London's Best Cocktail Classes

Who doesn't love something mixed, muddled and shaken by a pro? From margaritas and mojitos through to sex on the beaches and sazaracs, London's cocktail bars know how to make them all - and now, they're letting you in on their secrets. Whether it's a hen party or a date night with a difference, we've rounded up the best cocktail classes in London, all of which will let you slurp your way to a new skill.

Last updated on 18th September 2019




@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Shoreditch on Every Tuesday

One of Shoreditch's most unique experiences is not just banging you up behind bars; Alcotraz also offers cocktail classes every Tuesday. Head along to the immersive bar to don orange jumpsuits and be taught by Inmate #88 on how to make three different tipples.

TT Liquor

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T.T Liquor's cocktail-making class gives small groups of mixers their very own custom-built bars to work with (alongside providing equipment and glassware for each individual) - so there's no waiting around or taking turns here; this is two hours of continuous mixing and tasting. Master the basics before learning more complex techniques, all before going head to head to be crowned the best.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

Beefeater Gin Masterclass - 24th September 2019 and 1 other offer

Bird is a stunning, five-storey Georgian townhouse affording great views of Smithfield Market from its suntrap roof terrace. Inside, the venue is one of the best for private hire in London, with popular cocktail masterclass sessions bookable. Rally up some mates and head for a relaxed and fun workshop, where you'll learn about Bird's signature serves and some of the classics.

@ May Fair Bar on Saturday 21st September 2019 and 14 other Saturdays

Learn to muddle and mix your favourite concoctions at the seriously swish May Fair Bar. Their expert mixologists will lead you through every stage of making three cocktails, as well as surprising you with competitions and goodies along the way. If you're feeling peckish, add in dinner.

Basement Sate

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While the forefront of desserts in London, Basement Sate is a broody destination that knows a thing or two about drinks as well. With their cocktail classes coming in at just £35 per person, guests can tuck into some of the top tipples in the city, be you a sweet tooth, or hankering for something a bit sharper, you'll be a pro in no time. 

The Folly

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Rugby World Cup

For the budding cocktail connoisseur amongst you, the refined masterclass at The Folly is a great option. The botanical theme stretches from the decor to the menu, and with it you will learn an array of fresh cocktails -perfect for office team building, dates, something a little different in London or just a bit of fun.

Known for some serious beautiful locations, Albion & East are purveyors of home brew and cracking pizza. Join them at one of their bars, including Serata Hall, Martello Hall and Cattivo, for a range of gin-filled masterclasses.

Temperatures are plummeting, but the only way is up as Skylight is playing host to a number of excellent drinks events this season. Head over to the rooftop haunt and you'll learn how to mix your own stunning cocktail creations alongside unbeatable views to enjoy them with. 

Where better to learn how to make sumptuous cocktails than at the super sleek NYC hideout, Dirty Martini Covent Garden? Offering a range of Hen Party packages; for just £55 you can become a mixologist pro, enjoy a three course meal and pick the brains of your very own private bartender!

Aquum

86 user reviews 4

Bottomless Brunch for TWO HOURS and 3 other offers

Looking for an affordable cocktail class in Clapham? A place where the drinks are just as delicious as the prices? Then we've just the event. Join Clapham's Aquum as they invite friends, hen nights and more to join them in not only learning how to make cocktails, but drinking the delicious treats for themselves.

Kanaloa

130 user reviews 4

Extended Happy Hour and 2 other offers

A tiki-inspired den of central London cavorting, Kanaloa is also known for the quality of its cocktail class bundle. It's £29.95 a head, or you can add a two or three course meal to your package if you'd like. Enjoy a welcome drink, a sharing platter between four and you'll spend your time making two of your favourite classic cocktails in a fun and welcoming environment.

@ Map Maison on Various dates from Sunday 22nd September 2019

Shake up your very own cocktails and tuck into a mouthwatering afternoon tea spread as this Kingsland Road hangout invites you to this boozy masterclass. Not only will you be able to soak up complimentary cocktails and a tapas-inspired feast, but you'll also be able to make two drinks.

Notoriously playful and always excelling in their craft, here's your chance to learn how to play the Be At One way. Your 90-minute session covers all kinds of history, shaking, making and tasting, with plenty of games to enjoy along the way. It's £25 a head and designed for groups of six or more, and there's classes to be enjoyed Shoreditch, Clapham and Farringdon if Covent Garden doesn't suit.

