Best London Gin Distillery Tours

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Best gin distillery tours in London

Sipsmith, Chiswick

Sipsmith were the wonderful people to bring gin BACK to London. In 2009 they were granted the first new licence in London for nearly 200 years. Crazy, right? These guys do it with aplomb, and are trailblazers in their own rite. Situated in Chiswick, the gin distillery tour will cover the three beautiful stills, an in-depth tutored tasting, G&T on arrival and goody bag to take home, plus a sipping bar to sample the fruits of the distillers labour. The venue is rough around the edges (barbed wire on the front gate) and that’s just how we like it!

Quality knowledge: Sipsmith’s three stills are known as Prudence, Patience and Constance. Rumour has it that Prudence was named after Gordon Brown’s tendency to instruct the British public that ‘in these times we must be prudent’. But they are only rumours…

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Tickets:
sipsmith.com
Virgin Experience Days, £50 for a tour and tasting for 2 people


Beefeater, Vauxhall

The Godfather of London gin has been housed in its Montford Place site since 1958. The company, however, has been running since 1820. They were the only distillery that made their own gin not to leave London during the 1900s. The eponymous brand opened their first visitor centre in the summer of 2014. Their museum of gin will make the gin lover purr. Beefeater Gin Distillery Tours start at £25 for a 1.5 hour tour, with VIP experiences also available for the real gin fanatic.

Tickets:
beefeaterdistillery.com


East London Liquor Company, Mile End

Dusted with a touch of East London style, East London Liquor Co arrived on the London gin distillery scene in 2015 with a swagger. The venue boasts outdoor seating, the most beautiful still room I’ve ever seen and bang on drinks; plus they produce five gins, vodka a bespoke rum and whisky.

Leon’s top tip: order the Batch 2 Dry Gin Martini with a sage leaf garnish and a bowl of smoked almonds. Heaven!

Tickets:
eastlondonliquorcompany.com


Jensen’s, Bermondsey

Devour your way through Maltby Street Market on a Saturday and at the end of the road there’s a pot of gold – Jensen’s. It’s habitat is a railway arch; dive in and you’ll gaze across gorgeous still towering from behind the glass. There’s also a lovely little bar, ready to sort you out with a blinding G&T. Book a Jensen’s gin experience to go on an after-hours tour of the distillery: you’ll learn the history of the brand, have a G&T on arrival, a tutored tasting and a tour of the historic London distillery and Still Room.

Tickets:
bermondseygin.com
Virgin Experience Days, £61 for 2


City of London Distillery

Situated in the heart of the city, COLD (as it’s also known) is a hidden gem, and the home of Whitley Neill gin. A stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of St Paul’s you find yourself wandering down the Dickensian-style Bride Lane – take a left down a mysterious set of stairs, and you’ll be greeted by a stunning distillery and a beautiful bar serving sumptuous liquids for you to get your tipple on at. A great central London option for a distillery tour.

cityoflondondistillery.com


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