London's best... cocktail classes

Impress party guests with something far more ambitious than voddy 'n' coke in a plastic cup – here's where you can learn cocktail knowledge from the pros

  • London's best... cocktail classes

    Olivia Rutherford

    • 69 Colebrooke Row

      69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA (

      Twice a month, Tony Conigliaro’s boutique bar in Islington offers a chance to learn about the history of selected styles of drinks from a master bartender. Themes are decided about a month in advance. Up next is Japanese spirits and flavours, with Japanese bartending skills, on February 26 2011 from 2-4pm. £40 per person. Book by emailing Read more

  • Fifth Floor

    109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ (020 7235 5250/

    Kick off a decadent Saturday morning at the Harvey Nichols bar with head barman Stani Visciano. Begin with a light, stomach-lining breakfast before being guided through the cocktails of the day. Participants are then let loose behind the bar to practise. The morning ends with a single-course lunch in the Fifth Floor restaurant next door. A few upcoming themes include caipirinhas and mojitos (Feb 26), and sparkling wine cocktails (Mar 26). 9.30am-noon, £80 per person.

  • Milk & Honey

    61 Poland St, W1F 7NU (020 7065 6840/

    Groups of four to ten people can arrange cocktail classes at this highly regarded Soho club. Over the course of 90 minutes in the basement bar, you’ll learn how to make (and drink) at least four styles of cocktail – including, if you want it, a bespoke cocktail to mark the occasion. £40 per person. Read more

  • Off Broadway

    63 Broadway Market, E8 4PH (020 7241 2786/

    Specialising in American drinks and whiskeys, this Hackney bar holds fortnightly classes entitled ‘A whiskey (whisky) by any other name’, focusing entirely on techniques for mixing drinks with the malty firewater. Starting at 7.30pm, classes demonstrate a minimum of five drinks, which will include four to enjoy. £35 per person. Read more

  • Skylon

    Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (020 7654 7800/

    Mixologist Zoran Peric hosts masterclasses on the first Monday evening of every month at the tiny bar inside the Royal Festival Hall’s flagship restaurant. Classes are free to attend – you only pay for what you drink. The next class, on March 7(6.30-9pm), will cover aperitifs. Read more