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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.
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.
Head over to The Star of Bethnal Green this month where they'll be schooling in how to craft the perfect sour. Using the incredible Hepple Gin, you'll be tasking with whipping up a delicious cocktail, alongside learning more about the history of the brand.
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.
Part of London Cocktail Week's exclusive calendar of events, Santa Teresa is teaming up with Burlcok to offer an unforgettable evening of shaking up concoctions and tasting tipples. Learn more about the world of rum whilst combining it with both sweet and sour flavours.
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.
If you're keen to learn all about kombucha - the ancient Chinese drink that Londoners are going mad for, head down to London Cocktail Club Bethnal Green. Part of London Cocktail Week, this exclusive event will see you shaking up three tasty tipples - perfect for impressing your mates.
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.
Head over to the Moonshine Saloon where every Tuesday night they'll be showing you how to mix your very own moonshine. Over the course of two hours, one of their highly-trained mixologists will give you the lowdown on how to craft three unique sips at this immersive cocktail masterclass.
Become a mixology maestro over an afternoon masterclass at this central London party spot. Cabana's cocktail sessions will see you whipping up three delicious cocktails, snacking on delicious Rio-inspired street food snacks and letting your hair down over a host of carnival-worthy classics.
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.
Prepare to be guided through the science of flavour as the ladies from Double Dutch take you on a tasting compete with welcome G&Ts, small plates and cocktails. There will even be a garnish station for you to go wild.
Looking for a festive food and drinks tasting to get you in the Christmas mood? Grab your bubble and head on over to West London Wine School, where you will try six different cheese and wine combinations, learning a few fun facts about them along the way.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to dive deep into the world of rum? Well you've come to the right place. Not only is Trailer Happiness one of the best bars in London for the stuff, but Havana Club will be on hand to take you on a blind tasting of 7 spirits.
Whether you fancy yourself a negroni novice or a cocktail connoisseur, Martini is here to put your knowledge to the test. Join the aperitivo expertise for a masterclass at Pizza East, complete with food and the chance to make your own drinks.i
Head to slinky Soho cocktail bar Opium for an evening of cocktail shaking and drink tasting aplenty. Focusing on one specific spirit each week, the exclusive event will include a special-themed menu, as well as a 20% discount of your bill.
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 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.
From whisky and chocolate pairings to kombucha tasting events, Urban Pubs & Bars has got a whole range of exclusive drinks events taking place across their many London venues. Whether you're in the market for a boozy supper club or a simple wine night, they've got you covered.
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.
Room for a small one? Always one of the highlights of London Cocktail Week, Hendrick's Gin are taking over gorgeous hotels and going online to showcase world-class tipples for your drinking pleasure.
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.
Raise a glass for this incredible event by Hache, the gin-loving burger pros. Hosting a weekly gin Wednesday, the restaurant is offering three whole hours of free-flowing G&Ts alongside one of their mouth-watering patties.
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.
Celebrating London Cocktail Week in style, TOLA is offering a stunning take of your traditional southern brunch. Head over to the Peckham hotspot for the chance to tuck into a delicious selection of Hennessy Maple waffles, as well as classic breakfast cocktails.
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.
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 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.