HERITAGE

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The City of London has a rich gin history. During the Gin Craze in the 18th century there was a gin distillery or gin shop in every street in the City benefiting from the spices and citrus fruits coming in to the port of London. The Gin Craze was ended, very few gin distilleries survived, and for nearly 200 years there wasn’t a single gin distillery in the City. That is until the City of London Distillery opened in 2012.

OUR HISTORY

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Over these 200 years gin distilling techniques improved, and gin became more refined with more subtle flavours.  Gin was big business and London Dry Gin became the most popular type of gin. Then came the next gin revolution with the advent of the small-batch micro-distilleries, like us, bringing variety, interest and experimentation; new botanicals, new combinations, new gins.

OUR STORY

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The City of London Distillery opened on 20th December 2012 inside Jonathan Clark’s cocktail bar in Bride Lane, within the City of London. Our first gin, loyal to our roots, was a classic London Dry Gin – followed soon after by our celebration of the City of London – Square Mile gin. Since then we’ve added a very popular Sloe gin to our range and there will shortly be an Old Tom gin.

BUMPER YEAR

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This year, 2017, has been a bumper year for awards. We won three Double-Gold Awards at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition – for City of London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin and Square Mile Gin and a coveted Gold Award at the International Wine & Spirits Competition for Christopher Wren Gin. Our Sloe Gin was just available in time to go into the Spirits Business Competition in which it won a Gin Masters Award – better than a gold.

Wonderful recognition of the quality of all our gins.

HALEWOOD ONBOARD

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In 2017, we entered into a joint-venture with Halewood International Ltd. and are busily working with them to extend the distribution our gins into bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels and, most importantly, retail outlets across the UK and beyond. Exciting times for COLD….