New Bar Spy - The City of London Distillery

Distilleries' Classy Comeback

The City of London Distillery


Now Open

What they say:

There was much more than just bonfire night to remember on the 5th November this year, as the City of London Distillery (or COLD for short) became one of the first distilleries to open in the city for more than 200 years. The site just off Fleet Street combines a working distillery, bar and visiting attraction, introducing an extremely rare venue concept to London.

Master Distiller Jamie Baxter commissioned the two beautiful copper stills and will work to craft vodka (COLD Vodka) and gin (City of London Dry Gin) that will be available to sample and to purchase and take home from the site. A menu of customisable gin flights and recommended serves will utilise the extensive gin collection available, with a range of tonics and garnishes to complement the various gins to suit all tastes.

Members of the public are given a rare opportunity to see stills up close, watch a distillery in action, and visualise the process of making a gin from start to finish. The Gin Experience Masterclass is also available during the week that will include a guided tour of the venue and a tutored gin tasting. 

What we say:

With the recent flux in Brewery-Bar sites in London, a distillery-bar seems like the natural progression. And as of the 5th of November this year, London was given just this. As a matter of fact, in the shape of The City of London Distillery, London was given the first working distillery in the city for more than 200 years. The City of London Distillery Bar (COLD Bar), which is connected to the distillery, allows the guests to try and buy all of the vodka and gin made at the site. In fact you can see the two spirit making stills from the bar. If this is not enough of a front-row experience, the distillery also offers tours of the site that gives the guest a chance to see the entire gin-making process. The vast selection of Gins, Tonics and Garnishes, make this place hot property for any fan of the good old G&T.