@ Leicester Square Kitchen on Saturday 28th September 2019 and 5 other dates

Leicester Square Kitchen's masterclasses are here to give the people of London the low-down on South American cocktails. This crash course includes tequila-based concoctions, canapes and drink samples with a celebratory dinner at the end.

Megaro Bar

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Megaro is a basement bar in Kings Cross that's created a reputation for itself thanks to its stunning cocktail menu and quirky decor. The venue's expert mixologists have really let their creative side shine, curating a list of signature creations and spirit infusion - check into one of their cocktail classes to learn the tricks of the trade.

Located just a stone's throw from Liverpool Street, Bull In A China Shop is a unique whisky palace and Asian eatery. Step inside and you'll find a hub for insightful workshops and mouthwatering supperclubs that no drinks-lover could turn down.

The Piano Works West End

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Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm - 7pm and 4 other offers

The Piano Works West End may be a place to dance all night to their amazing live music, but they've got more tricks up their sleeves. Get behind the bar with their staff and get to making some of their diverse and expertly made cocktails yourself.

@ La Goccia on Wednesday 9th October 2019 and 5 other Wednesdays

One of the best masterclasses in the city, this gorgeous session from Covent Garden's La Goccia is bringing you an insiders guide to some of their most exciting drinks. Working in small groups, you'll be given a brief rundown of mixology history, followed by the chance to get hands on crafting three delicious cocktails.

A cosy hideaway in the heart of Bloomsbury, Reverend JW Simpson is the go-to for all things cocktails. Whether it's a lesson from the team at St Germain, tastings with Chapel Down or a botanical bash with Ketel One, you'll find a wealth of masterclasses at this series.

Zebrano London Soho

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Taking place every Thursday in Soho, Zebrano's cocktail class is here to get your weekend started early. Things get off to a good start with a welcome glass of prosecco, before you and taught the history of some classic concoctions, which you will then have a go at making yourself.

@ Angler on Wednesday 9th October and Wednesday 6th November 2019

Michelin-starred Angler has collaborated with Talisker this autumn to bring you a taste of The Isle of Skye. This unique masterclass will have you learn all about the whisky, wild ingredients and the origins, and having a little taste or two before mixing up a few special creations for yourselves.

Mint Leaf Lounge

54 user reviews 4

With over 500 spirits behind the bar, there's certainly no shortage of ingredients to experiment with here. The expert mixologists at this chic restaurant bar are known for making unique and exotic concoctions and they will definitely not disappoint. Come for the masterclass, stay for the delicious Indian food and the irresistibly vibrant late-night atmosphere.

Purl

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Hidden in the depths of Mayfair, Purl isn't just a sexy spot for a date night, this cocktail bar is dedicated to the art of mixology. Held at your request, the cocktail classes cover how different ingredients simulate your senses, before having a go at knocking up three different libations.

The Hide Bar

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The Hide Bar is a slick subterranean bar that is all about crafting something delicious, whether that be British plates or their list of inventive drinks. Check out their cocktail library and then have a go behind the bar as the team show you how to mix several classic recipes, all using ingredients from nearby Borough Market.

Dim sum and cocktails are what Ping Pong have perfected over the years, so their masterclasses are sure to give you plenty of insight and expert knowledge. Head on down to Ping Pong in Shepherd's Bush, Covent Garden and St Katharine's Docks to learn all about creating expert mixes, and your own personalised creations at these fun sessions. 

Learn to make some beaut cocktails, then belt out your favourite guilty pleasure anthems while you're drinking them. London's dedicated karaoke bar bring their top drawer bartenders out to demonstrate a few of your favourite classics before it's over to your private booth for an hour of karaoke-fuelled antics. Tickets come in at £30, £45 or £45 for different packages.

Lockhouse

117 user reviews 4

Make it Boozy and 1 other offer

While Lockhouse may be a bar known for their craft beer and their award-winning burgers, that doesn't mean they don't know a thing or two when it comes to their cocktails. Join them for a masterclass and learn from some of the best in the business in a cool, industrial setting. 

The Drift

458 user reviews 4

Head to this Bishopsgate bar to learn about the history and origins of your favourite spirits before making them into delicious cocktails at your very own mixology table. You'll learn the tricks of the trade from The Drift's expert in-house mixologists and with cocktails like 'Goldfish in a Bag' and 'Rub a Dub Shrub' on the menu, you can bet that it's going to be exciting.

Christabels

9 user reviews 4

From bejewelled margaritas to glittering martinis, Christabels is taking you on a journey around the world of cocktails like never before. Learn the art of mixology as you choose your own ingredients and garnish your masterpiece before soaking them all up.