You may not think of London as being one of the world’s wine tasting capitals – it is a long way from Napa Valley or the fertile soils of la Rioja we admit – but there are a surprising amount of wine tasting venues and experiences for visitors to choose from. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur and wish to sample some of the UK’s finest wines or you’re just looking for an afternoon activity that’s a little bit different to enjoy as a couple or as part of a hen or stag do, there should be a class (and a glass!) to suit.
Here are our recommendations for some of the top wine tasting venues and experiences in London. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible after you have chosen your preferred experience to coincide with the dates of your stay at the Grand Royale London Hide Park Hotel.
Cheese and Wine Tasting for Two
This one is perfect for couples who are in London for a romantic weekend. The Cheese and Wine Tasting For Two experience combines two things that go together perfectly, cheese and wine. Held at both of Dionysius’ London locations visitors can try out wine from the best vineyards throughout the world, whilst sampling carefully chosen cheeses. Each cheese has been handpicked to complement one of the wines on offer. One of the Dionysius’ is located in Paddington, only a short distance from the Grand Royale London Hyde Park and other accommodation near Hyde Park.
London Wine Academy
If you’re looking for something a little more professional, head to the London Wine Academy. The London Wine Academy offers a range of courses for those who are seriously interested in learning more about wine. Visitors can get involved in workshops that focus on a specific grape varieties or region, there are evening classes dedicated to food pairing and longer courses with a wealth of information to learn. London Wine Academy is less about wine tasting and more about tasting the wines you’ll be learning more about to really understand their complex notes and provenance. If you’re staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park or any accommodation near Hyde Park, it’s only a short journey to the London Wine Academy.
Berry Bros. & Rudd
Berry Bros. & Rudd ticks every box when it comes to wine tasting and they sure know their stuff. At Berry Bros. & Rudd there are a number of wine experiences to choose from including tastings, wine school and private events. At tutored tastings, an expert will guide you through a range of wines offering information throughout, and these are a great opportunity to broaden your wine knowledge. At Berry Bros. & Rudd’s walk around tastings, different wines are laid out for you to try with the guidance of an expert.
As you can see, there are a lot of different types of wine tasting experiences in London; some aimed at those who want to sample some high quality wines and others that are there to educate and inform. Whatever experience or venue you choose, you’re sure to have an enjoyable time.