Restaurants: Learn While You Eat

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125/129 Dawes Rd, London SW6 (0171-385 9500); Canyon, Riverside, Richmond, Surrey (0181-948 2944)

The Cigar and Bourbon Extravaganzas ( 2 Feb, Canyon 3 Feb; pounds 32 a head) start at 7.30pm with a complimentary cocktail and cigar, and feature a special three-course dinner.

Claridges Bar

Davies St, Mayfair, London W1 (0171-629 8860)

This masterclass (13 Mar; pounds 50 a head) focuses on the perfect martini, and includes a complimentary cocktail shaker. As part of its chocolate festival (8 Mar to 1 Apr), the hotel will also be holding weekly chocolate masterclasses.

The Savoy

The Strand, London WC2 (0171-420 2356)

Anton Edelman's master-classes on 30 Jan and 13 Mar (pounds 85 a head) include a champagne lunch.

The Lanesborough

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1 (0171-259 5599)

Award-winner Salvatore Calabrese hosts a cocktail masterclass on 18 Feb. His Classic Cocktails book is included in ticket (pounds 95 with dinner, pounds 45 without).

Hotel du Vin

Southgate St, Winchester (01962 841414); Crescent Rd, Tunbridge Wells (01892 526455)

These award-winning hotels hold regular wine events (from pounds 45) such as port-and-cigar evenings and champagne suppers.


17 Hanover Sq, London W1 (0171-629 2552). Cigar tastings and talks are a regular feature at this Cuban bar/restaurant with branches in Fulham, Manchester and Glasgow.