The Beefeater Gin Distillery, Kennington, London

While staying in London for work, I decided to make the most of it and managed to book some last minute tickets to the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington. The distillery could be viewed through the glass ceilings and some of the original equipment that James Burrough used and his original beefeater recipe remains in use. The distillery also has a museum and most importantly… a bar. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and it was also nice to be left on our own to explore. The complimentary drinks at the bar were an added bonus!

While staying in London for work, I decided to make the most of it and managed to book some last minute tickets to the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington.

The tour begins with a wonder around their museum, which explains the famous ‘gin craze’ and gin laws. It also takes you through the history of Beefeater. After this, our amazing enthusiastic guide talked us through the botanticals 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 and some of James Burrough’s original equipment and his original beefeater recipe remains in use. The tour ends at the bar, where we enjoyed complimentary drinks.

At the end, 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 good reason alone to visit!

Fun Fact? Whilst Beefeater gin is distilled in London, it is bottled in Scotland using Scottish water!

What did I think? Well worth a visit! 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.

London Garden

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