While staying in London for work, I decided to make the most of it and book some last minute tickets to the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington.
The tour begins by walking around their museum, taking you back to the famous ‘gin craze’, gin laws and through the history of Beefeater. After this, our lovely guide talked us through the botanicals used in the various Beefeater gins. Having tried a few, we then learnt about the distillation process. The distillery could be viewed through the glass ceilings. The original beefeater recipe of James Burrough remains in use, alongside some of his original equipment. The tour ends at the bar, where we enjoyed complimentary drinks.
Afterwards, I had to pick up a bottle of their London Garden Beefeater Gin, which is exclusive to the distillery. London Garden is inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden, which was frequently visited by Burrough. London Garden contains lemon, verbena and thyme, whilst still keeping hold of the Beefeater London Dry’s citric precision. Only available at the distillery and therefore a great reason to visit!
Fun Fact? Whilst Beefeater gin is distilled in London, it is bottled in Scotland to make use of the Scottish water!
What did I think? Well worth a visit and good value for money. The distillery gets the perfect balance between being left to wonder around the museum, whilst being guided through the gin process. The complimentary drinks are a lovely touch and there was no rush to leave at the end. The only downside was not being able to walk through the distillery.