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 Build 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. The wines of Rioja

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  2. Chocolate tasting

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018 (and 2 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

  3. Veggie and vegan vitality: a nutritional guide

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to develop a healthy and balanced vegetarian or vegan diet? Discover how to devise a nutritious diet, with optimum intake of proteins, vitamins and minerals, including soya and dairy alternatives.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  4. Eating for a happy mind

    Course Date: Mon 26 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eating for a happy mind: how food can influence your mood and energy levels, which foods will enhance brain function, energy levels and positive thought and which will do the opposite!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Citylit Wine Club: Off piste wines for Christmas

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover lesser known wines best suitable for the festive season.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  6. Life beyond Riesling

    Course Date: Mon 3 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you know that Germany is the world’s 3rd biggest producer of Pinot Noir? And that it makes cracking Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc as well as sensationally good dry Rieslings? There’s lots to enjoy!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. The wines of the Veneto: a little piece of heaven

    Course Date: Wed 5 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There's a lot more to the north east of Italy than Prosecco !This region is home to some stunning whites and exquisite reds. Learn how to tell Ripasso from Amarone and Valpolicella -and just how good Soave can be in the hands of the right producer.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  8. Nutrition: an introduction

    Nutrition: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 9 Dec 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to explore the powerful relationship between diet and wellbeing? On this workshop, you'll discover the impact of food on your health and happiness, and how to improve them through nutrition.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  9. Buying wine for Christmas: choosing what to drink and what to give with confidence

    Course Date: Wed 12 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is your guide to choosing the perfect wine for the right moment, dish or person- covering the classic wine styles that work for the festive season . What to buy and where to find it –it’s all here.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  10. Christmas beer tasting

    Course Date: Fri 14 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The richness of beer provides a great alternative to hot chocolate for keeping out the cold. This training course will cover a whole range of beers suitable for Christmas and they are not all dark!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Introduction to Spanish olive oil

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  12. Coffee Cupping and Tasting

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the broad flavours that specialty coffee has to offer. Explore the origins of coffee and learn the art of cupping and tasting. Be prepared for a highly caffeinated course.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Build wine club: an introduction to Portuguese wines

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Portugal boasts an amazing number of grape varieties- and it offers a fantastic range of superb quality wines at affordable prices. Our tasting will guide you behind the mystifying labels and into lovely and surprisingly different wines from Vinho Verde, the Douro and Dao in the north down to Lisbon and Alentejo.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Introduction to tea

    Course Date: Tue 29 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this fun interactive class, 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 hands-on tasting.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Introduction to beer: how the ingredients in beer impact on flavour

    Course Date: Fri 1 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and find how beer is brewed, how different ingredients create different beers. Use this knowledge to understand why you prefer one beer to another to help you choose from the plethora of beers available.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  16. Wine: a Mediterranian cruise

    Course Date: Fri 8 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mediterranean Magic Explore the wines made around the shores of the Mediterranean and its islands. Our tour will take in wines from places as diverse as the Languedoc, Sicily, Corsica, Santorini and Crete and cover a range of wine styles including dry whites and reds and sweet wines.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  17. Coffee workshop

    Coffee workshop

    Course Date: Tue 12 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you crazy about coffee? Learn how to make some of your favourite coffees as well as finding out more about the beans that produce them and where they come from. Taste the coffees you make with your fellow amateur coffee connoisseurs.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  18. Nutrition made simple: for deaf, deafened and hearing people

    Course Date: Thu 14 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An inclusive and easy to follow course giving an introduction to basics of good nutrition and healthy eating.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  19. Build wine club: a South American road trip

    Course Date: Fri 22 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our South American Road trip will take you across wine regions in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay ,tasting some familiar names and several new and exciting wines . South American wines have always been great value –now they have really come of age.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  20. How to lose weight and stay lighter: using diet, exercise and supplements

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Struggling to find the right diet? Want to lose weight and not be hungry? Wondering about supplements? Learn how to devise a healthy diet and exercise routine which promotes weight loss and fits in with your lifestyle.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £40.00

  21. Build's guide to sherry: with tapas

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sherry is finally trendy after a long time of neglect . Our guide to the world’smost versatile fortified wine will introduce you to the full range of Sherry styles from bone dry to lusciously sweet –paired with tapas. Discover why this Andalucian treasure is so exciting.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  22. Build wine club: the wines of Tuscany

    Course Date: Fri 22 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tuscany is one of Italy’s most enchanting regions and home to some justifiably famous wines. We will taste 5 red wines chosen to illustrate the diversity of its most important grape – Sangiovese and a white from San Gimignano.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  23. IPA beers: the history and international variations

    Course Date: Wed 27 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What exactly is an IPA and where did the name come from? This session will explain all and enable you to try a few different varieties.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  24. Rhone rangers: your guide to wines of the Rhone

    Course Date: Fri 5 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Rhone Valley is one of France’s largest and most important wine regions. Rhone wines come in white, red , rose and even sweet and sparkling styles. Our course will guide you through the region’s different grapes and styles through tasting 9 wines. It’s a beautiful region with stunning and great value wines .

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  25. History of beer

    Course Date: Fri 10 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beer has been around for thousands of years. Over that time, beer styles have changed and evolved driven. This is an opportunity to find out what factors caused this and to taste for yourself some of the changes in a selection of beers.

    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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