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Something for the weekend: World Gin Day London 2018

Your itinerary for the four-day long gin festival

World Gin Day London is a little misleading as a title. In fact, the annual event is not just one day, but in fact a four-day festival including everything from DIY gin masterclasses, to specially created cocktail menus. So, no matter what your gin-based taste, there’ll be an event across the four days for you. Here’s our pick for each day of the festival.

Thursday

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Fords Gin and 68 & Boston

Kicking off World Gin Day in style is 68 & Boston, the intimate Soho wine and cocktail bar that’s a firm Jackal favourite. The bar has paired up with Fords Gin to create three different gin martinis, and they’ll also be giving away 300 oysters to pair with your chosen cocktail on a first come, first served basis. Race you there.

5-9pm, 5 Greek Street, London, buy tickets here

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Foxhole gin and cheese pairing workshop

Once you’ve had your fill of free oysters and martinis, the logical next step is the London Cheesemongers, for a dedicated gin and cheese pairing workshop. The shop’s paired up with Foxhole spirits, whose gin is crafted in a way that changes the flavour from batch to batch. The session will offer the chance to taste a range of Foxhole gins, each paired with the cheese that best complements the distinctive character yielded by each particular year’s distillation.

£45, 7-10pm, 251 Pavilion Road, London, buy tickets here

Friday

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The Botanist Gin at Rosewood London

Nothing says summer like a sun-baked terrace, G&T in hand. So, in honour of World Gin Day, The Botanist Gin has taken that template and teamed up with Holborn hotel Rosewood London to transform the hotel’s Edwardian courtyard into a beautiful summer greenhouse, complete with walls of foliage, terrariums and a bespoke cocktail menu inspired by the hand-sourced herbs and flowers that are distilled in the Scottish gin. For a slice of summer idyll in the centre of town, this is the place to make for.

12-10.30pm, 7-10 June, 252 High Holborn, London, buy tickets here

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Gin and pizza with Bols Geneva and Lost Pizza Boys

Gin and pizza? That’s a match made in heaven if ever there was one. Bols Geneva and Lost Pizza Boys have teamed up to offer just that. First up is a masterclass on the history of gin, and then the chance to brew and bottle your own unique blend to take home with you, all under the expert guidance of Bols Geneva. The Lost Pizza Boys will also be on hand to provide you with a cocktail, a pizza of your choice, and £6 Bols Genever cocktails all night thereafter.

£10, 7-11pm, 141 Junction Road, London, buy tickets here

Saturday

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Plymouth Gin botanical lab

Aficionados will know that crafting any gin is a fine balancing act. Now, you can try your hand at creating your own distillation with Plymouth Gin. In a series of dedicated laboratories taking place across London on Saturday for World Gin Day, the country’s oldest gin distillery is challenging participants to create a spirit as close to Plymouth Gin as possible, using the seven botanicals that the company is known to use. Even better, once you’ve created and bottled your brew, you can take it home to enjoy.

£25, various times and locations, buy tickets here

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Citadelle gin & oyster matching

The world’s most awarded gin, Citadelle, is offering the chance to get hands on with a decadent gin and oyster matching masterclass at Blixen this World Gin Day London. The Citadelle distillery borders the Charente river, home to France’s finest oysters – and they make the perfect match for the gin’s mix of distinctive botanicals. Participants will get to try three different Citadelle gins, guided by the brand’s ambassador, before enjoying a G&T and oyster pairing.

£10, 6-7pm, 65a Brushfield Street, London, buy tickets here

Sunday

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DIY gin with Bathtub Gin and Nightjar

Shoreditch cocktail stalwart Nightjar is, of course, getting in on the World Gin Day action with this exclusive event with gin experts Bathtub Gin. In a special seminar led by the Bathtub Gin brand ambassador, you’ll learn about the techniques used by the growing London brand, and have a go at making your own gin. Then, for the rest of the evening, the team at Nightjar will be serving a special one-off menu full of Bathtub Gin cocktails.

£30, 6-7.30pm,129 City Road, London, buy tickets here

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Junipalooza

This celebrated gin festival, now in its fifth year, is a true destination for gin connoisseurs. With representatives from over 60 different gin distilleries present, and over 200 different gins available to sample (yes, you can sample every single one, if you like), the festival provides the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the creators of your favourite spirits. Your ticket entitles you to sample any gin on display, to access a number of masterclasses from industry experts, and try out a cocktail bar from the team at Shoreditch favourite The Gibson. It’s the festival made for real gin aficionados, and makes for the perfect close to this World Gin Day London.

£35, 11-4pm, Tobacco Docks, Tobacco Quay, West Pennington Entrance, London, buy tickets here