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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 explore everything that the city's bartenders have to offer. 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 28th November 2023
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.
For drinks tastings in London, Hiver Beer is a top choice. This Bermondsey hotspot flaunts a Brewfest event, where a £6 ticket includes a branded glass and a complimentary half pint. On top of that, there will also be experts who will run you through 10 diverse lines.
German Kraft are bringing a range of brewery tours and beer tasting events to their Dalston site, as well as having student discount nights in Elephant and Castle. Expect the finest sips from Germany and behind the scenes access.
Grab your favourite bottle of hooch and head to the Wild West (in Central London). It's here you'll find a team of expert mixologists at the Moonshine Saloon, who are waiting to create stunning cocktails as you take part in a thrilling cowboy-inspired immersive drinks experience.
Burnt Faith, the UK's first dedicated brandy distillery, is making sure you're covered for fun drinks events. Think everything from tours of where the magic happens to tastings and cocktail masterclasses so you can get in on the action too.
When it comes to wine tastings in London, Theo Randall at The Intercontinental Park Lane has to be up there for luxury. Not only will you get to meet producers while they take you through their finest bottles, but also accompany your drinks with a matching dinner from the region.
If you're on the hunt for cool drink events, check out the Cognac Show over in London Bridge. You'll get to sample various Cognacs, Armagnacs and Calvados while checking out new vendors and delicious nibbles.
The Cavendish is the Marylebone boozer that has everything from tequila tastings to creating your own bespoke bottle of spirit and cocktail classes on the cards. For learning about drinks and how to whip them up, there's no better place.
Expand your palate with Iberica Experiences, which guides you through authentic and contemporary Spanish food and drinks. Whether you want to discover your favourite type of sherry, learn how to craft the perfect G&T or pair wine and cheese, they've got you covered.
Young's have many pubs dotted across London, and several of them have fantastic drinks events throughout the year. From a classy wine tasting to a beer festival with live entertainment, there's bound to be something for you, whatever your beverage of choice.
Want your London wine tasting to be paired with plenty of cheese? Learn how to best fit the two together by trying five of each at Vagabond, where the masterclasses will teach you how to impress others with your knowledge.
If you're a bit of a beer fanatic, you'll love this. The Five Points Brewing Co is hosting a brilliant roster of events centred around craft and cask creations. Whichever happening you bag a ticket to, you'll be sipping all kinds of tasty pints.
Head to Parsons Green where Pilango is opening up its shop floor for a series of tastings and masterclasses. You'll get to sample everything from Champagne-style fizz to dessert ciders in a fun and welcoming South London setting.
For a drink event that's all about the best brew on the scene, check out Vintners Yard Beer Festival at Davy's Wine Vaults in Greenwich. Tickets include two half pint tokens so make sure to try a range of craft brews as well as local, then tickle your taste buds with burgers and pizzas.
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.
From big brands like Bacardi to Chronic Cellars wine sessions, London Shuffle Club has a load of fun drinks events in store. Plus, after every tasting session you'll be treated to pizza and competitive table shuffle too.
Make your way to The Cottons Club in Shoreditch for a cool drinks event. Head inside this top-notch venue, where you'll be able to take part in a rum masterclass, which includes tastings galore with the help of Oliver Pergl, who will be running through its heritage.
Searching for drinks events in London? Then Ale Hunters' range of events is bound to impress. From fun-packed beer festivals to tastings and tours around some of the city's best or hidden breweries, these activities won't fail to keep beer lovers occupied.
If you're a foodie with a passion for beer, then grab tickets to Signature Brew and Barge East's collaborative event, the Sweetwater Session Launch. Expect a day packed with art, entertainment, delicious food and drink pairings, plus the Wick Wonderland and Christmas Tree Market.
One of the best drinks events in London this month, Half Hitch is inviting you to their Camden micro-distillery for a fun and interactive session where you'll be able to infuse your own bespoke bottle of gin with your choice of ingredients.
Sip on the finest of whiskies while enjoying a night of fantastic live music, at The Rhythm and Booze Project hosted by Crol and Co, an intimate cafe in South London. Talented duo Felipe and Paul will be performing a hugely entertaining show while you enjoy the open bar.
From full wine schools to learn professional techniques to wine tastings with three-course dinners or cheese pairings, Davy's Wine Bars has it all. Check these guys out for a fun way of learning all about vino.
Make your way to The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge for some top-notch drinks events. Head to their much-loved martini masterclasses, to not only learn all about how to make the iconic bevvy, but to also learn some cool facts about it too.
Home to some of the best drinks events in London, MAP Maison always has something in-store for those looking to expand their palates. From mezcal masterclasses to practical cocktails with afternoon tea, this Haggerston spot is sure to impress.
Sexy rum bar Burlock is the ideal place to get a taste of the stuff - not only across its 200 bottles at the bar or in cocktails, but also at special events too. Expect complimentary tipples, the chance to meet the makers and live music to accompany.
Fancy unleashing your inner Victorian scientist? Then check out Mr Fogg's Cocktail Experiments in Mayfair. Step inside this venue, where you'll be greeted with a 'vaccine' drink served in a syringe, all before making your very own preferred prescription of colour-changing pours.
Get on down to FAIM for Brackenbury Brews' fun-filled Build Your Own Spritz Cocktail Masterclass. Enjoy guidance from an expert mixologist and learn how to whip up a range of thirst-quenching tipples at this unique drinks event in Fitzrovia.
Salted caramel, Toblerone, mint-flavoured... The Chocolate Cocktail Club sure know how to do a tasty mix. Make your way over to their East London venue for a night indulging in quirky, delicious creations that you can't get anywhere else.
With brewery tours, tastings and even a mead brewing workshop, Gosnells Of London has plenty in store for lovers of this beverage. Get insider knowledge, plenty of booze and even some to take home with you across these fun drinks events in Bermondsey and Peckham.
Bar Gansa is the Spanish drinking and dining den that hosts very special wine tasting events, where you try six different kinds from the country with a selection of tapas to accompany. But that's not all, as tickets are just £25 each.
Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell is the place to be on Saturdays when it hosts its London Craft Beer Tasting. You'll guzzle your way through five different tipples while your host explains the tasting notes and brewing process of each.
The Terrace Bar at The Chesterfield Mayfair is as classy as they come. Even better, this joint hosts a whole load of unique drinks tasting events. So, whether you've got a penchant for gin, whisky, rum or beer, there's an experience with your name on it.
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 regular cocktail classes, the bar's team of mixologists are purists, sticking to traditional recipes and techniques.
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 get to know the world of craft beer creation.
For those expert tastings, the London Bridge Distillery School has plenty in store. Whether you're in the mood for a rum blending experience or gin distilling afternoon, there's a boatload to choose from. Better yet, you'll get to take home your very own creations.
Gin Tonica is a mecca for gin lovers, giving them the chance to explore over 100 different types of gin and simple yet stunning cocktails in a welcoming setting. And if hunger pangs strike? This place also serves a delicious range of tapas-style dishes.
Head to Bloomsbury's Montague on the Gardens where their unique Leopard Bar plays host to stunning drinks events. From sampling lip-smacking wines and light snacks to sipping whisk while puffing cigars, this swish spot always has something worth booking into.