If there’s anything London does better than drinking, it’s hosting drinks festivals.
Now, with the pubs reopening and Londoners thirsty for a bev, there’s no better time to cast an eye over the festivals hitting the capital this summer. And we’re not talking about music festivals here; no, we want to know all about the drinks festivals for 2021! Whether craft beers or delectable cocktails are your tipple of choice, there are plenty of drinks festivals rocking up in London before the year’s end, so we’ve picked out just five that need to go in your diary right now.
1. Springfest (May 22 – June 26)
From the folks who also provide Camden Oktoberfest every autumn comes another excuse to while away a Saturday with freshly-poured pints of craft beer and cider. Taking over Camden’s Electric Ballroom for six whole weeks, Springfest offers Bavarian vibes and plenty of beer. Though they’ve swapped the traditional Oompah band for No Limit Street Band and a lineup of talented local DJs, some things remain happily the same – like the huge biergarten tables, and the waiting staff in traditional Bavarian dress. Beer and cider have been sourced from world-class breweries, and Brat Brothers will lay on Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Veganwurst, fries, and all the trimmings to keep you nice and fed. So, grab your tickets here and say “prost!” to a very happy springtime…
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2. London Craft Beer Festival (August 13 & 14)
Beer lovers have plenty to mark on the calendars this year, as the London Craft Beer Festival returns to town in August. You’ll be able to sample beers from London breweries such as Gipsy Hill, Signature Brew, Partizan, and Hackney Brewery, along with other heavyweights such as Mikkeller, Northern Monk, Sierra Nevada, Weird Beard and more. Plus, food offerings from top London restaurants – think Hoppers, Bun House, Pitt Cue, The Palomar, to name just a few – and DJ sets from big name musicians will add to this good vibes only drinks festival! Tickets are available here.
3. London Coffee Festival (September 23 – 26)
Yep, not every drinks festival has to be alcoholic… Although having said that, the London Coffee Festival has been known to kick off with an Espresso Martini launch party, which absolutely mustn’t be missed. Anyway, Europe’s largest gathering of coffee fans is back at the Old Truman Brewery after taking an enforced hiatus in 2020, allowing you to celebrate London’s vibrant coffee culture with various tastings, talks and workshops — all to the sound of live DJs and musicians. See more here.
4. Gin & Rum Festival (October 1 & 2)
Why choose between two great spirits when you could have both? The ever-popular Gin & Rum festival sets up in the capital come autumn, with a frankly staggering array of gins and rums available to sample. The latest tipples will be yours to sample, and talks and masterclasses from producers will help you dive into the history and nuances of both spirits. Plus, your festival ticket also nets you a pair of miniature spirit bottles, a Copa glass, and a knowledgeable guide, so you’ll be well equipped to sample everything! Find your tickets here.
5. London Cocktail Month (October 1 – 31)
Last year, London Cocktail Week became London Cocktail Month, as organisers wisely assumed we’d been deprived of cocktails for too long at that point. Even more wisely, they’re doing the same again this year, as some of the capital’s finest cocktail bars create signature cocktails specifically for this drinks festival. You can also expect to enjoy immersive cocktail experiences (always fun!), and since this one is a month-long festival, you can enjoy it leisurely. Find out more here.
In the meantime, check out our guides to London’s best beer gardens and rooftop bars.
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