This June see’s London Wine Week take over the capital and with that comes a week long celebration of wine filled delights.
Kicking off on the 5th June DrinkUp.London, the award-winning team behind London Cocktail Week and London Beer Week will be bringing Londoners a week-long adventure exploring and celebrating the city’s diverse and exciting wine scene.
From red, rosé and white to natural, orange and sparkling, there will be wines for all preferences and events for all levels of wine knowledge from enthusiastic beginners to connoisseurs.
Expect a full programme of wine tastings, masterclasses, dinners, brunches, pop-ups and parties will take place over the seven days.
The grand finale of the week will be DrinkUp: The Wine Edit, a special festival curated by London Wine Week Director Emma Murphy.
‘How can I get involved?’ I hear you scream…..
Well, for just £10 you can purchase a week-long Festival Pass that allows you to partake in the Wine Tours with unlimited £5 wine flights at more than 100 partnering wine bars throughout the week.
Festival Passes can be purchased at DrinkUp.London and then collected at the Devonshire Square Hub during the week itself, where they will also be on sale in case you don’t have access to the Internet. (Not sure how you would be reading this if you didn’t).
A full programme will be announced soon, but here are some events already planned:
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THE WINE TOURS – £5 WINE FLIGHTS | ALL WEEK
A City-Wide Wine Tasting
Turning the capital into a city-wide wine tasting, London Wine Week will partner with over 100 bars and venues to offer £5 Wine Flights or ‘Sip & Snack’ specials to Festival Pass holders.
The Wine Flights will feature three wines, all complementing each other to showcase a certain grape, region or producer, as chosen by the venues’ expert sommeliers, whilst the ‘Sip & Snack’ option will demonstrate a food pairing created by the venue – with options ranging from traditional cheese and wine matches through to quirkier food offerings.
Top wine venues will be working with varieties and vintages from across the world, making it the best way to discover what London’s wine scene has to offer without breaking the bank. A digital guide will make it easy to pull together self guided tours, turning a usual evening with friends into a veritable wine-filled treasure trail.
£5 wine flights are available at participating venues to Festival Pass holders
Festival Passes cost £10 per person and are available online at www.drinkup.london/wineweek
Festival Passes should be collected from the LWW Devonshire Square Hub once the week begins.
DEVONSHIRE SQUARE LONDON WINE WEEK HUB | MONDAY 5TH – FRIDAY 9TH JUNE
An Oasis of Alfresco Pop-Ups
The heart of the city will once again play host to the LWW Hub as numerous alfresco pop-up wine bars descend on Devonshire Square. At the centre of the action, festival goers will be able to collect and buy their Festival Passes whilst enjoying £5 wine offerings throughout, making it the perfect after-work retreat or place to kick off an evening exploring the city’s wine scene.
Starting things off with some essential fizz, headline partner and global producer of sparkling wine, Freixenet will be present with its vintage wine van, exclusively serving up a brand new, premium fizz alongside its other delicious sparkling wines. Providing some Latin American spirit with its colourful pop-up, Wines of Argentina will be pouring some of the region’s best wines, whilst Wines of Portugal and Vins de Provence will be keeping the holiday vibe alive with their Mediterranean wine flights.
Address: 6 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YE (closest tube station: Liverpool Street)
Timings: Mon 5th – Fri 9th 5-10pm
Festival Passes cost £10 per person and are available to buy online at www.drinkup.london/wineweek
Festival passes should be collected from Devonshire Square, where festival goers can kick start their LWW with £5 wine offers across the Hub
DRINKUP: THE WINE EDIT | THURSDAY 8TH – SATURDAY 10TH JUNE
Where a Mediterranean Vineyard Meets East London
Taking place at iconic East London venue Oval Space in Bethnal Green, DrinkUp: The Wine Edit is a special ‘festival within a festival’ curated by London Wine Week Director Emma Murphy.
Transforming the warehouse space into a beautiful Mediterranean vineyard, guests will be able to experience the atmosphere and wines of different regions as they weave their way through the numerous bars.
Transporting visitors to sun-drenched climes, Loire Valley Wines will be present with its list of light, refreshing and delicate wines for which the region is known, including the sparkling wine Crémant, tipped to be the thinking drinker’s Prosecco this summer. For something a little bolder there will be the Spanish region of Ribera Del Duero, regarded by some as the rival to Rioja, it is known for its big bodied reds. Tapping into the recent trend for sherry drinking, Jerez will be demonstrating the wide variety of sherry styles available, whilst Port will be serving up something sweet alongside its offering with traditional Portuguese Nata Tarts.
On the ‘Rogue Terrace’, a special vermouth terrace created by Regal Rogue, sundowner aperitifs and end of evening digestifs will be served up alongside food by The Modern Pantry.
On the Saturday a special paired brunch will take place ahead of The Wine Edit’s day session.
DrinkUp: The Wine Edit is the perfect place for wine adventurers to round off a week of celebrating what the city’s wine scene has to offer.
Tickets: £15 per person, available from to buy now from www.drinkup.london/wineweek
Timings: Thu – Fri 6pm – 11pm, Sat 12pm – 5pm & 6pm – 11pm
Address: Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DT (closest tube is Bethnal Green)