Our pick of cocktail-tastic events in August:
1 & 30 August: Monday Night Film Club
Adding glamour to your Monday with classic films and cocktails in the heart of the City. (1 August: Roman Holiday; 30 August: Thelma & Louise)
From 6.30pm. £15 per person including cocktail, film and nibbles. Prism, 147 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4OJ. T: 020 7256 3888
4 & 18 August: Book Slam with Bombay Sapphire
Cocktails and culture with improvised readings, performances and music with a gin palace theme.
See facebook.com/bombaysapphire for venues and details
13 & 27 August: Cocktail Master Classes at Fifth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols
Spend two hours tasting and picking up tips on how to make the perfect cocktails, then getting behind the circular bar to make your own one. Stani Visciano makes sure the classes are informative, friendly and fun.
10am-12pm. £60 per person including coffee and pastries, class, cocktails and certificate, plus one-course lunch in the adjoining restaurant. Contact: 020 7235 5250 or email email@example.com
15 August: Multi-sensory Cocktail Emporium at the Worship Street Whistling Shop
A world first: two hours of cocktail drinking sensory overload focusing on the history of rum and rum drinking from the 17th century to today. Includes six rum expressions matched with food and accompanied by imagery, sounds and scents from each era.
6pm-8pm; 8.30pm-10.30pm; 11pm-1am. £95 per person, including rum and food. 63 Worship Stree, EC2A 2DU. T: 020 7247 0015
17 August: Tiddlywink at Villain
New one-and-a-half hour mixology classes with UK Bartender Guild winner Bystrik Uko showing off how to make cocktails with Bulldog gin.
6.30pm-8pm or 8.30pm-10pm. £25 per person, including welcome drink, two cocktails and nibbles.
Great Eastern Street, EC2
26 August: V&A Friday Lates
It’s Bombay Sapphire again, this time joining up with the V&A for the Summer Camp Friday Lates and serving summer cocktails infused with imagination in the John Madjeski Garden.
6pm-10pm. V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL. vam.ac.uk