With so many distilleries popping up around the country, government officials are declaring the UK gin industry as the next whisky industry. With whisky bringing £4 billion into the UK economy annually, it’s no wonder that politicians are interested in driving gin’s growth.
A recent proposal to piggyback on the still-growing popularity of UK gin came from the DEFRA Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss, who suggested the organisation of a London distillery tour to drive tourism pounds towards these small businesses.
As gin lovers, we obviously welcome the proposal. The problem we see is that there are so many gin experiences to be had in London that it’s near impossible to hit up all the gin spots in town and still have time to see what else London has to offer!
So we’ve distilled the trip for you. Here are six London distilleries that you could feasibly visit in two days:
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DAY 1: South and West London
Morning: Beefeater Distillery
London’s oldest distillery makes the iconic, citrus-led Beefeater Gin. Based by the Kia Oval at Kennington, the distillery offers tours on the half hour from 10am to 5pm every day at a cost of £12.00
Afternoon: The London Distillery Company
The London Distillery Company which makes the highly acclaimed Dodd’s Gin arranges tours upon request and cost £15 per person. If you’re interested in popping in for a quick dram to see their whisky and gin production in the works, you can contact them here.
Evening: Sipsmith Distillery
With a Sipsmith Distillery tours, you’ll receive a warm welcome with a G&T and get introduced to its three stills, Prudence, Patience and Constance. Tours are held every weeknight at 6:30pm and cost £15 per person.
DAY 2: The City and East London
Morning: The City of London Distillery
The City of London Distillery would love to welcome you to its distillery bar and give you a tour. You can pop in on your lunch break! Tours last 45 minutes, cost £10 and start at mid-day Monday’s through Friday’s. A little G&T at lunch never hurts!
Afternoon: Bermondsey Distillery
The Bermondsey Distillery, makers of Jensen’s Gin, found a placeunder the train tracks in a converted railway arch. Visitors can request tours of the distillery through its website or just pop by on Market Days, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4 for tastings.
Evening: East London Liquor Company
The East London Liquor Company makes a range of spirits and is working on some of London’s first whisky. The distillery also has a bar that serves creative cocktails with their own spirits as well as those that the bar imports. Tours cost £35; include a visit, 4 spirit tastings, a special gift pack; and can be purchased on Virgin Experience Days.