This bar contains a new gin distillery, the first to open in the City of London since the time of Hogarth and his infamous illustration, ‘Gin Lane’ (1751). Gin drinking was at its peak in the 18th century, a result of low cost, and availability – there were around 1,700 distilleries in the capital at that time. The two copper stills, producing City of London Dry Gin, can be seen (behind glass) in the subterranean room, which also operates as a bar. On our visit there was no evidence of ruined mothers, but there was a huge selection of gin brands at the bar – and, by chance, a coterie of actors in 18th-century costumes. The rest of the time it’s a fairly ordinary-looking, low-ceilinged basement bar, with the gin stills the main talking point.
City of London Distillery says
The City of London Distillery’s COLD Bar (open Monday to Friday from noon-11pm and Saturday from 4pm-midnight), is a retro, speakeasy-style cocktail bar overlooking the striking copper stills of the distillery, with a faint aroma of gin vapour adding to its unique atmosphere. Contrary to the name, the COLD Bar has a warm and friendly atmosphere - with a skilled and enthusiastic bar team and seating for well over 100.
Gin, of course, features prominently - we have more than 200 different gins from all over the world to choose from, including our very own City of London Dry Gin. As well as G&Ts and a whole range of cocktails, we also serve wines and champagnes, bottled beer and soft drinks. We also have deli platters and a selection of bar snacks. Tables may be booked online at www.cityoflondondistillery.com.
As well as a great bar, we also run distillery tours (£10 Monday to Friday at noon), distillery tours and gin tastings (£25 Monday to Friday at 6pm, and 7.30pm on Saturdays) and the Gin Evolution Tour (£45, Tuesday at 7pm) which includes a deli platter.
Finally, we also have the extraordinary 'Gin Lab Experience' for everyone to enjoy. As a novice distiller you'll design and distil your very own bottle of gin with your own label (£125, at 2pm on Monday to Friday, 6.30pm on Monday and Wednesday and 4pm on Saturday).
Booking is online at www.cityoflondondistillery.com and gift vouchers may also be purchased.