Let the Good Times Be Gin

Geffrye Museum


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Friday 19 May 2017
18:00 - 23:00
Tickets from £5
Food & Drink, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Live Music
Over 18

LATE NIGHT FUN at THE GEFFRYE MUSEUM!

Background Bars in association with The Geffrye Museum present a Late Night Opening as part of Museums at Night

Discover the best of London's GIN with a night of craftily distilled fun: Cocktails, drinking songs, lessons on how to grow your own cocktails, copious amounts of rowdiness and sampling from some of London's finest, quirkiest and newest distilleries. 

LINE-UP

BACKGROUND BARS

East London's bar maestros bring all their gin distilling friends to the museum to provide you with a night of gintastic tastes, samples, workshops and more.

THE MEAD MEN

An inventive and entertaining ensemble, The Mead Men Shanty Band comprises a veritable army of classically trained performers, bringing the tradition of shanty singing of beaches and barges into venues around the UK. The Mead Men's Shanties have all the wild élan of sailors on shore leave, and their repertoire runs the gamut of this salty corner of folk, from the bombastic to the elegiac. The songs are rooted in the solidarity between working people, and the crowd becomes one with the crew: singing, dancing and drinking under the gleaming eye of the shantyman Alex "Ironbeard" Masters. Interspersed between the boisterous bragging of drunken sailors and the quiet moments of lost love, The Mead Men will often hurl you into a reel, jig or audience participatory drinking song that helps cement these performers as not only traditional artists but as young raucous showmen.


THE GIN WHORE

Historical tales of hooch and harlots, let the Gin Whore fill you in with tales of famous hookers and their links to the juniper flavoured spirit. Explore the production of gin, from historical styles to modern techniques, jenever to gin. Plus tips on becoming a modern Gin Whore - from where to drink, to the trouble you'll have dating and how to become a professional 'Old Tom'...


EAST LONDON LIQUOR COMPANY

Distilling since 2014, East London Liquor Company is located in an old glue factory in Bow Wharf where they produce a number of Londons best gins. Tonight, their head honchos will share their knowledge to show you how gin is made and tell some of the shocking stories of gin's dark past. With a mini copper still to demonstrate they will give you all the information you need to start distilling your very own spirits. Although we would not suggest that you try this at home as that would be illegal! You have been warned:

Botanicals & Beyond: What is Gin?

Explore London’s spirit through a discussion and tasting with East London Liquor Company’s head distiller, Tom Hills. Tom will explain the distillation process, focussing on how gin flavours are extracted from botanicals and how alcohol levels affect the flavour of the final spirit.


GIN RIOTS WORKSHOP

What do we want? GIN! When do we want it? NOW! 

Drop in to our gin riot workshop and shout about something that gets your goat. Make a mini protest placard and take it to the streets to show the world what you care about! It doesn't have to be gin. But it probably will be. Mmmmm... gin....


GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL

The museums own gardeners join forces with travelling bar nomads and gin gurus, Gimlet Bar to teach you a lesson or two about gin. Our gardeners will fill you in on how, when and where to grow your own herbs and Gimlet Bar will show you what you can do with them. Botanicals are more than garnishes, check out their cordials, wines, shrubs and mixers all made with home grown ingredients. After all that intellectual stuff you will no doubt need a drink, so take a load off on a deckchair, grab a cocktail from Gimlet Bar and wallow in the joys of spring in our flourishing period gardens. 


BLACKDOWN DISTILLERY

Join the multi-award-winning Master Distiller Sarah Thompson from Blackdown Distillery in Sussex and be one of the first to sample her brand spanking new ethical British gin! One gin uses its profits to provide clean drinking water in developing countries, their water brand has already raised over £15million. We are very proud to be able to offer the first public outing of One gin so drop in, learn about their work and while you are there, see Peter Spanton Drinks to find out how to make a G&T that’ll blow your tiny mind. BOOM!


SECOND SITTERS: EVOLUTION TO REVOLUTION

An extra chance to see this special exhibition! Coinciding with London Craft Week and supported by Arts Council England, the exhibition contains work from UK based upholsterers who are redefining the traditional preconceived role of the upholsterer by combining traditional craft skills with contemporary thinking. Taking the form of a physical timeline, the exhibition maps the changes and developments within the discipline to include techniques, materials and stories. Works will be multi-disciplinary, from furniture, to photography, to film, tackling activism, social commentary, materiality and the throw-away culture.

Featured upholsterers will be Jude Dennis, Polly Granville, Miss Pokeno, Mick Sheridan, Rachael South, Hannah Stanton and Electra Read-Dagg, several of whom will be there on the night demonstrating their work and chatting to gin soaked peeps (i.e. you)


THE BOTTLE SHOP

All the shiny new gins you sample on the night will be available behind the bars for immediate consumption and also available in our shop for one night only! Hot new brands like One Gin and Blackdown will be alongside favourites East London Liquor as well as new tonic packs from Peter Spanton. Ooooh exclusive!!


FOOD

Soak up those gin based bevvies with some carbs and then get back to the bar for another. 

The fantastic Gyoza Guys will be on hand to serve up some deliciously authentic dumplings and noodles.

We are also pleased to welcome back The Cheese Truck, dedicated to celebrating the best of British cheese and an ideal compliment to drink or two. As is...

