|Photo by Shake, Rattle & Stir|
We then moved off to the second bar of the night, a place I had heard of but not yet visited, in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral and not far from the law courts (a few barristers in sight, indeed). The City of London Distillery looks very vintage and very London, if such a thing can be said. Dark, old fashioned and with an impressing amount of gins. We of course, tasted the onsite produced City of London Dry Gin. A bit too dry for me I think but with strong juniper aroma, we then also tasted it in a classic G&T: City of London Dry Gin and Fever Tree Tonic with a slice of grapefruit. Worthy of a stop are the toilets here, loads of gin facts all over the walls.
|City of London Distillery|
Really very good. We also ordered some food, which was decent (fantastic pork cracklings) at an extra £22 for both of us, still quite reasonable. Like Leon said, 'eating is not cheating' so I didn't feel too guilty. I also still wasn't drunk by now which I thought was quite amazing.
Here the evening concluded. It was gone 11pm and we soon made our way home in a taxi, but we could have stayed longer.
You do get to do the tour with a group of strangers and like at a supper club, sometimes you end up with a great group sometimes you don't. Our group wasn't particularly sociable despite the amount of alchool we drank, and we just didn't click with one another (or maybe just me and @bmcboy didn't) so it wasn't as fun or raucous as it could have been, yet Leon was a great host.
|Leon Dalloway - photo by Shake, Rattle & Stir|
I couldn't recommend this night out more if you like the London bar scene and especially if you like gin. I now know a bit more about the 'mother's ruin' tipple that is so very London. It is great value at £50 per person. And it is true: no hangover the next day!
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