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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.
Looking for the best drinks events in London? Well, if sake is your tipple of choice, then you'll want to head to Ichiba in Westfield as the Japanese favourite teaches you all about the historic drink, with tastings and pairings to boot.
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.
Journey across Italy at this unique evening with Dehesa. Offering an exquisite selection of fine wines, paired expertly wot four courses of delectable dining, you'll be in safe hands with the restaurant's resident wine expert and Head Chef as your guides.
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 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.
Pay a visit to Megaro this summer and you'll get the chance to sample their all-new exclusive cocktail list. Guaranteed to add a touch of opulence to your night out, this experience will take you through all the fabulous new mixes the bar is showcasing this season.
Sometimes you've just gotta stop and smell the rosé, and taste them all too as pubs in London are on a mission to do. Head on down to one of the partaking pubs this summer and you'll get to sample a number of refreshing wines along with tasty canapes.
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.
Experience the refreshing flavours of the Mediterranean at this unique gin tasting experience in Oxford Circus. You'll feast on seaside-inspired dishes expertly paired with a dreamy gin and tonic combo to elevate the taste.
This quirky pop-up is creating marvellous inventions from everyone's favourite sweet treat. From chocolate cocktails to the wines and beers, to the signature Chocolate Chocotini, there's plenty to sink your teeth into.
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 to Bethnal Green where The Star is bringing you a top-notch tequila masterclass this month. Teaming up with five independent tequila brands you'll get a chance to taste some truly unique tipples, and they'll even furnish you with a tasty welcome cocktail.
Masterclass meets supper club at this unique drinks event in Marylebone this August. Head to The Larrik where they're teaming up with Sipsmith for a night of fresh, seasonal dishes paired with three unique G&Ts, alongside a history of the nation's most popular spirit.
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.
Head over to Dirty Martini where this summer they'll be bringing you an interactive gin experience. Teaming up with Beefeater for the season, they're getting you behind the bar so you can shake up your own cocktails, alongside a tutored tasting from the brad and a few tasty snacks to boot.
Cafe Belvedere is taking over The Perception, paying homage to the iconic cocktail the espresso martini. Explore a green, luscious oasis celebrating coffee creations from across the world, providing a unique summer escape for cocktail sipping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head to Soho this summer where the Espresso Martini Society will be back with twenty new season-inspired sips for you to get stuck into. From boozy shakes to frozen cocktails you'll be treated to some of the most innovative takes on the classic tipple at this quirky pop up bar.
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.
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.
Take a tasting journey through the vivid history of gin, from obscure bathtub punches straight up to the golden age of cocktails. Taking place in North London haunt Heads + Tails, this unique experience is not to be missed by the city's gin-lovers.
Looking for something a little different? Head to Shepherd's Bush for a cocktail class with a difference as The Mind Palace explores Theodore Din and the gorgeous smells underpinning it.
Head to New Oxford Street where this unique event from Sainsbury's is bringing you a pop-up bar with a difference. Enjoy a delicious selection of booze-free cocktails and low ABV beers, alongside snacks and drinks tasting workshops that won't leave you woozy headed the next morning.
This summer, the Michelin-starred Angler restaurant are inviting you to escape the busyness of the city and recline on their florally-adorned rooftop terrace with a couple of gin cocktails. Showcasing the finest artisan gin creators, the hideaway promises a quintessentially British experience.
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.
A favourite among London's cityfolk, The Factory is offering a unique cocktail class that'll get you creating mojitos, espresso martinis and caipirinhas like a pro. A perforce option for a quirky date, birthday activity or birthday experience for any cocktail-lover.
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.
Former Savoy chef Kim Woodward is taking the helm at 100 Wardour Street for a stunning supper club, where cocktail meets cuisine. Expect elevated flavours and seasonal dishes paired perfectly with a unique mix to really enhance the experience.
All aboard the London Gin Cruise as Artisan Spirits invites you to a gin-fuelled boat tour setting off at Walkers Quay. Not only will you be able to experience a masterclass and meet the distiller, but you'll be treated to gin-inspired tapas, live music and a variety of G&Ts.
Get the low-down on all things brewing with Peter from Five Points at this beer-fulled fun evening in Teddington. You'll get to sample your way through the finest XPAs, Porters and more, as you chat about how it's all made and tuck into a three course dinner.
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.
Taking you on a journey around the world of rum, Don Papa invites you to experience Sugarlandia for yourself. Not only will you be able to shake up your very own cocktail, but there's also welcome drinks at this multisensory fabulous pop-up.
Head to The Star of Bethnal Green where they'll be hosting a very special Lillet tasting night this July. Blend and enjoy a refreshing Lillet spritz before settling down with a watercolour set to paint your creation.
This summer, Hackney Brewery is turning 8 and they've teamed up with the Geffrye Museum of the Home to throw an awesome celebration. Expect an evening of talks, workshops and delicious food and drink from a few of the brewery's best mates.
Head to Barrio Shoreditch this summer where Mahou beer are taking over with a series of talks, tastings and events designed to immerse you in all aspects of Spanish culture, from making your own tapas, to travelling around Madrid.
Ditch those boring after work drinks for something a little more hands-on as El Vino and Santamanía invite you to this exclusive gin masterclass. From G&Ts on arrival to 5 tastings and the chance to mix up 2 of your own concoctions, this is one for you.
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.
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.
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.
One of the best drinks tastings in London this August, head to Juno Rooms where they'll be talking all about Suntory gin with brand ambassador James Bowker. Enjoy a Japanese journey through three unique cocktails, and learn more about the country's culture and views of hospitality.
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.
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.
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.
Sip on some of the finest Scotch and world whiskies at these relaxed and interactive whisky tasting events. Popping up at restaurants, bars and members' clubs all over London, whisky expert and Firecrown founder James is on hand to guide you through his drinks cabinet, sharing the stories of a selection of drams.
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.
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.
Legendary funk and soul beer factory Overworks are heading to Brewdog Clapham for a night if unique beer tastings. Not only will you get to sip ion a number of creations, but you'll get the low-down on the process and get to graze on a handpicked selection of cheese.
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.
Teaming up with some of the country's most exciting micro-breweries, this unique series of supper clubs is giving you the chance to taste test some excellent beers alongside a few of The Frog's iconic plates of food.
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.
Calling all Margarita lovers! This tour across eight stunning establishments will see you trying a selection of gorgeous concoctions, with tasty food bites along the way and heaps of entertainment to keep you on your toes.
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.
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.