City of London Distillery

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City of London Distillery

Gin's quite the thing again these days. And though it might not return to an eighteenth century heyday that took five major acts of parliament to persuade the sodden to call time, a host of new distilleries have opened across town. This one, in the City, doubles as a bar.

If you're drinking, a few of the distillery's copper stills provide the centrepiece in a subterranean bar with more than a whiff of the speakeasy about. The dapper staff serve a range of drinks but the focus is, of course, on gin, with City of London gin featuring prominently on a list chock full of G&Ts and classic gin cocktails. Wines, beers and Champagnes are available, too.

There are experiences also on offer, such as distillery tours, tasting sessions, gin flight taster tours and a gin 'lab' experience where visitors can distill their own gin. And if you really get a taste for the stuff? There's a shop on site with bottles to take home.  

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Venue name: City of London Distillery
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Address: 22-24 Bride Lane
London
EC4Y 8DT
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Blackfriars tube/rail or City Thameslink rail or bus 4, 11, 15, 23, 26
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Tastemaker

Visited the City of London Distillery on National Gin Day - of all days! Now, first off, let me openly admit I dispise gin. I've had it twice that I thoroughly enjoyed it - a pomegrante gin with ginger beer, and a gin mixed with elderflower. Absolutely delicious!


Anyways, I took my Tia & Tio (that's Aunt and Uncle in Spanish) here whilst they were visiting because they love gin. They really enjoyed the tasting session, getting to try all of the City of London's gins. When you order a flight, they even send over the head barman who goes through the tastes and history of each gin. That was a really nice touch. 


The venue itself is really cool, dark and cavernous, and underground. The big cannisters where the gin is distilled are all viewable through glass windows, which adds a nice effect. 


I will say, it's a bit of a fancy place and I felt, at times, that the staff didn't quite like us being there because we weren't so smartly dressed. They didn't really want to sit us. But then my family bought three bottles to take home, and we were suddenly the most prized customers in all the bar! 


Oh and still not a gin lover. 

tastemaker

Tucked away in the middle of town, it's surprising there isn't more hype about this place. The staff were friendly, and the cocktails are fun and delicious.


Unfortunately there's not much else around if you're looking for a night out. However if you've only got gin on your mind, then you've found the place!

Tastemaker

One for the gin lovers, this spacious bar nestled into a corner of The City has combinations both thoughtful (gin-based Old Fashioned) and bizarre (an eggs and ham cocktail). The atmosphere is a bit forced, given the bar's lack of history, and the music and prices doesn't help. But the drinks are good.

Tastemaker

Nice little gin bar tucked away on Bride Lane. Been meaning to go here for a while, and the drinks were tasty and the staff were very friendly. However, the prices had a quite a slant to the "what am I paying for" scale. Nightjar has similar prices and has a lot more wow factor to their drinks. However, if in the city and want a quick shot of gin-- you cannot fault this place. 

Tastemaker

I discovered this distillery a couple of weeks ago when my mum was visiting for her birthday...and I honestly feel like I've discovered a hidden gem of London. We went for a gin taste and tour, which was both fascinating and delicious (we tasted 5 gins!) all for a modest £25 per person. Unfortunately we had to leave, but the staff went out of their way to help us get a cab. Definitely worth a visit for a sloe gin! Toilets were an eccentric 7/10!


I agree with the reviewer below definitely in my top three bars I've visited. I can highly recommend its atmosphere.


One of the finest bars I've visited. I went here one evening with my partner we are both gin lovers. Boy were we spoilt for choice. We sat at the bar tasting a selection of gin mixes and cocktails whilst watching and chatting to the wonderful cocktail waiter, taking in the friendly atmosphere of the most charming surroundings. We were impressed by the professional and tentative staff. We left on a high, a little tipsy ! Can't wait to return.