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Top 10 Cocktail Masterclasses and Champagne, Wine and Whisky Tastings in London

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We all think we know how to make a cocktail, right? We've all made easy cocktails with vodka, rum, or gin at a party before. We can recite the cosmopolitan cocktail ingredients by heart, right? Right?! If you consider yourself a secret bartender, mixologist, or the next Ryan Chetiyawardana, you might already have most popular cocktail recipes down pat. But to conquer the world’s best martini or caipirinha, or if you're simply organising a hen party, a stag party, a birthday party or a girls night out in London, then this top 10 guide to the best London-based cocktail masterclass and Champagne tastings should put you on the path to greatness.

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Angel & Islington

Take the very best premium spirits, freshest ingredients, homemade syrups and most delicate garnishes and place them in the hands of London's top bar tenders and you have the recipe for a truly memorable cocktail experience. Join Dirty Martini Islington for a Cocktail Masterclass and you can learn how to stir, shake and taste their renowned flavour combinations that position them firmly as a leader in cocktail innovation. Masterclasses include a welcome Bellini with delicious food platters served throughout. For £25pp you get to mix (and consume!) two cocktails during a class that takes roughly 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Bar / Hotel

The New York Bar offers a unique experience with their expert resident mixologist who will guide you through an innovative and exciting gin experience. You will be offering three sensational tasting opportunities where you will sample carefully selected gins ranging from dry, to citrus to spiced varieties accompanied by a selection of complementary tonic water pairings. £45 per person, or £60 per person for a Gin Experience and sharing platter. Book to avoid disappointment

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant

Shad Thames waterfront bar and restaurant, Pont de la Tour, with its perfect views of nearby Tower Bridge, serves up cocktail classes for the curious. For groups of six or more (think stylish hen parties or grown up birthday celebrations), a half-day class can be arranged so that you can perfect your skills at making a classic gin martini, a gin fizz, a Shirley Temple and a Champagne cocktail, all with that amazing view over the river Thames as your backdrop. The cocktail class is £28pp, £40pp when paired with canapes, or you can go the whole hog and throw in a 3-course meal as well for only £55!!

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

Want to learn more about your favourite luxury bubbles? Then the Champagne tastings that takes place in the private tasting room at this Champagne bar in Covent Garden might soon be appearing on your calendar. Each occasion last two hours and involves in-depth food pairings and cheese tasting. The evening or lunchtime events would be the ideal way to start off a hen weekend in London or a fancy birthday celebration in the West End. Plus, there's good reason to come back again because the bar also hosts a pink Champagne tasting event. In addition, you'll get the chance to buy the Champagnes and cheese at specially discounted prices. Bottoms up, what what!

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Basement Sate late night bar in Soho has cocktail-making masterclasses at which you can learn how to add a modern touch to your favourite cocktails by using the finest rare and boutique spirits, as well as delving into forgotten classics such as the Van Zandt from 1933, or theScofflaw from Harry Craddock. The classes, which happen Tuesday to Saturday each week and give you some steer on which spirits you would like to learn more about, are £40pp, and include two cocktails each.

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This brilliant little hidden gem of a cocktail bar half way between the holy hedonistic capitals of Dalston and Shoreditch hosts a variety of different master classes for novices and connoisseurs alike. Having one of the best Japanese whisky collections in London gives MAP Maison the edge on whisky tasting classes. Then there's the mezcal class during which you'll taste two cocktails mixed with the fine Mexican drink, plus a trio of straights. The Mexican mixologist at the bar also hosts a Jalisco tequila masterclass which includes nibbles, a welcome drink of Champagne plus the same amount of drinks as the mezcal class. Oh, and there's a gin masterclass too. Spoilt for choice!

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This secret bar in west London is hidden somewhere at Goat, a delightful pizza restaurant on the Fulham Road. Every Wednesday and Thursday, follow the clandestine crowd up the stairs for the The Old Fashioned Cocktail Club where, for £16pp, you'll enjoy a welcome drink, a lesson in the libation of the day, and as many free samples of the mixed drinks as you can snaffle. You'll also get 50% discount on bar food in DRINK downstairs. Weekly topics different so come back time and time again to learn about negronis, martinis, cognac, pisco and grappa. There's also the opportunity to recreate the experience for a private hen party or birthday for £30pp (with at least 5 drinks each included).

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City of London

Set in the surrounds of the award-winning Scarfes Bar in Holborn with a backdrop of more than 500 whiskies, and the works of the infamous caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, embark on a journey through Scotland, tasting a whisky from each region along the way. During this whisky masterclass, learn about Scotland's affiliation with whisky, its heritage and how it is made, before tasting four different types of Scotch and discovering their different nuances and flavour profiles with the guidance of the expert bar team. Classes include a welcome whisky cocktail, four glasses of whisky and a delicious bar bite. Guests will receive a 50ml bottle of Scarfes single malt whisky to take home as well.

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