The Beefeater Gin Distillery, which opened to visitors in 2014, offers the chance to discover the secrets of London’s best-selling gin and get a behind-the-scenes peek at the historic distillery, which dates back to 1862.
A Beefeater Gin Distillery tour takes about an hour and includes a guided tour, a self-guided visit to the exhibition areas, and a chance to sample the award-winning Beefeater Gin. Tours are free for London Pass holders and VIP tours, which includes a gin tasting led by an expert, are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The legal age for drinking or purchasing alcohol in the UK is 18—you may be asked for ID. Soft drinks are offered to underage visitors.
- Interactive iPads, which are preloaded with guides and info, are available to rent at the ticket office.
- The distillery is fully wheelchair accessible, complete with lift access and accessible restrooms.
- Advance bookings are recommended.
How to Get There
The Beefeater Gin Distillery is located in Kennington, South London. The nearest tube stations are Oval on the Northern Line and Vauxhall on the Victoria Line.
When to Get There
The distillery is open Monday to Saturday; tours typically run every 30 minutes. The busiest time is in July and August when afternoon tours can sell out; during slower times of year, there may be fewer daily tours.
A Tour of Beefeater Gin Distillery
Tours of the Beefeater Gin Distillery are split into two parts—a self-guided tour of the interactive Beefeater Gin Distillery Visitor Centre, followed by a guided tour of the facility. During the first half, journey back to 18th-century London and discover the gin craze that swept the city; you can walk down a replica of William Hogarth's famous Gin Lane, explore a Victorian-era Covent Garden (that produced the herbs, fruits, and flowers that flavored the gin), and visit Burrough's American Bar. On the guided tour, meanwhile, you’ll see the original copper stills, learn about the art of gin-making, and enjoy a complimentary gin-and-tonic at the distillery’s bar.