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Gin Journey Shoreditch

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Gin: once the scourge of the drinking classes; now their preferred, most sophisticated tipple. Join mixologist Leon Dalloway on a tour of the spirit's tumultuous history, right up to present, starting with a tasting at the City of London Distillery. Along the (chauffeur-driven) way you'll sample five different premium gins and five crafted gin cocktails, and pick up loads of gin-based knowledge. Advance booking required. See venue website for details.


Venue name: Gin Journey Shoreditch
Address: The City of London Distillery
22-24 Bride Lane
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: £50
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I brought this experience as a present for my step-dad and I to do for his birthday. I came across this and although I thought it seemed a bit pricey I read the reviews and went for it anyway. Well - it was money well spent and I would do so again!

We were welcomed into the first bar (very cool bars throughout) by a lovely lady - Kate. Kate was a truly wonderful host with a whole wealth of knowledge and witt! She kept the whole party engaged throughout and made the evening truly a 10* experience. (I wish I could give you more than 5*) 

There were prizes to be won, jokes to be heard and facts to be learnt throughout. But most importantly - COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF GIN TO DRINK! 

The perfect combination to make a wonderful evening. 

If you do anything in London - do this. It cannot be beaten!

I hope to go again soon!

Jade x

Fantastic night! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening lead by Kate who was enthusiastic, energetic and knew her stuff about gin! We visited 5 bars across east London and tried 5 different gins and had 5 different cocktails. We also learnt about the history of gin, the distilling process and the big gin brands. Highly recommend!

Great evening out! Loved all the gins we tried, as much as the fantastic/most chilled out narration of the story of gin provided by Max! Cannot recommend this enough. 

A GINcredible night out! 

Lots of fun. Max Chater was a fab group leader. He told us lots about the history of gin, how it is made, where it comes from etc and informed us all in a way that was laid back and actually interesting, not at all like being lectured to! I would definitely recommend this night out for all gin lovers. The drinks are great, the gin yummy, the bars really cool. Go!

Led by 'Cocktail Kate', one of the most energetic and passionate people I've met, your #GinJourney will take in five bars, sample five gins and five cocktails and learn an incredible amount about a drink you probably love but haven't investigated in too much detail before. 

You even get to go to a bar awarded the World's Best Bar award - not bad eh?! 

Without doubt you will leave ginspired by what you've heard and what you've drank... and know exactly what goes in to crafting this awesome spirit. 

G&T? Sure, but Kate will show you that there's so much more to gin... 

Had a great night last night with SHAKE RATTLE AND STIR doing what they do best.  Cocktail Kate was brilliant and her enthusiasm was infectious.  The actual gin that we tasted was amazing and I'm seeing this spirit in an entire different light.  I even found parts of East London that I didn't even know existed (and I've lived there over 20 years!).  Great hand-picked venues and some great educational tips and information too.  What a great night.  We didn't even have to worry about getting from A to B as that was all taken care of too.  I'd definitely do this again, but maybe not tonight (need an early night).  Well done guys.

From start to finish this evening was an absolute delight. We were a group of 4 (27-32) celebrating a birthday and what a perfect end it was to our working day. 1 of us actually lives in Shoreditch and had no idea about the bars we visited even existing - each of them carefully selected for its awards, plaudits, and history with Gin. The staff in every establishment we visited were prompt and excellent - as was our wonderful chauffeur who drove us between venues (what a delight after a day of commuting). Leon clearly lives for Gin and is passionate about educating others - we thought we knew quite a bit about it but learnt so much more from his insightful knowledge and experience. The evening was not rushed, it didn't drag, the group size was perfect, the drinks were delicious, the venues amazing, the company was excellent. What on EARTH are you waiting for? Get booking now!

This is an absolutey fantastic night out. I planned it as a surprise evening for my wife's birthday and she had the best evening possible. Leon was a joy to contact and book the Journey with. He answered all my questions brilliantly, and was able to deal with a few queries I had.

The actual evening was a triumph right from the off. Kate, our Gin host was amazing - funny, hugely knowledgeable, informative - she hosted and guided us through the history of Gin so smoothly. All the gins we tasted were delicious in their own special way, and each of cocktails were diverse and incredibly yummy.