Sloshed Sorbets! Handmade sorbets using all natural ingredients and a generous glug of East London Liquor Co premium gin.  Noms.

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Location

Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA



Nearest station:
Hoxton (Rail)

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Organiser

Geffrye Museum

A collaboration between the Geffrye Museum and Background bars

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/

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Great evening with lots to do and fun atmosphere. If the weather had been better it would have been nice to do more in the garden. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
23 May 2017 by
5

great event and lovely arrangement visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
22 May 2017 by
5

Fab night out-fun, boozy and educational! Although they lose a star for poorly organised food selection. There were only two vendors, one of whom sold out of food well before the end of the event! Moushumi visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
22 May 2017 by
4

I booked tickets for this event primarily because it was a good excuse to visit the Geffrye Museum again and to see their lovely garden, which could only be made all the better by sipping gin! I really wanted to try gin from the two featured producers - East London Liquor Co. and Blackdown - so I was surprised and disappointed to find the Blackdown bar had run out of gin halfway through the evening, and that the East London gin wasn't on sale anywhere to drink or sample (you could buy a bottle to take home). In fact the only gin I managed to consume on the premises was a Gin Sorbet (delicious) - though I had a couple of cocktails made with other spirits and herbs, in the garden. The queue at the upstairs bar (selling more 'standard' gins) was a bit long for me, but thankfully waiting times were fine for the streetfood trucks outside, and the Cheese Truck and Gyoza Guys were good choices. Despite the lack of gin consumption, I still had a great evening as the event spaces in and around the museum weren't too busy, perfect for milling around, and there was plenty to see with raucous entertainment provided by the Mead Men live band, tasting of some botanical infusions, and a tour of the herb garden by one of the gardeners. I would certainly be keen to go to any future 'Lates' events at this museum - gin or no gin! Tania visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
22 May 2017 by
4

We were told on entry that no cash would be needed, and then cash was required at some stalls and not accepted at all at others. We also failed to see several of the advertised events. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
22 May 2017 by
3

Excellent evening. Fab music, great atmosphere. Delicious gin. Entertaining and educational. Lovely gardens visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
5

Great fun! Great location. Great atmosphere. Loved gin, music, gardens and bars! visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
5

The event was a lot of fun, lots of interesting gin and gin based cocktails, the music was good and the Geffrye museum an interesting, unusual and fantastically good venue. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
5

Really loved the gin riot workshop, wandering around some of the galleries and the band were great fun and immersive with the crowd. Points to improve - for every drink throughout the night we were faced with really long queues - maybe the free drinks downstairs provided by the tonic guys could be presented as a welcome drink upon arrival? Disappointed with the food choices, weird combinations for a gin festival. kirsten visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
4

The night was fun, but queues were very long & unfortunately the cheese truck only took cash payments (which we found out after queueing for a while - probably our own fault though). I personally enjoyed the Gin Whore stories best. The music was good too, but so loud that we were both uncomfortable and decided to take another stroll of the grounds to give our ears some rest. There is room for improvement, but in all in all it was a fun evening out - something a little different from the usual, which is always encouraged. Meike visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
4

Great evening! Ended to soon. James visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
4

Amazing way to see the museum and taste gin! We have enjoyed the night filled with fab music, it's was a good tasting bar, also happy with other bars and their prices were good to enjoy different coctails. Looking forward to the next night. It was really good that tickets were available at the door, so I could bring extra friends too! Jurgita visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
5

It was a really great night, held in beautiful surroundings. Unfortunate that the food was sold out so early, perhaps a third vendor would have helped take the pressure off the others. The gin flowed all evening and the band were excellent, only the lack of food reduced the score. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
4

Good mix of activities which were interesting. But far too many people for the space and amenities. It took 20 mins to get a drink which isn't great visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
4

3 stars as gin menu short and bars queues long. That said, great singalong entertainment from The MEAD MEN! visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
3

The activities were great, would have been good to have more. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
3

Brilliant! Beautiful setting, fabulous gin cocktails and sorbets, foot-stomping music, and great buzzy atmosphere Rose visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
5

Great night -lots of variety, interesting talks and in a beautiful setting. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
4

Beautiful gallery, great event .We had so much fun! visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
5

the gin was awfully expensive and there weren't that many gins in evidence to try... just 4 at the gin and tonic bar... so it wasn't the showcase of craft london gin that I imagined it might be. There were too many people really so there were queues for everything and I was amazed that the exhibition on upholstery (which was very good) was still open given all the increasingly raucous revellers. visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017

Reply from Let the Good Times Be Gin

Hi John, Sorry you didn't have a 5* night! We did have numerous other gins available for free, the Gin Whore in the Chapel was giving out samples of an Old Tom gin, there was One Gin with Peter Spanton tonics giving away their'perfect G&T' downstairs in Art Room 2, and if you went to the East London Liquor Company workshop they had three different gins to sample. Did our Front of House team give you a programme when you arrived? All the details were in there so it would be a great shame if my team didn't provide you with this to maximise your gin activities on the night :(
21 May 2017 by
2

I followed everyone else into the garden when I arrived - I had no idea there were a tivites and events inside as well. So perhaps a brief. It if information on arrival as to what's happening where or for FOH staff to point you in either direction. Otherwise fabulous event! visited Geffrye Museum on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by
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