Summertime and cocktails just seem to go perfectly hand-in-hand, don’t they? Well with summer right around the corner, why not grab the chance to organise a cocktail masterclass, learning how to make – and of course getting to sample – some delicious drinks, whilst functioning as either a fun alternative day-out with your friends or even a wonderful ice-breaking exercise with colleagues.
Basement Sate is rich in a sense of Parisian chic, brought on by the sumptuous and yet elegant furnishings. The design-led interior features dark wood, exposed brickwork and intimate spaces, which make this the perfect spot to wile a day away over good drinks. After all, it’s the food and drinks here where the real attention to detail lies, so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the very highest quality, in-keeping with the ambience of the venue itself. With a capacity of more than 100 and plenty of good transport options close by, this is as much a practical choice as it is an alluring one.
The Oyster Shed is a riverside venue found right by the banks of the Thames. The impressive floor-to-ceiling windows let in an abundance of natural light, which makes the space feel bright, airy and contemporary. Better yet, it allows you to enjoy the view in all its glory, taking in iconic London landmarks such as The Shard and London Bridge. There are many bookable areas that are perfect for drinks parties but if you would prefer to enjoy the venue in its entirety, exclusive hire is available at the weekend, allowing for a total capacity of a generous 400.
The Punchbowl has the distinction of being one of the oldest pubs in all of Mayfair, one of London’s most popular and hotly sought-after areas. The Club – the name given to the private dining room on the second floor – has been styled to feel like an old Victorian gambling den, complete with plenty of leather and velvet for that rich, opulent feel. Alternatively, there is the Dining Room, which lives up to all the precedent of the venue’s luxurious location courtesy of the beautifully appointed gold and cream finish. With an intimate capacity of around 30, this is a perfect venue for events with a more personal touch.
Mode is a great choice if you are looking for a wedding reception venue with a difference; something totally out with the norm that would really take your guests by surprise and leave a lasting impression. Finished in a unique ‘Future Vintage’ theme, the décor takes its inspiration from unconventional sources including the industrial revolution and the cultural history of Notting Hill, making for a one-of-a-kind space. There’s a cocktail bar where you can organise a masterclass, as well as the main room which comes complete with a mezzanine if you require the additional space.
The Forge is a unique space that is adaptable enough to play host to a range of different events. The bar and kitchen can not only take care of any catering needs for your guests, but would serve as a great setting for your cocktail masterclass. The venue has bright, colourful and charming décor that brings a warm and welcoming feel to the space, whilst the floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light. One of the biggest talking points however is sure to be the bold and striking artwork that covers the wall. Found in the heart of Camden, nearby transport links include Camden Town and Mornington Crescent.