I would recommend this to anyone - even non gin lovers - there really is something for everyone. One of our party didn't usually drink gin, but by the end of the night was considering making it their regular drink. We even had a non drinker come along who loved the evening even without the drinking!! (Not to be advised as far as I'm concerned!)

All in all, GO - you won't be disappointed!

I adore gin and I can't rave enough about Leon's gin tour. This may be one of the most interactive learning experience on gin in town - production process and history... Not to mention he ensures we get to taste a good selected samples neat and with cocktails. I recommend it to anyone who is a gin lover or want a fun night out! You will not be disappointed!!

Can't rate the Gin Journey highly enough, a night out with a difference at an extremely reasonable price! It's fun, informative and the cocktails are deliciously boozy! We will definitely be repeating the experience 😊

Fantastic evening.... covering 5 bars (including a distillery) across London. Great fun and banter along with a few shots of gin and gin-based cocktails throughout. Leon is the perfect host provided a relaxed atmosphere, wealth of alcoholic knowledge, facts, figures and most importantly fun!!!

We had an absolutely fantastic time and would recommend to anyone. The Gin Journey is great fun and very informative (next day memory lapses were aided by Leon's helpful places and cocktails summary email the next day)! Delicious cocktails and 'ginspirational' new places to see around London....will definitely book one of the other tours on offer soon!

A surprise birthday present - definitely one of the best gifts I've had. The host Leon was friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic throughout the journey. And it most certainly was a journey. Being a Londoner myself I was very impressed by the places we were taken to (in our own Gin Carriage!). I thoroughly recommend this, a great way to drink yourself around the City and learn some pretty cool stuff too. All without a hangover (well for me anyhow).

There were also a few added touches which made every guest feel special - better to go yourself to find out!

So much fun! A really well thought out and organised trip which meant we could relax and really enjoy the evening. Leon's passion and knowledge for gin kept us all engaged with his witty banter and interesting facts, who knew there was so much to learn! The gin cocktails served throughout the night from the quirky and discreet bars were delicious and unique. I shall definitely be visiting those bars again. 

If you're up for an experience like no other, then look no further...

All Thanks to Leon! 

I brought tickets for the Gin Journey for my mom's birthday...we both had a brilliant time!

We went to some brilliant bars, that we probably wouldn't have come across otherwise, drank some delicious cocktails and samples of different gins. This all thrown in with great talks on each of the gins and the history of gin and a fantastic host for the evening made for a great night out. The talks are educational yet light and entertaining and Leon has struck the right balance of information and relaxing time in each bar. The evening is great value for money and the element of not knowing which unknown treasure of a bar you will end up at next is great!

Definitely recommend!

Had a great night on the Gin Journey travelling across London in style in the Gin Bus to super-cool bars I've never heard of. Leon was a perfect host, keeping things fun and relaxed whilst teaching us so much about the world of gin. Definitely will recommend to all of my friends and would love to go on another tour again soon! 

Cannot recommend the Gin Journey enough. We took part in an afternoon Private Tour for a group of 20 of us and it was awesome. All the locations were off-beat, the cocktails were delicious and Leon keeps the whole thing running in a really slick and energetic way. Prepare to learn lots about gin and its history and have a proper laugh along the way.

Fun night, great drinks, charming host. A guided tour with a twist. Can definitely recommend it.

 Totally fabulous way to spend an evening. I learnt an enormous amount about the fascinating history of gin and enjoyed tasting it in various delicious cocktails (and on its own!) in some really brilliant secret bars that I never would have known about otherwise. The group is small enough for it to feel like an intimate evening and Leon makes everyone feel included and part of the fun adventure. Would recommend highly!

As as big fan of Gin in its various guises, the idea of a Gin Journey sounded right up my street.  A fantastic evening of Gin, People, Bars (most I never even knew existed!) and a great host in Leon Dallaway leads me to very highly recommend this as a great night out in London and brilliant value for money. 

A great chauffered evening between venues on the Gin Bus! with Quizzes (Gin prizes!) great banter and most of all GIN! 

