciting Kiwi brews available right now.
National Champagne Week 2016 is returning with a series of events taking place across the country. The Champagne celebration, which was founded by Searcys, will feature a week of tastings, paired dinners and afternoon teas from some of the biggest Champagne Houses. The locations are stunning too, from a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner at the top of The Gherkin to an afternoon tea in Blenheim's gardens, this is one week you won't want to miss.
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.
For those who really like taking a step outside of their comfort zone, head down to Tonice & Remedy in Shoreditch and sample their teatime menu of quirky treats. From scone and clotted cream drinks to boozy mini magnum ice cream, their team of bartenders have really let their imagination flow. Alongside this, their amazing array of cocktails are capable of competing with the best, incorporating a range of flavours from all over the world to offer visitor one of the quirkiest cocktail tastings in London.
Mother's Ruin are heading to The Larder to talk through their delicious gin. An expert distiller will explain the process and flavours, you will taste five gins, and a cocktail made from your favourite.
Taking over the Duke on the Green in Fulham for one October night only, the Hiver Pairing Supper will invite guests to delve deep into all the Hop-based glory of a Hiver Beer. This award winning brand of beer is primarily made using honey, and perfectly complements a range of different foods with its unique taste. With a purposely selected beer accompanying each dish of a 3 course dinner, this is one food event in London that you won't forget anytime soon.
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.
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.