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London Wine Week starts this Monday 2 June 2014 - with chocolate and port pairing, champagne and charcuterie as well as some blinding English fizz

There's also a chance to experience 1920s music, glamour and the effervescence of Ayala Champagnes accompanied by canapés at Parliament Square.

Check out the list below to find out where, when, why and with whom you should be chinking next week.

London Wine Week 2014


The Wine Workshop
The Riedel Hub at Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
From midday

Forgotten Hospitality will be hosting drop-in and ticketed sessions all week, covering everything from weird wines to liquid lunches and late-night learnings, so be sure to check out their full schedule.


Fast Fizz
The Riedel Hub at Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW
1pm - 1.30pm

To celebrate the start of London Wine Week, take 30 mins at lunch time for some speed tasting of the most divine English fizz.  Join BBC1 wine expert Jane Parkinson and taste 3 wines that show why England is now a serious wine producing country.


An Evening With Octavian: How to Start a Fine Wine Collection
Hedonism Wines
3-7 Davies St, W1K 3LD
6.30pm - 8pm

Alongside champagne and charcuterie, guests will have the opportunity to compare & contrast a 2005 Château Palmer & 2001 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny, each worth around £200 per bottle, to help you discover your own palate: are you a Bordeaux or Burgundy drinker? The ticket price also includes a Hedonism tasting card with £10 credit for sampling wines from their Enomatic machines.

Tickets are limited to ensure guests have the opportunity to speak with Octavian experts and receive tailored advice. The seminar will be led by Octavian’s strategy consultant, Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer, Ella Lister.


Paul A Young Chocolates and Port Pairing
Churchill’s Port House, 26 Greek St, London, W1D 5DE
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Forget what you know about Port and Cheese. Once you’ve paired Vintage Port with the best chocolate in the UK, you won’t look back. Churchill’s Port House are hosting one of our more unique events at London Wine Week in partnership with Paul A Young, one of the UK’s finest chocolatier.


Wine Zero to Wine Hero
WSET School, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF
6.30pm - 8.30pm

Brush up on your bottle confidence with the WSET’s wine bluff to buff crash course and get yourself wine list ready in just two hours.

Whether you’re a novice or an enthusiast keen to learn more, we will get you prepped with the skills to take on the trickiest wine lists this city has to offer – from speakeasy to the Savoy.
Fizz and Frivolity: A Taste of the 1920’s with Champagne Ayala
Roux at Parliament Square RCIS, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD
7pm - 9pm

It can be said that the 1920s saw the beginnings of modern celebrity culture in Britain. Young, eclectic socialites and public figures became gossip column fodder due to their prolific partying ways. The ‘Bright Young People’ danced their cares away after the First World War, and Champagne Ayala was often in their glass.

Enjoy an evening tasting the range of Ayala Champagnes and paired canapés as we bring to life the music, glamour and effervescence of this gilded age.


Weird Wines – The Unexpected Hotshots
The Wine Workshop, Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
8pm - 8.45pm

A look at the weird and wonderful in the world of wine. 90 minutes with eight truly unique wines - from unusual grapes to primitive production, these outsiders really have come up trumps.
Some of the most enjoyable drinking around.
£45, ticket price includes eight wines and nibbles.

London Wine Sessions
The Apiary, 458 Hackney Road, London E2
ALL DAY from 12pm
From £20

Inspired by London's best new wine bars, merchants, fanzines, wine writers and sommeliers Wine Sessions, taking place on the Saturday of London Wine Week, speakers will share their most interesting wines, from top-end burgundy to biodynamic thrillers with many cult producers in between.


Wine Car Boot
West Handyside Canopy (next to St Martins College, enter via Granary Square), Kings Cross, N1C 4AA
12pm - 6pm
£10 in Advance, £12 on the door

As the perfect end to your London Wine Week, get out in the sun and find your favourite wines for the summer from London’s best independent shops. They’ll have their five favourite wines on offer, for everyone to try, buy, taste and drink throughout the afternoon.

Taste your way out of the supermarket.

Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th June; get involved and buy your £10 wristband at to enjoy great wine by the glass or flight in London’s best bars and restaurants all week for just £5 each. 

London Wine Week 2014 venues include: 

10 Cases, 28-50, Albion, Almeida, Antidote, Apero, Avenue, Bar Pepito, Barrafina, Bedales, Bedford & Strand, Benares, Bleeding Heart, Boisdale, Boisdale of Belgravia, Boot & Flogger, Borough Wines, Bread Street Kitchen, Cadogan Arms, Camino, Canela, Caxton Bar at St Ermin's, Chisou, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, Churchill's Port House, Circus, Citizen M, Copa de Cava, Cork & Bottle, Drakes Tabanco, Fino, Fish Market, Foxlow, Harvey Nichols, Hawksmoor, High Timber, Hix Oyster & Chop House, HIX Soho, Hixter, Iberica, Imli Street, Barbecoa, Fifteen, Kettner's, Kopapa, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, La Bottega, Le Secret des Rôtisseurs, Le Vieux Comptoir, L'Entrepôt, MASH, Mele e Pere, New Street Grill, Newman Street Tavern, Northall Bar at Corinthia Hotel, One Canada Square, One Kensington, Pall Mall Fine Wines, Paternoster, Planet of the Grapes, Plateau, Portal, Public House, Quaglinos, Quarter Bar and Lounge, Quo Vadis, Rivington Grill, Rotorino, Royal Exchange Grand Café, Sager & Wilde, Shampers, Shoryu Kingly, Sign of The Don, Skylon, The Ape & Bird, The Butlers Wharf Chop House, The Don, The Fulham Wine Rooms, The Gun, The Jugged Hare, The Kensington Wine Rooms, The Metro, The Providores & Tapa Room, The Remedy, The Table, The Vintry, The Well, The Wine Pantry, TOZI, Tramshed, Union Street Bar, Village East, Vinoteca, Vivat Bacchus, Voltaire, Whyte& Brown, Wine Wharf, Wright Brothers Soho.

London Wine Week are partnering with Publicity to feature all participating venues on their iPhone app. Download Publicity to find your nearest venue, see live photos and updates from other festival goers and check-in to share your own. Publicity is available for free on iPhone

London Wine Week 2014 independent merchants include: 

Around Wine, Bedales of Borough, Bedales of Spitalfields, Bedales of Leadenhall, Berry Bros & Rudd, Bluebird Wine Cellar, Borough Wines, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism Wines, La Compagnie Delicatessen, Laithwaites, Le Pont de la Tour Wine Cellar, Lea & Sandeman, Le Vieux Comptoir, Mill Hill Wines, New Street Wine Shop, Pall Mall Fine Wines, Planet of the Grapes, Roberson Wine, The City Beverage Co, The Hampstead Butcher & Providore, Vagabond, Vinvixen, Waterloo Wines, The Wine Pantry

When you're not using your wristband to enjoy £5 glasses of wine on the self-guided Wine Tours, book into one of the London Wine Week events. Here's our pick of the best. To book, head to

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