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 27th July 2017
Negroni lovers should descend onto Rotorino for a night of great music, delicious drinks – beer and wine for the non-negroni drinkers too – and delicious food, including their world-famous lasagne, only this Bank Holiday.
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.
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.
Join The Hampshire Lounge Bar as they welcome Moet & Chandon for a three month, exciting residency. Not only will they be offering a delicious range of food for afternoon tea and dinner, most excitingly of all is their drink offering: the Ice Imperial. This is the only Champagne designed to go over ice, making it the ideal summer accompaniment.
Located in Clapham, Powder Keg is a quirky and gorgeous venue to spend an evening; join them for Mondays as they kick off your week with a tour of various tipples, from rum through to gin.
Taking place on the 37th floor of the Fenchurch building, this winemakers dinner is a completely unique event. Head to the iconic sky garden for an exclusive evening that includes six courses, matched wines and a talky by an expert.
Join the Four Thieves as they celebrate their third birthday with a big beer festival. There’s three bars offering beer from around the country, around the world and stuff brewed in house. You’ll get to keep your glass and your ticket gets you a free beer.
With venues in some of the city's most beautiful locations, including the Gherkin and St Pancras Station, Searcys is one of London's most famous bars. Join them as they celebrate 170 years with Champagne tours, special menus, hampers and plenty more.
Japanese whisky is more popular than ever, but it can be a minefield if you don't know what you're looking for. Which helpfully, is where Map Maison come in. Their head mixologist will take you through the history of the drink, the best mixes and teach you how to make the perfect Japanese whisky cocktail - which of course, you'll be drinking!
The UK's leading wine experts have teamed up again this September, hosting a brilliant wine tasting that revolves around the very best grape drinks produced by South Africa's finest vineyards. The Three Wine Men - Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith - will be educating guests all about the different making processes and flavours produced by 30 of South Africa's best wine makers. Grab your mates, head down to South Africa house and expect your wine knowledge at this drinks event in London.
Somerset might be famous for their cider but the county also makes a cracking beer. Wild Beer Co will be showcasing at The Elgin in Maida Vale for this special four-course meal that is sourced from the UK.
Known for their dedication to gin, The Rivington in Greenwich is upping the ante with a night dedicate to the spirit. The bar will be teaming up with brands such as Portobello Road and Bathtub to bring you a whole new selection of drinks; there will also be music, fun and games and nibbles.
Set in a stunning studio space overlooking Regents Canal, prepare to learn how to make some delicious cocktails with seriously alternative garnishes. Each drink will be topped off with garnishes made from fruit and veg – making them as beautiful as they are healthy. You’ll even get a recipe card to take home with you.
Taking place in both their Clapham and Chelsea venues, The Jam Tree are putting on a huge rum festival. Taking place over the month of July, there will be salsa classes, brunches, masterclasses and heaps of rum-fun to be had.
Wine experts Vagabond Wines are opening their doors to teach you about different varieties of bottles. From Riesling through to Natural Wines from South Africa, join them in various locations across London for a whole host of informative tasting events.
Learn how to make bourbon, rum and gin cocktails across three different nights with Voltaire’s cocktail masterclass. You’ll be greeted with a welcome drinks reception and canapes before diving into two interactive cocktail making sessions. Afterwards, you’ll be given the recipe to continue the art of cocktail making at home. For just a bit extra, stay longer for a delicious burger.
Head over to Hoxton for an English garden party this summer. The Geffrye Museum will be transforming their outdoor space into the perfect lawn party with garden games, cocktails and BBQ food.
Finally! London’s most famous drink, the espresso martini, is getting a festival dedicated to it. Expect some of the best bars in the city to take part, offering extremely discounted versions of them, including award-winning Milk & Honey, Blind Pig, Original Sin and more.
Perfect for any beer fans out there, the team behind London Beer City are throwing a huge closing party this August. The local team at Italian-American restaurant Capish? will be providing the food for the event. Better still, guests will have the chance to the finest beers and ales created by 16 of London's best breweries.
Perfect for any self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs, the Brewhouse and Kitchen in Islington is hosting a fun beer-making and tasting session. To really test your ability, the team behind this venue will show guests just how much mixing, mashing and boiling goes into creating each pint of craft beer. Guests will also be given a delicious breakfast and lunch, as well as enjoy a great tasting and Q&A session with the head brewer.
Take a dash of Tea Pigs delicious flavoured syrups and add in a healthy glug of pure milk Black Cow vodka to spice up your tea party. Mad Hatters Mar-tea-ni Masterclass is a unique and fun cocktail making class taking place in a secret London location.
Having once been the world capital of brewing, London has a long history when it comes to beer production. Learn all about this and more with a walking tour led by beer expert Des De Moor. The tour will begin on the edge of the City of London before moving across the Thames. Guests will be led to a handful of world heritage sites- such as The Globe and London Bridge - where some of London's most iconic brews were created and perfected.
With street food vendors, entertainment that includes mariachi bands and an Aztec ceremony, and shed loads of cocktails, Tequila and Mezcal Fest is a huge celebration of our favourite spirit. The event takes place in Shoreditch and will be across two dates in October.
In the proper spirit of Notting Hill, The Rum Kitchen invites to an evening of rum where you will learn about six variations on the drink, as well as how to make a selection of cocktails with it – and there’s some bites as well should you get hungry.
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.
Wine and cheese are the ultimate pairing, so you should learn how to put them together from absolute pros. Bedales’ wine specialist also happens to hail from New York City’s finest cheese company, meaning he can guide you through five gorgeous pairings with tonnes of tips, conversational questions and lots of wine.
Mastercard's Priceless Cities returns to London this July, hosting a suave Italian feast that couples authentic dishes with complementing wine. The event will take place at Stevie Parle's Palatino restaurant in Clerkenwell. Targetted as a reward for customers, Mastercard users have priority booking and will receive a complimentary drinks package on the night.
The chipper team at Brewhouse in Islington are showing off their wonderful homemade beers in the only way they know how - by hosting a fun masterclass. With an expert beer making leading the session, guests will have a chance to try 8 different creations, all poured directly from the venue's tanks and all learn about the complex making process behind each pint.
Cinnamon Kitchen has teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to create a summer drinking space worth whiling your hours away in. Expect tonnes of greenery, swing benches and comfy cushions to relax in, and fairy lights and candles illuminating it at night.
Learn how to create beautiful drinks at Bird of Smithfield’s cocktail masterclass. Their expert mixologists will help you craft some amazing drinks – which you’ll be able to sample – and then you’ll pit these new skills against each other in a shake-off! Pride is at risk here for who in your group is the top mixologist.
Hammersmith's Draft House is inviting the Brewers Association to their West London venue for a tasting session like no other. Armed with seven of the rarest, full-bodied American craft beers, the Brewer's Association UK sommelier, Lottie Peplow, will be in charge of the tasting and will take guests through the complex brewing process that goes into every bottle.
The City Wine Show has been created by the same maestros behind The Wine Show Chelsea and will look to showcase the very best produce from some of the globe's finest vineyards. Taking place at Stationers' Hall, the event will feature Britain's leading wine experts, a handful of great tasting events and some of the rarest bottles currently on the planet.
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.