London's Best Cocktail Masterclasses

By Helen Glaberson Last edited 17 months ago
London's Best Cocktail Masterclasses

Hen do to plan? Boozy birthday on the cards? Or maybe you just fancy sprucing up your mixology skills (you can never have enough cocktails in your repertoire, after all). Whatever your excuse, there are plenty of bars willing to share their secrets; from ice carving lessons, to tiki cocktail masterclasses, here are 10 great cocktail masterclasses you should try. 

London Cocktail Club

Best for: Hen do and birthdays

Capacity: 2-25 people

When: Find available dates here

Cost: £50pp

If you're looking for a bit of a laugh, London's renowned chain of party bars is the place. Learn tips and tricks to make some of the bars' craziest cocktails. After mixing up and knocking back three of your creations, along with a welcome drink, you'll be ready and raving to join in the other revellers in the bar for some fun times.

Bethnal Green: Arch 253, Paradise Row, E2 9LE

61 Goodge Street, W1T | 224 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H | 4 Great Portland Street, W1W | 29 Sclater Street, E1 | 108 Essex Road, N1

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69 Colebrooke Row

Best for: Anyone seriously into cocktails

Capacity: Max 25 people

When: Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm - check their website for details.

Cost: £50pp

Learn the ropes from some of the best bartenders in town. This cocktail bar consistently runs mixology masterclasses, focusing on a different spirit or theme each time, from gin, to Champagne, to tiki cocktails. All masterclasses have been designed by the bar's owner (and famous London cocktail legend) Tony Conigliaro, so you know it's going to be darn good learning. Find the upcoming classes here.

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69 Colebrooke Row, N1

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The German Gymnasium

Best for: Everyone! They cater for all levels of experience here - from boozy beginners to cocktail geeks

Capacity: 10-20 people

When: Monday-Sunday from 12pm 

Cost: From £30pp for a beginner, to £80pp for the advanced course

Interestingly, this place was England's first gym, built back in the 1800s -- so maybe a good hen do plan for that sporty friend. With these cocktail classes everyone gets a little certificate to take home with them (can we add it to our Linkedin too?!) and the advanced cocktail masterclasses also include an ice carving lesson. To book your class, or find out more info click here.

1 King's Boulevard, N1C

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The Last Tuesday Society

Best for: If you want something something VERY different

Capacity: Minimum 6, maximum 10

When: Dates vary, check the website for upcoming masterclasses

Cost: £35pp

Imagine mixing up drinks in your grandad's attic and you get the idea  - this masterclass is more about atmosphere and quirkiness than anything else. Set at the upstairs bar area of the weird and wonderful Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities among stuffed bears and rodents, it's sure going to be an experience. Head downstairs to the museum afterwards to catch a glimpse of Russel Brand's pubes, and lots of animal skeletons (if that floats your boat). Certainly not for the squeamish. Email for tickets, or visit the website for more details.


11 Mare Street, E8

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Harvey Nichols' Champagne Bar

Best for: Going all out

Capacity: Max 30 people

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-1pm (ish)

Cost: £80pp

Got a spare £80 to hand? Why not make a day of it? This cocktail and food sesh kicks off at 9.30am with a breakfast platter of pastries, fruit sticks and avocado bagels. Then, full of fuel, it's behind the bar at 10am where you'll get a complete run-down on three themed cocktails (the theme depends on the date you book). A cocktail guru will fill you with info about the spirits and flavour combinations. Then it's time to have a go at making them yourself, followed by lunch and a well-deserved glass of wine. Masterclass themes tend to focus on different countries, from USA, to France, to UK and Cuba. Find out what masterclass is on when, click here  

109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X

Reverend J W Simpson

Best for: Those wanting to learns the ins and outs of a particular spirit (or get drunk)

When: Tuesdays

Cost: £30pp 

A really atmospheric place to head for a masterclass, set where a reverend used to live - you can still see the tiles on the kitchen wall and the original front door. Go to a Spirited Sermon and get clued up on whatever spirit is under the microscope - one week it's all about the tequila, the next it's Negroni's a go-go with Campari. Along with all the education, you'll get a tasting flight of three drinks, plus three cocktails too. This is a real value-for-money masterclass in a really top notch London bar. Find the latest list of masterclasses here. 

32 Goodge Street, W1T

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The Walrus Room

Best for: Those into a particular spirit.

Capacity: 30-35 max

When: Mondays and Tuesdays, Visit the bar's Facebook page to check out the agenda

Cost: Varies -- but some masterclasses are free

This cute little Battersea bar runs a handful of sell-out cocktail masterclasses each month. Previous popular sessions included one on Japanese Whiskies and another on Mezcals and Tequilas. 

40 Battersea Rise, SW11

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The Cocktail Trading Co.

Best for: Hen do's. Hot cocktails and hot bartenders = winner.

Capacity: Large and small groups welcome

When: Visit the CTC website to see their opening hours

Cost: £35pp 

These guys make seriously bonkers cocktails -- from drink served in wellington boot, to a cocktail sealed inside a real hen's egg which you crack to relase into your glass. Want to get into their secrets? Book a masterclass at their Bethnal Green bar. This includes a welcome drink from the menu and then an hour or so behind the bar whipping up your own crazy cocktail, or get to grips with some classics. To book, email

68 Bethnal Green Road, E1

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TT Liquor

Best for: Serious cocktail making 

Capacity: Up to 50 people per class

When: Times vary - visit Design My Night for details

There's no waiting for your turn at TT Liquor. Everyone gets their own cocktail making station. Think Great British Bakeoff, but in a bar. Learn the basics on taste, balance and mixing, then it's time to make your own creation.

17 Kingsland Road, E2

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Last Updated 11 August 2017