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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Learn all about gin, the sophisticated juniper-flavored liquor, on a 2.5-hour walking tour of London! Led by a charismatic guide – a specialist in alcohol history – the tour includes visits to a Victorian gin palace and the first new distillery to be opened in London since the so-called ‘gin craze’ of the 18th century. Learn about the drinks resurgence in popularity while savoring two glasses of the much-loved London beverage.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour gin tour of London including two glasses of gin
  • Hear the origins of the much-loved London liquor from a guide – a specialist in alcohol history
  • Visit a Victorian gin palace in the city of London
  • Explore one of London's newest gin distilleries on a tour led by the master distiller
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

See old parts of London and enjoy tasting the different types of Gin!

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Gin Tour of London

Learn about gin's history in London!

Meet your guide near St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London, and then take a stroll to an authentic gin palace (a lavish Victorian pub) built over the dark and cramped cells of an old prison. As you walk your guide will entertain you with fun facts and trivia about the botanical liquor that traces its origins to London in the 18th century.

Originally created as a medicine, gin credits its early popularity to the taxes that King William of Orange levied on French brandy; it was an act that encouraged 17th century drinkers to turn to the juniper-based liquor as their drink of choice instead. Now enjoying a renaissance in the capital’s pubs, gin is back in demand and there has never been a better time to learn about it.

Stop for a drink inside the gin palace, swapping feedback with your gin expert, and then walk further into the City of London to a new gin distillery – said to be the first of its kind in London in over 200 years. Follow the master distiller on a tour of the building, learning how gin is made before sampling a glass of its wares. Hear of the ‘Gin Craze’ when the drink’s popularity reached its peak, and there were more than 1,700 distilleries in a city of less than 1 million people.

Enjoy a leisurely paced stroll, retracing your steps back from the distillery while discussing the merits of different gin brands like Bombay Sapphire, Sacred and Sipsmith. Your tour then finishes at a location near the start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was an AWESOME tour and a great way to see parts of London not on any map/guidebook. Jane, our guide took us to an actual gin distillery in a London basement. We were able to learn lots of stories about the gin industry and taste several as well. The tour also included walks down several small alleys and lanes with all kinds of fun facts about what we were seeing. We ended up in an historic pub which had a debtors prison in the cellar. We were allowed to go down and check out the cells. Great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Thank you so very much for the great tour and amazing time! Jane was lovely and my boyfriend Jack and I both enjoyed ourselves and Jane's company very much indeed. We hope to see Jane again in the near future for more interesting and fascinating times! She was confident approachable and knowledgable

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