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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.
Love margaritas? Then you're gonna love the London Margarita Rumble. Soak up 2 hours of flowing tequila-based drinks as the bank holiday weekender takes over London Fields Brewery with bartenders from some of the best bars in London.
For a glimpse of the process that goes into creating craft beers, look no further than North London-based Hammerton Brewery. Running regular tasting sessions and guided tours, this is the perfect place to dip your toe into the world of craft beer creation.
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.
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 gin lovers: Christopher Hayman of Hayman's Gin Distillery is heading to the Coach and Horses for a special evening filled with all things botanical... and you're invited. Head to Greenwich for stories, samples and a whole load of spirits.
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.
Treat yourself to a classy evening of wine tasting and a vino masterclass at the stylish Salt Yard. You'll get to try five wines perfectly suited for the colder months showcased by their suppliers Les Cave des Pyrene and help them decide which to include in their new seasonal menu.
Head down to Bermondsey-based brewery Hawkes for a masterclass in the art of creating craft cider. Included in the trip will be a tour of the factory, delicious stonebaked pizza and a lesson on different types of apples involved in the production process, you'll even be able to give it a go for yourself, creating your own individual bespoke sip.
Take a scientific approach to wine tasting at this fun course in South London, suitable for all levels of knowledge. Simply head to Diogenes The Dog and you'll get to sip samples from 5 - 6 handpicked bottles, and dissect them in a fun and eye-opening way.
Join King's Cross's The Rackateer for an evening of tequila, mezcal and nibbles as they play host to Casa Agave, an importer of rare spirits. The evening will start with a welcome cocktail, followed by talks and a bite to eat.
A haven for all things whisky, Bull in a China Shop is the Shoreditch bar that whips up tasty dishes, impressive cocktails and world-class whiskys, as well as pop-ups that allow you to do everything from meet the makers to blend your very own creation.
Withe their roots firmly in London soil, Fourpure is a unique brewery that offers plenty of fun, interesting days out in the city. From brew days and tasting sessions to pub quizzes and bottomless brunches, you'd be hopping mad to miss to on these cool events.
London's first bar dedicated to prosecco is playing host to a monthly tasting event at One Tower Bridge. The experience will take you through the history of the drink as well as allowing you to sample tastings from a number of gorgeous vineyards.
Nail the art of aperitifs at this interesting, interactive workshop at Brumus Bar. Nestled in Haymarket Hotel, the event will give you all the tools to discover the perfect aperitif for your next dinner party, which is sure to impress all your mates.
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.
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.
Think you know wines? Get involved in wine and food matching, as Winfield Wines bring you everything from wine and tapas evenings to blind tastings and a world wine tour. Expect a selection of New and Old World wines alongside a variety of food.
The perfect afternoon activity for any beer fanatic, Ale Hunters' tasting tours take place all over London and allow ticket-holders to see a very different (and thirst-quenching) side of the city, visiting numerous pubs and learning all about the brewing process.
Join Black Rock for a brilliant celebration of all things Scottish whisky this Burns Night. Paying the ultimate homage to Robert Burns, they'll be going on a tasting voyage through key areas of Scottish whisky creation, it's sure to be a delicious experience.
This unique session from the whisky experts at Black Rock is going beyond your classic tasting session to bring you a more interactive drinking experience. With five drams ready for the tasting, as well as the chance to create your very own, it's one of the best tasting events in London this year.
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.
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.
Spend an evening sipping on Moet & Chandon Champagne whilst taking in the incredible views across London from the 69th floor of The Shard at this fabulous event. If that's not enough, you'll also be joined by TOWIE's former Mark Wright who'll be taking over the decks to keep you on your feet till the early hours.
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.
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.
One of the best beer tasting events in London this summer, the London Craft Beer Cruise is bringing you tasters of some of the city's finest breweries as you sail down the Thames. It's the only way hops-heads should be seeing the capital this summer.
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.
VSF are hosting a series of workshops and masterclasses this winter. Ranging from Middle Eastern wine tasting sessions to an introduction to Asian spirits, you'll be taught by trained professionals all about the origins and flavours of the drink, enjoying light refreshments a long the way.
This North London Beer festival is giving you the perfect reason for some good old weekend day drinking, with a bunch of craft beer stalls all offering delicious brews in aid of charity. Quaff on £2 half-pints over the three-day event and test out some new breweries from across the south east.
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.
Searcys is one of London's most renowned purveyors of Champagne, and now the secrets to the perfect sparkling sip. Their Champagne masterclasses will guide you a tasting trio, with each glass perfectly paired with a sumptuous dish.
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.
This fun workshop is here to prove Port is so much more than just an old boy's beverage. Head on over to The Heathcote and Star in Leyton and you'll get to ample some exquisite Port from Graham's Port, with cheese and pastries to pair.
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.
Join Cocktails in the City as they make a mighty return to London for another year of master mixology in a fun setting. They'll be bringing together a handpicked selection of London's best bars, with interactive sessions, plenty of samples and loads more to explore.
Get to grips with one of Covent Garden's best cocktail menus as La Goccia launches its unique masterclass this September. Head over to the Floral Court restaurant for the chance to tackle some of their unique concoctions with help and direction from their exemplary bartenders.
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 London Fields where this quirky brewery is giving you the lowdown on how perfect beer comes into being. From a history of the company to how they turn the simplest of ingredients into all manner of different pints, it's one of the best brewery tours in London.
It's all about gin at this quirky masterclass. Located in Hackney's Martello Hall and Brixton's Serata Hall, you can go on a journey through the history of gin, before sipping on G&Ts, tasting tonics and blending botanicals as you create your very own gins to take away.
From wine tastings to spirits masterclasses, Black Rock has something for every taste. Get down to the multi-storey bar where you'll be treated to tastings from some of the best brands in the world right here in Shoreditch.
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.