Merchant House's two London venues promote the finest collections of gin, rum or whiskey anywhere in the world and now you have the chance to soak it all up at a masterclass dedicated to your spirit of choice.
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.
Ditch the usual dinner and head to the swanky Covent Garden Hotel this March where it's all about Italian wine. With a variety of bottles hailing from Veneto, you'll be treated to dishes like porcini and truffle risotto alongside parma ham-wrapped pork.
Whether you're a huge fan of whisky or looking to learn about a new spirit, this boozy masterclass will be right up your street. Taste your way around a variety of blends as you learn about the history and techniques that go with them.
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.
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.
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.
They've already made a name for themselves on the London bar scene and Genuine Liquorette is letting you in on a few secrets. Join the sexy bar as they show you how to whip up a series of delicious drinks over two hours, accompanied by nibbles and Polaroid snaps.
Think you know wine? You ain't seen nothing until you head to The White Bear. Located on Kennington Park Road, this charming boozer invites you to tantalise the tastebuds with a masterclass that'll take you on a journey around the world of wine... blindfolds and all.
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.
Feeling thirsty? Taste your way through 5 varieties of whisky and learn all about training your nose and palate as Covent Garden's LIBRARY bar hosts an evening dedicated to tasting some of the world's best blends.
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.
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.
Calling all whisky fans, this night will show you how to taste the different profiles of various whiskies with the help of an expert. Taking you through a journey via five different drams, Felipe will be showing you what to look out for when slurping, as well as pairing the drinks with canapes to demonstrate different pairings.
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.
A must-visit for lovers of dairy and delicious beers, this quirky cruise aboard the Alfred Le Roy will give you the ultimate pairing of Neal's Yard cheeses and craft brews as you float down the canal.
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.
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 best drinks tasting events in East London, this unique evening of Italian wine will be led by winemaker Giovanni Val Del Prete who'll talk you through a range of bottles and paired tapas and platters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laki Kane are giving you the chance to have a go at distilling your own bespoke rum at this unique masterclass and tasting session. Utilise a method never previously available to the public, and create a rum masterpiece with a copper alembic pot at this interactive experience.
Some may say that less is more, but this one-off wine tasting at Searcy's at the Gherkin is showcasing the best of large-format wines and unique glassware paired with a selection of delicious, seasonal plates.
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.