In Georgian London the Gin Craze took hold. Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two with fresh straw to fall on. We explore the old rookeries immortalised in William Hogarth’s Gin Lane – St Giles-in-the-Fields and Seven Dials making our way on foot to posh St Martin-in-the-Fields. Plus a tour of London’s oldest gin distillery.
Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am to buy morning refreshments. We begin day with a visit St Giles, which recorded the first victims of the Great Plague and as we walk across the old fields (please don’t look for grass) we tell the story of London in four drinks: beer, tea, coffee and gin. We discover Tin Pan Alley, the once notorious Seven Dials and slip into a secret alley still lit by gas lamps.
Free time to buy lunch at Trafalgar Square today with time to visit the National Portrait Gallery to see some characters from our tour.
In the afternoon we tour London’s oldest surviving gin distillery where the iconic Beefeater London Dry Gin is hand crafted to a recipe unchanged since the 1800s. You’ll visit the heart of the distillery to experience a sensory understanding of the ingredients and yes, you do get to drink the finished product!
The tour ends with a complimentary Beefeater Gin & Tonic. Non drinkers can have a soft drink alternative and get a gin miniature to take home for a friend.
You’ll be heading home from Kennington, ever so slightly squiffy, at 4.45pm.