Food and drink

Enjoy short courses in wine tasting, beer tasting, coffee tasting classes, nutrition classes and more... Choose from weekly courses or one-off workshops to help you select wines for every summer dining occasion, or, if you’re a tea lover, why not try a refreshing workshop to learn more about the history and culture behind this popular drink. Courses are taught by our expert team of tutors.

Read some tips on wine tasting and matching wine with food from City Lit tutors Valerie Cowan and Pippa Hayward.

Contact our wellbeing team on 020 7492 2622 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

Food and drink highlights

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

Beer tasting

Beer tasting

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  1. Cider, the apple of Britain's eye

    Course Date: Fri 22 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cider has been in Britain since Roman times but there is much more to it than just fermenting apple juice. Find out what cider is all about and learn to drink it like an expert!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Rioja revisited: nine wines

    Course Date: Fri 29 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spain's most famous region is full of surprises as well as its much loved classic wines. Fresh whites, juicy reds and classic aged reds, Rioja wines offer great choice and value. Spain's most famous region is full of surprises as well as its much loved classic wines. Fresh whites, juicy reds and classic aged reds, Rioja wines offer great choice and value.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  3. Nutrition for your neurons: brain food

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to feel more energised and motivated? Find out how diet and nutrition can support clear thought, concentration and memory. Discover how you can reduce apathy and protect your brain cells.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  4. Introduction to Spanish olive oil

    Course Date: Tue 10 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to choose the perfect olive oil for creating delicious and healthy Mediterranean meals. Taste a variety of extra virgin olive oils with the Spanish Olive Oil School and find out many interesting facts and information about the olive tree and the evolution of olive oil around the world.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Introduction to tea

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip a toe into the world of tea with plenty of discussion, a spoonful of history, and interactive exercises to uncover the breadth of this drink and why we love it so.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Nutrition for healthy joints and bones

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to gain a clear understanding of the causes of osteopenia, osteoporosis and arthritic conditions? You will learn how diet, lifestyle and supplements can improve or prevent these conditions.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Wine: supermarket sweep: the insiders guide to buying well beyond big brands

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Supermarkets bombard us with wine offers – we take you behind the slogans and offers and explain how to buy well and wisely and where the real value lies. Become a savvy shopper!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Chocolate tasting

    Course Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the 'food of the gods' with its magical properties that have kept us addicted over thousands of years. Indulge yourself in sumptuous, slow and sensory chocolate tasting – just like the professional chocolate judges.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  9. Why does my beer taste like that? A short journey into why beer doesn't always taste as it should

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sometimes a beer doesn’t taste quite as it should. Find out why that might be and also taste some beers when a brewer actually wants some stranger flavours.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. Italian weekend: wine: Italy top to toe

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    No other country has such distinctive regions and wines as Italy. Our 'top to toe tour' includes well-known favourites from Tuscany and the Veneto as well as hidden gems from further south and the islands.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  11. Nutrition: an introduction

    Nutrition: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore just how much your wellbeing is related to your diet. Look at current approaches to improving your health and energy through nutrition with an experienced nutritionist.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Spanish weekend: wine: viva España

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The last 20 years have seen a revolution in the quality, variety and value of Spanish wines - we taste nine wines, including whites, rose and reds, from the regions driving this exciting change in Spain.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  13. More about tea

    Course Date: Fri 10 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this fun and interactive class, we'll explore why we love tea so much. Introducing its history, diverse culture, production and differences between teas. Learn what makes the perfect cuppa and get tasting.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Veggie and vegan vitality: a nutritional guide

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you concerned about following a healthy and balanced vegetarian/vegan diet? Gain the knowledge to devise a nutritious diet with optimum intake of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Learn more about soya and dairy alternatives.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. A picnic with wines of Chile

    Course Date: Fri 17 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Chile you can ski in the morning and hit the beach for lunch the same day. Chile’s equally diverse wines offer extraordinary value from north to south, and from the Andes to the coast .
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

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