Tour Locations | Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History
City of London Distillery
You're now approaching the first gin distillery in the City of London for over 200 years. Look out for the green doorway on the right. Back in the day, Dutch sailors were often noted for the fighting spirit gained after supping this juniper-flavoured drink. Hence the phrase "Dutch courage", often still used to this day.
Pause a moment at the distillery doorway, perhaps pop in for a shot of Mother's Ruin, or simply enjoy the reproduction of Hogarth's infamous "Gin Lane" and the Old Tom cat guarding the entrance. When you're done at the distillery, or if you prefer to keep moving, let's head straight up the steps opposite the distillery passing The Old Bell Tavern on St.Bride's Avenue. If the audio doesn't trigger in this next section due to the narrow alleyways then don't forget you can check the map on your phone and select the audio track manually.