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Top 10 Cocktail Masterclasses and Champagne 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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Fitzrovia
Bar / Hotel
British

With its symphony of purples, lavenders and violets, Purple Bar at The Sanderson in Fitzrovia is a chic and intimate lounge that has become one of London's hottest gathering places. Draped in violet silk opera curtains, the wildly theatrical Purple Bar feels straight from the pages of "Alice in Wonderland" - a quality that makes it the perfect setting for a Cocktail Heaven Masterclass. Learn how to make a mean Manhattan or a magnificent Martini. Classes are highly interactive, hands-on and fun - ideal for work parties or special occasions.

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Angel & Islington
Bar
Bar

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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Victoria
Bar / Restaurant
African

Learning to mix world-class cocktails is not a task to be undertaken alone. A cocktail masterclass is an experience best suited to a big group gatherings. Whether you're organising a hen party in London, a corporate event for clients and colleagues, or a great big birthday get-together, and you have 10 or more people in your group booking, choose a private event that either covers a basic cocktail master class (£30pp), a professional cocktail master class (£40pp), or a martini-only master class (£15pp) at this cosy little bar near Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station. Call 020 7958 7000 and quote "Fluid London" for more details.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Here in the centre of London's thriving West End, you are spoilt for choice: the stage shows and street performers keep London entertained; worldly restaurant menus excite your bellies; and vibrant exotic cocktails keep you warm and fuzzy throughout the night. This top Indian restaurant and cocktail bar on Haymarket is where you want to book yourself in if you're living the high life. No cheap tricks here. The classy cocktail masterclasses here are £30pp for an hour class which includes a cocktail when you arrive, and the chance to make two of your own (and drink them!), plus a fun "shake off" to show off your bar tender skills. Two hours is £50 and includes canapes.

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West End
Bar
Bar

Picture the scene: you gather together an group of inquisitive colleagues for some corporate team building fun; your high class gal pals for an upmarket hen party; or your best dressed pals for a stylish birthday celebration; deep in London's West End; the promise of West End musicals and bright-light late-nights oozing from every pore. You sneak them all through a secret door at what seems to be a boutique tea counter. In fact, you find yourself in a secret speakeasy where you and your gathered team go on an adventure through taste, exploring one of the three masterclasses - gin, wine or Champagne - for £50pp (Monday to Thursday).

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant
French

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
French

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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Soho
Bar
Cafe

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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Hackney
Bar
Bar

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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Chelsea
Bar
Bar

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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