Leon is now beginning a Rum Ramble along the same lines, which is next on our list, so if you love gin or rum, is the place to get yourself booked in.  They seem to get sold out quickly as spaces are limited, but it keeps it intimate, and you feel involved with the host all evening.  Well done Leon (see you soon on the Rum Ramble).

The 5 star rating (100%) at the time of writing is well worth it, and based on my experience I fail to see how anyone could honestly score it less.

Highly recommended! Leon was a great tour guide, knowledgeable and engaging, and we discovered five new places we'll be returning to for more gin! Really good value for money too.

The bad news first - I didn't win the Twitter competition nor any of the quiz questions!

The good news - this is an evening that goes beyond your expectations. Not only is Leon a most engaging host, bursting with enthusiasm for and knowledge of Gin, he puts together a fabulous tour.
5 completely different venues, 5 tutored Gin tastings, 5 amazing Gin cocktails and chauffered between venues by minibus. The whole evening lasts 3 and 1/2 hours, with facts, fun, quizzes, history and a lot of laughter. Really enjoyed the evening - it was well worth the money. Thank you, Leon.

A really fabulous evening out. Great value, informative and just brilliant fun. Leon's enthusiasm is contagious. A 'must do' event

Great fun, great host and would highly recommend this experiance to anyone. I would never have found out about some of the fantastic bars that we went to, and certainly would never have tried the variation of cocktails that were on offer. Fantastic night out.

This was a fantastic experience. Well organised, excellent value-for-the-price and a remarkable host. A great way to discover hidden gems of bars and meet new and nice people. I do not want to spoil the locations, drinks or surprises, but you can trust me it is definitely a great night out.

Our group was a nice mix of locals, travellers from all parts of the world and people who live in London for a limited time like myself.

Visited May 2014

I cannot recommend this enough. Great fun, great host, and a great way to discover some of London's hidden gems. 

This is an excellent and innovative way of finding more about gin and discover some hidden gems where to taste this drink in London. Leon is extremely knowledgeable and is able to keep people switched on from the first to the last minute of the journey. I will surely repeat it in the same format / new ones Leon will soon introduce.

A great way to discover fantastic bars, learn all about gin and drink some very tasty cocktails. The host is brilliant and being interesting yet not annoying. Thoroughly recommend!

Great night out with Leon who can make everybody feel at ease. Surprising gins, delicious cocktails, history and anecdotes. I learnt a lot, I drunk quite a bit as well and I'll definitely look out for Leon's other offerings. 

A must do experience in London for tourists and Londoners alike. The concept is simple: 5 different cocktail bars, 5 speciality gins (straight up), developed into 5 gin cocktails = genius or ginius! Our tour party consisted of such a great mix of people (couples, friends, solo travellers, grannies) that i'd recommend to anyone. The tastings are interspersed with the history of gin, the distilling process & ingredients of the many different types of the gorgeous spirit. You are whisked between the high end bars in a gin carriage where Leon Dalloway, hostess with the mostess, waxes lyrical about his obviously passionate hobby. There's even a prize of miniature gins if you get a quiz question right, what more can you ask from a night out? The bars visited are constantly changing so no Gin Journey will be the same! Get G-involved!

This was an absolutely brilliant night out!  My main advice is to make sure you do no driving following the tour! Leon was extremely knowledgeable and interesting but also made the evening great fun!  We tasted some really varied and interesting gin and gin cocktails in bars that you would not know were there! Really good value.... if you like gin a real must!

Fantastic night - a real variety of drinks and great bars in London that I intend to return to. The educational side was great too - Leon made it very entertaining! It was a great experience and I thoroughly recommend it. It was great value, everything ran really smoothly and Leon made time for everyone on the tour.

I booked the Gin journey as a Christmas present for my friend who is a gin drinker. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect on a random night out with lots of strangers but it was so much fun! Starting in Soho and ending in Shoreditch, lots of fun gin facts on the way round, amazingly well presented cocktails at each venue (each was individual some with labels made especially for the night) along with a shot of each local gin that you try. Leon was a very knowledgable, friendly host and made sure everyone was looked after and having a top night. Even our chauffeur was friendly! The bars that you visit are real hidden gems and you get some great London sight seeing in on the way to each. At the end you get an email detailing everywhere you have been and what you drank. I really felt it was amazing value for £50 and would highly recommend if you like gin and want a different night out in London. It makes a great gift for someone too!

