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“Interesting, informative and a delicious G&T”

Beefeater Gin Distillery
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Owner description: One of London's best kept secrets has opened its doors to visitors. Beefeater London: The Home of Gin, the capital's first dedicated gin distillery visitor centre, lifts the lid on the extraordinary stories and events behind one of the world's favourite spirits. Beefeater Gin, is the only historic dry gin still distilled in the capital city and, as such, is uniquely qualified to tell the remarkable story of the history and production of gin in London. The interactive self-guided tour takes visitors on an enthralling journey through the history of gin in London. Discover how international politics, exotic imports from the British Empire, an era of Victorian entrepreneurs and some savvy American barmen made gin the world's favourite cocktail spirit. Learn how James Burrough created the award-winning Beefeater Gin, cementing it as a true icon of London. The tour continues with a guided walk through the live production process in the distillery's cathedral-like still house and allows fans of the spirit to get up close and personal with the fragrant botanicals used in the creation of the gin. The experience culminates with a complimentary drink - the classic Beefeater Gin and Tonic. All under 18's must be accompanied by an adult, Proof of ID may be required on entrance to the tour, Under 18s will be offered a complimentary soft drink. Online booking is recommended however walk-ins are welcome subject to availability.
Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

Visited here today and learned lots of new and interesting facts. Our guide was informative when she joined us part way through the experience. Great to smell all the botanical. Would live to have got closer to the actual distilling as you do at other distillery visitor centres but on the whole this is a good little tour. Perhaps slightly overpriced as recently visited Oban and that was nearly half the price. But guess this is London!! Gin and tonic at the end of the tour was very pleasant.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Had been trying to visit here for ages, with a group, having known about it for years. Used to work nearby. Glad I had patience, as it is now re-opened, and obviously more equipped for visitors than it would have been previously. On arrival I was surprised, thought there would be hustle and bustle from machinery, lorries and employees, but instead there was an aura of tranquility. Good to see the old building - dated 1820 - alongside all the modernity. On entering, you are in the shop/reception area, so plenty to look at if early, and there are also seats. The first part of the tour is a self-guided museum, and that is very well laid-out, informative, and with some good effects - you can open little doors and be amused/informed by what is behind. On the next level there are videos being screened and plenty of other things to look at, before you are officially greeted by the guide - ours was Andrew - and taken to the inner sanctum to learn all about this proclaimed London gin. Andrew knew his stuff (answered all the questions!), was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and humorous with it, and we saw at first hand all the ingredients, in raw form, that go into Beefeater gin. He then explained that all the 'noisy' work is done elsewhere (bottling etc.) and these premises are used solely for distilling the gin, and of course entertaining the likes of us. After learning much more about this gin than I thought I would, we then finished the tour with a glass of it each - a perfect ending to an excellent interlude. Would definitely recommend to others.

2  Thank Yvonne D
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We really enjoyed our tour at the distillery.

It starts with a walk through a 'gin history experience' I'll call it - a bit gimmicky but interactive and informative on the origins of gin drinking and its significance. Once you're through the history section you hit an area with videos on Beefeater itself. At the end of this hallway is a countdown clock until the next tour of the gin making process. A word of advice - check this clock early on and plan to make a certain tour time at the end of your walk through the museum. Unfortunately we hit this area just as 30 minutes were up on the clock and we had to kill 30 minutes re-watching the corporate videos! The tour time that you book online doesn't seem to matter. (We had no experience of rushing at all - we felt very well taken care of.)

During the guided tour segment, we learned about what London gin actually is, how it's made and the botanicals that are used. You don't get to actually enter the room with the copper drums but you can see them and the creation process is explained. This was thorough and really well done.

All in all, if you're a gin lover I would recommend a visit. The staff were excellent, both our guide and the bartender. I learned a lot about gin making (and gin drinking!) and certainly will buy Beefeater Gin again!

1  Thank Claudia R
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Did this tour yesterday. It's really interesting, but they have a fair few teething problems to sort out, and they don't allow nearly enough time for the tour.

Our guide Andrew was great: so knowledgeable and obviously enthused about the subject, but he kept getting calls on his pager/walkie talkie instructing him to hurry up! The last one was telling him to tell us we had to leave the bar area to allow for the next group - when hardly anyone had finished their G&Ts! This was in no way his fault, and he had so much interesting information still to tell us, but he wasn't being allowed to by the overly-strict supervisors and insufficient time slots. We are extremely glad that we didn't pay the extra £3 for the iPads, as there was not enough time as it was to fully absorb the information on the boards and interactive screens before the guided part of the tour started.

Hopefully these are just teething problems and maybe they will review the first few weeks of operation and decide to allow more time for the tour. They should either have longer opening hours or run fewer tours each day. It’s also silly not employing someone else to prepare the drinks at the end rather than it being an additional job for the tour guide.

Otherwise, this is an excellent addition to London's tourism.

1  Thank jrb-4
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Found the distillery tour via an email blog. Took the plunge & we'll worth it.
Has only been open for 3 days. Now owned by Pernod, they have transformed the distillery into a living working environment. The tour is great, the guides are very informative & learning about what goes into making a great gin is fun.
Beefeater & tonic at the end is the icing on the cake.
It would be good if you could taste the other gins made there. In particular the Burroughs Reserve which is an after dinner drink (we are told) but at £79 a bottle is a massive gamble, if you find it's not for you.
We did of course spend in the obligatory shop, by buying London Garden Gin, which you can only get at the distillery.
We'll worth a visit though & just a stones throw from The Oval cricket ground. Have a G & T before the cricket is a must!,
Thanks Beefeater.
But do some special tasting tours. You'll kill it.

2  Thank Pete S
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