There are few things more British than an invigorating Gin & Tonic.
The refreshing spirit has seen a big revival with new craft distilleries popping up all over the country. You may be familiar with some of the more famous British gin distilleries (Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks, and Beefeater), but be sure to check out the smaller and funkier-named makers like Daffys from Scotland (named after the so-called Goddess of gin) or Da Mhile Seaweed gin from Wales (yes, that is its ingredient!). All gin is made with juniper berries, but each brand’s unique taste comes from the hundreds of other ingredients that can be added to a distillery’s (often secret!) recipe.
One of London’s best-kept secrets is the tour of the famous Beefeater Gin distillery in the Kennington neighborhood. Gin has been handcrafted here since the 1800s and you can soak up the history and learn about the special processes developed there. Better yet, the tour is included in VisitBritain’s London Pass.
If a single distillery tour doesn’t satisfy, then the most intrepid of gin enthusiasts can follow the new London Gin Trail. This path takes visitors to 11 locations where gin is revered. Visitors who follow the trail will learn more about the art of gin making and get to sample some of the highest quality spirits on the market today – each one with its own distinctive taste. From Sipsmith in West London, the first copper still in London, to 300 different types of gin at Graphic Bar, the tour winds its way through London’s craft distillers, trendy cocktail bars and iconic hotel bars. Hop on the trail and enjoy.