London Wine Week is back for its fifth year from the 14th – 20th May with a brand-new hub at Flat Iron Square and more than 500 different wines to try across the capital. Organised by DrinkUp.London – the award-winning team behind London Cocktail Week and London Beer Week – Londoners can expect a week-long adventure exploring and celebrating the city’s diverse and exciting wine scene.
This year, the festival has gone digital with the DrinkUp.London app and £10 digital Festival Pass, ensuring the places to visit are right in the palm of your hand. 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.
A host of interactive events including wine tastings, masterclasses, dinners, pop-ups and parties will take place over the seven days. Back by popular demand, over 125 of the very best wine bars will be offering bespoke Wine Tasting Flights and ‘Sip & Snack’ food pairings for Festival Pass holders.
This year, London Wine Week is moving to a brand-new Hub at Flat Iron Square in Southwark. Situated just behind the bustling South Bank and within walking distance of London Bridge, the space will be transformed into a summer garden playing host to a variety of pop-up wine bars. What’s more, on Saturday 19th May, London Wine Week will be celebrating the Royal Wedding with a free live screening and Garden Party.
Free to attend and open to all, it’s the perfect base to kick-start an evening of wine-filled delights. Details of London Wine Week highlights are below, with a full programme of individual, one-off events to be announced in late April.
THE WINE TOURS – £5 WINE TASTING FLIGHTS | ALL WEEK The Capital’s Only City-Wide Wine Tasting
Turning the capital into a city-wide wine tasting, London Wine Week will partner with over 125 bars and venues to offer £5 Wine Tasting Flights or ‘Sip & Snack’ specials to Festival Pass holders.
The Wine Tasting 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.
The DrinkUp.London app’s digital guide now makes it even easier to pull together self- guided tours, turning a usual evening with friends into a veritable wine-filled treasure trail.
The Details £5 wine flights are available at participating venues to Festival Pass holders Festival Passes cost £10 per person and can be purchased online and through the DrinkUp.London app.
FLAT IRON SQUARE LONDON WINE WEEK HUB | ALL WEEK An Oasis of Al Fresco Pop-Ups
London Bridge will play host to the London Wine Week Hub as numerous al fresco pop-up wine bars descend onto Flat Iron Square on Union Street.
Loire Valley Wines will be celebrating one of the region’s most iconic varieties at its ‘Muscadet Truck’; Freixenet will be seeing in the start of the summer season with its Vintage Van serving up rosé fizz; Pol Roger, internationally renowned for its award-winning champagne, will be serving a selection of its wines; whilst Graham’s will be offering visitors light and refreshing White Port and Tonics, this summer’s must-have aperitif.
The Hub is open to all and free to attend throughout the week, however, Festival Pass holders will benefit from a discounted price point of wines starting from just £5. A short walk from London Bridge station and Borough Market, the new Hub makes the perfect after-work retreat or place to kick off an evening exploring the city’s wine scene.
The Details Address: 68 Union Street, London SE1 1TD Free entry for all – including non-Festival Pass holders. Festival Passes cost £10 per person and can be purchased online and through the DrinkUp.London app.
London Wine Week has gone digital with the new DrinkUp.London app. Free to download the app is the key to unlocking all this year’s festival has to offer.
You no longer need to collect your Festival Pass in the form of a wristband, instead it will be available to download through the app – meaning more people, less waste and a broader celebration of London’s diverse wine scene. In addition to purchasing the week-long Festival Pass you can purchase tickets to other London Wine Week events through the app and website.
All of the tickets are stored in the digital wallet for easy accessibility – no more print outs or scrolling through emails to find tickets. Other functions of the app include the ability to create your own unique London Wine Week schedule from the myriad of events throughout the week and an interactive map that shows all the bars participating in the festival and their offers based on your precise location in the capital.