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 19th April 2018
Head to East London for the chance to try out over 30 different Belgian beers at this innovative London drinks event. Working on a self-pour system, it makes a fun and quirky change from queuing at the bar.
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.
One of the coolest upcoming drinks events in London, this three-hour boat ride mixes gin-tasting and tour as you wend your way around the city's waterways feasting on tasty tapas and sampling some very special gins.
At this masterclass, you’ll be able to drink a complimentary G&T made from Far Reaches gin, before learning useful tips and concepts about street photography from a professional travel photographer. Then you will take to the streets surrounding The Boathouse to put these skills to the test.
Taking place in a swish central London restaurant, this aquavit masterclass will teach you everything there is to know about the Nordic spirit, from its history through to tasting notes.
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.
To celebrate spring, Ham Yard Hotel are hosting a seasonal pop-up on their private roof terrace, with cocktails inspired by their home-grown produce and made using fresh vegetables and juices, as well as craft gin and tonics, craft beer, and stunning views of the skyline.
Join the White Horse for one of their wonderful drinking experiences, whether you are after a sparkling and sweet wine master class, beer tasting, or wine and beer pairings with delicious 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.
Leave the lime and salt at home and join MAP Maison for a tequila masterclass, where you’ll learn the fascinating history from a Mexican mixologist, enjoy three premium tequilas and two cocktails, which you’ll be able to make behind the bar yourself.
This late-night speakeasy is keeping you up even later with their 20-strong list of espresso martinis. The Espresso Martini Society is hidden away in Soho; you've got six weeks to find it.
This cool London drinks tasting is a dream ticket for an gin fans. You'll taste test four different variations of the spirit, expertly paired with different tonics, with talks and information given by The Distillery's knowledgeable bartenders.
Taste your way through a trio of English Sparkling Wines with Searcys, who will not only be celebrating these, but also teach you the history and origin of the drink – all while enjoying expertly paired sharing plates too.
The Japanese Sake Festival is coming to London, bringing over 20 different kinds of sake, as well as five food stands packed with traditional food and handcrafted art stands.
Part drinks tasting, part cocktail masterclass, this fun gin event at Rivington Greenwich will show you how to make three classic gin cocktails with help from the team at Sacred Gin.
Proving that sherry is for more than just your Nana, contemporary sherry brand XECO is heading to Battersea's social pantry for an evening of delicious food and alcohol pairings at one of the best drinks tasting events in London.
You won’t get any drinks event here by half. At Deviant & Dandy, you can enjoy brewery tours and distillation experiences, as well as fun events in their taproom like live music nights and big themed parties.
Celebrate London’s best margaritas at this amazing cocktail event, where you’ll drink two hours worth of margaritas from the likes of Cielo Blanco and Café Pacifico, and you’ll decide who makes the best Margarita in London.
This series of London drinks tasting events looks at the various different facets that make up good wines. Enjoy informative talks on elements ranging from flavour to body along with some delicious food to pair with the wines.
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.
Explore over 100 different whiskies at the London Whisky Weekender, with the good stuff from Scotland and further afield, as well as blending workshops, cocktail masterclasses, and even a gin lounge for those not into the brown stuff.
Join the master mixologists at Sakagura for this super fun drinks event in London. Sign up to the Spirit Club for the chance to try out a new spirit every month. With tips, tastings and tipples, it's a fantastic London drinks tasting event.
One of the best upcoming drinks events in London, head to 68 & Boston for a stunning launch of Sauvelle Vodka's new 2018 signature serves.
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.
Taste your way through the wines of New Zealand’s sunny Marlborough region, as experts inform you of the different tastes and varieties, all while sampling five different wines accompanied by a selection of Zetter snacks.
Feast on four courses of delicious food at Haymarket Hotel as they’ve paired with Diageo to pair each course with a specially chosen whisky to celebrate World Whisky Day. You’ll also enjoy a welcome cocktail and canapes.
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.
Join world-famous wine producers as they head to the Sky Garden for an evening of discussion on the complexities of wine, alongside glasses of specially chosen wines and a delicious dinner.
From orange wine through to a taste trip in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, Divino In Vino is all about trying different wines. Head to the North London bar for tasting, nibbles and masterclasses.
This Thames boat and HMS Spirits are joining forces to bring you an incredible night of cocktail making, gin trying and fact learning. Head to R.S Hispaniola for a class that covers the history of gin, production, and how best to drink it.
The fantastic Spirited Sermons will be continuing at Reverend Jw Simpson. Enjoy a cocktail masterclass based around your favourite spirit at this great London drinks event.
From cocktail making to cocktail tasting, T.T. Liquor brings some of the best drinks events in London to Kingsland Road this winter.
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.
‘La Fromagerie de Paris Lefebrvre’, one of the best cheesemongers in Paris are sending five different types of wine and French cheese so you can learn the basics of the complex art of pairing wine with cheese.
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.