This is a really great night out and exceptionally good value. We visited 5 different venues in central and east London and at each bar we were served a delicious gin cocktail, as well as a separate shot of the particular gin we were tasting. We were also given a history of the gin's origin from the charismatic Leon, as well as some fun gin trivia. Transport is provided throughout, so you really don't need to do anything on the night but turn up, taste some delicious gin cocktails and have a bloody good time. Friends in work raved about it, and now I'm raving about it - it's a London gem.

Thoroughly recommend all gin lovers and those who enjoy a night out in London to take this tour. Leon has great knowledge and enthusiasm and we all learnt a lot whilst sipping cocktails and tasting gin! Upmarket mini bus drove approximately 15 of us to each venue, food available to buy at venue 3. Go on, try something different, you won't be disappointed!

Bought a Gin Journey for my partner's Xmas present and we both loved it. Leon's really friendly and knowledgeable, and the tour itself is an absolute bargain considering all that you get for your money. Went to fantastic bars I'd never been to before, drank brilliant gins I'd never heard of and generally had a great night with an excellent group of people.

Wow, if you do nothing else this year, do go on this amazing journey of discovery of London's Gin Palaces. You will not be disappointed. Leon was a great host, knowledgeable, informative and clearly passionate about Gin. You will also meet some amazing bartenders and cocktail makers - in particular Bruce. Just book it.

Absolutely brilliant! Excellent cocktails, tastings and lots of interesting background info provided by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. It's always great when an event lives up to its billing and this one certainly did. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys gin and is up for a very enjoyable night out!

What a fantastic way to spend an evening! A gin journey involves 5 cocktails and 5 gin samplings at 5 different locations around London, with minibus transfer across the city. Leon - the host of the evening - was a very engaging speaker and talked us through the history and legends behind the gins and was the perfect guide to our gin journey. We also got to try his award-winning cocktail 'Hands Off My Daughter' and we could understand why it's been such a success - it was just fantastic. The bars were all great too - all very different, but all worth returning to. Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone.

We had an amazing night around some of London's best and hidden bars... the #GinJourney included 5 tasty gin based cocktails, at 5 different bars. We were transported around town in a funky private shuttle bus which was a great way to see the town. Leon, our host, was super friendly and knowledgable too. We even got to try his award winning cocktail. I'd recommend this tour for all cocktail lovers, including Londoners (as well as those not so familiar with London).

Charming and erudite host, exciting venues, comfortable transport and delicious cocktails. A quirky, educational and fun night out that's excellent value for money.

If your a fan or Gin and want to learn more about the history of gin then this is must do , if your a fan of fun interesting evening out and going to see some new bar across London then this is a must do and if your visiting London for the first time this a great way to see the city at night and locations not on many tourist guides. Leon is a great host with outstanding knowledge of his profession, the industry and GIN. Definitely recommend this experience, its great value for money and i would do it again myself.

Amazing night. Great drinks, great bars and a bargain. Loved learning about gin and seeing the London skyline lit up and tower bridge too. Definitely recommend! Leon is a great host and the bars we went to are all completely different and show stopping. Fabulous!

A fantastic evening out! 5 cocktails, 5 gin samples in 5 different venues. The host, Leon, is very knowledgable and his passion for gin is evident! Chauffeur driven between the venues so no long walks. Excellent value for money. Food is also available in at least one of the venues. My personal favourite cocktail was Leon's award winning Hans off my daughter! This is a must and I will certainly be doing it again in the near future.

A great tour, and of places that I didn't know existed. Learnt loads from Leon which I can now pass of as my own! And the gin cocktails were the best I've ever had.

Probably one of the best nights out in London for a long time! Full of surprises, GREAT value for money. Leon is very knowledgeable and entertaining. The drinks are delicious, the bars are amazing. If you like Gin it's a must, if you don't like Gin, even more a must!

Awesome trip with Leon and great value for money. The cocktails are tooooooooo good at some amazing bars which I wouldn't normally go to or even be able to find! And unbelievably.....#nohangover

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