If there’s anything London does better than boozing, it’s hosting festivals dedicated to booze.
This summer there’s a whole host of events to fill your diaries (and guarantee your lack of sobriety). From rosé to espresso martinis, there’s literally something for everyone.
Hoxton’s Geffrye Museum decided that pink wine deserved an entire festival of it’s own, so they organised a 3-day extravaganza of food, entertainment and lots and lots of boozing (but in a classy way, of course). The festival is in partnership with Laurent Perrier, among many others, and you can expect some la-di-da entertainment including Shakespeare recitals, operatic performances, jazz bands and DJ sets. Heads up: the Saturday event is sold out, so you’re either looking at a Friday boozing session or a Sunday fun day. Get in there quick.
London’s very first Belgian craft beer festival is coming to Hackney this weekend and there’s UNLIMITED beer! Sample unique Belgian beers, some authentic Belgian food and join in with the traditional Belgian vibes! Go for the ‘all in’ option and get an exclusive festival glass and unlimited beer for the day. We repeat, unlimited beer. Oh and by the way, Secret London readers get a discounted price of £29 (it’s normally £40) because you’re nice and we like you.
Tequila is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it (although the line becomes slightly blurred when you’ve had a few pre-shot bevvys). But how much do you really know about the spirit? London’s Tequila Festival will show you 30 different types of tequila, so you’re bound to find one that you like. You’ll receive a complimentary shot upon entry, along with a ‘Tequila Bible’ to help guide you through the ins-and-outs of the art of tequila tasting. Besides the tequila, you can also expect some delicious Mexican street food, live music, DJs, performers, a Mariachi band and plenty more surprises.
4. Gin trails at Nicholson’s Gin Fest, from 24th July
This summer, Nicholson’s 78 pubs across London and the UK are launching their largest GinFest to date. Launching on July 24th until the end of August, the festival will be jam-packed with various masterclasses, gigs, gin tours and secret parties. Throughout the festival, Nicholson’s will be showcasing 38 different gin brands, including Silent Pool, Little Bird and City of London Distillery. Look out for all sorts of gincredible events over the summer, as well as the Sipsmith’s Gin Cab, Little Bird’s 1940s party and various pub takeovers.
5. Rum Fest, 1st-31st July
For the entire month of July, The Jam Tree will be celebrating the sweet, smoky flavours of rum. Based at their Clapham and Chelsea branches, this festival will incorporate rum in every way possible: from their new food menu to various tastings and events. Rum punch bowls will be set alongside the soundtrack of reggae, ska and salsa tunes to really transport you away from the grey pavements of London.
6. Espresso Martini Festival, 10-12th August
Mr Black, the coffee liqueur legends from Oz, are teaming up with DrinkUp.London to launch London’s very first Espresso Martini Festival: a 3-day celebration of the cocktail that was created back in the 1980s after a customer asked for a drink that would “wake me up and then f*ck me up”. Running between August 10-12th, the festival will take place across some of London’s very best cocktail bars, including Milk & Honey, Cocktail Trading Company, 46 & Mercy, London Cocktail Club and various Grinds.
Tickets to the festival cost £10 and you can get them here.
Shake Your Patty, London’s first ever burger and milkshake festival is landing in time for some summer feasting. This genius idea will be hosted by London Garden Events and Studio 338, and will be the first of its kind to come to the capital. Besides lots of 0% ABV options, there will be more than enough hard shakes to help you get your boozy fix. Expect an impressive line-up of some of the best burger joints and shake makers in the capital and some banging live DJ sets.