Last year, the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington held their first public tours – as part of the London Open House Weekend – and it was a fascinating place to have a look around.

I have just had a note from the Design Museum that they are running a whole series of free tours over the next few months, which you are advised to book asap as they are bound to “sell out” fast.

There are two tours – on Thur 23rd July at 11am, and Thur 24th Sept at 2pm.

There are also a series of workshops where you can design your own gin based on the botanicals used by the distillery, under the guidance of their Master Distiller, Desmond Payne.

These are being held on Fri 7th Aug at 11am and 2pm and on 24th Sept at 2pm.

Finally, a cocktail masterclass is being held on Thur 23rd July at 11am.

OK – bit of a pain that they are not at weekends, but I guess the place closes down then and these have been slotted into the normal working day. However, they are free of charge so it would be churlish to complain about such things.

Give the Design Museum a call on 020 7940 8783 to reserve a ticket.

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