The Spirited Walking Tour of London: 350 Years of History


In honour of the Worshipful Company of Distiller’s 350th Anniversary and The Master’s Anniversary Appeal, award-winning drinks historians Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown are conducting a charity Spirited Walk of London’s West End that traces the rich history of the capital’s distilling trade. From its rise in apothecary shops, and the formal granting of our Livery in 1672. Along the way the tour will take you to the significant spots where the City’s sippers enjoyed the pleasures of drinking spirits from the seventeenth century to the present day.   

This walking tour will highlight London’s distilling history, from St James to St Giles, starting at the home of Livery co-founder Sir William Brouncker as well as the location of London’s first blended whisky merchant Justerini & Brooks. The walk wends its way to one of the last surviving ‘gin palaces’ of Dickens’ Day and the birthplace of punch jellies and ice cream cocktails, to St Martin’s in the Fields, the final resting place of our Livery founder Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne.

Other spirited places will include the location of the first icehouse that contributed to the birth of “American-style” cocktails in London, and an 18th-century coffee-house that housed its own distiller’s shop.  We finish at the infamous St Giles rookery, in Hogarth’s Gin Lane.

The 1.5h walk will of course make a couple of pit stops for refreshments and conversation.

Tickets cost £35, which includes the tour guides, and three tastings along the way.

The event is open to Liverymen and guests.

Please contact the Assistant Clerk to book.

October 12th, 2022 from  5:00 PM to  8:00 PM
Royal Overseas League, Bennet-Clark Room, Over-Seas House,
Park Place at St James's St,
London, SW1A 1LR
United Kingdom
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