The granddaddy of London gin traces its origins back to 1829 and has been distilling on this site since 1958. Amazingly, London's oldest and most internationally renowned distillery is open all day, Monday to Saturday, to visitors. Tours last around an hour and a half and start every 30 minutes. They cost £15 (G&T included). Plus, there’s a particularly enlightening sniff-tour of the major botanicals that give gin its characteristic flavour.
London has a dozen gin distilleries, a growing number of bars specialise in the spirit, and gin festivals in the capital sell out weeks in advance. But there are even more ways to participate with the juniper-based drink and distil your knowledge in London, especially while the craft gin craze is still in full swing.
Get to grips by making your very own variant on the spirit, learn the complicated and clouded history of London’s favourite tipple and test out more of the stuff than you can shake a swizzle stick at. It’s a dreamy gift to give to any gin lover in your life, should you be stuck for inspiration this Christmas. So here's our pick of the best gin distillery tours and experiences in London, giving drinkers access all areas to mother’s ruin.