This summer you can celebrate an iconic British spirit with the launch of Ginspiration, a festival guaranteed to get pub patrons into the seasonal swing with a number of gin-filled events. From meeting the suppliers to pairing dishes and of course drinking this beloved spirit, get set to be transported to gintopia at some of Young’s favourite drinking dens, with iconic brands including Sipsmith, Bombay Sapphire and City of London Dry gin, running now until 27th June.
Duke On The Green – 18th June
231 New King’s Road, Fulham, London SW6 4XG
T: 020 7736 2777
*Tickets cost £15, begins at 7:30pm
Inspired by the Gin Palace traditions of the 1920’s, Young’s will gin-spire with a tipple or two at the newly renovated Duke On The Green in Fulham on Thursday, 18th June. Three London-based gin producers (Sipsmith, Portobello and City of London Dry Gin with Fever-Tree accompanying) will offer samples of their popular spirits to the sweet sounds of a live jazz band, while later in the snug Rectory, guests can choose a time slot to chat to the representatives as they nibble canapés and enjoy G&Ts.
Richard the First – 24th June
52/54 Royal Hill Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT
T: 020 8692 2996
*Tickets cost £10, begins at 7:30pm
At the Richard The First pub in Greenwich, Sipsmith will take centre stage for a gin and cheese evening on Wednesday 24th June. The ‘meet the producer’ style event will bring the distillery tour experience direct to the popular and historic pub. A local cheesemonger, The Cheeseboard on nearby Royal Hill, will supply a selection of handmade cheeses to try with perfectly paired gin cocktails.
Gin Palace Speakeasy – 26th June
*Tickets cost £10 (cocktails & canapés, begins at 7pm), £3 for entrance from 9pm for band
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For one night only, guests will be transported back in time as Young’s transforms a secret venue into an underground bunker, complete with dancing and drinks, reminiscent of a era when war-time Londoners would convert disused spaces to entertain themselves during the dark nights. Arrive at 7pm and receive a complimentary cocktail, spectacularly created by the resident flair bartender and enjoy alongside perfectly paired canapés, before meeting gin suppliers. Guests will then be invited to vote for their favourite gin with the winning brand being offered at a discounted price. Roaring music will start at 9pm when the band takes to the floor to play a host of 1920s songs followed by a DJ taking guests until the early hours. Quick! There are only 80 tickets available for this memorable evening.
Queen Adelaide – 27th June
35 Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1NP
T: 020 8874 1695
*FREE event, runs from 12.30pm until 4.30pm
To close Ginspiration on a (hopefully) balmy Saturday 27th June, eight different UK gin producers will take up residence at the Queen Adelaide in Wandsworth for a day dubbed ‘Gintopia’. An exclusive gin market will be set up in the garden at the back of the pub featuring top UK gin suppliers including London Dry Gin, Beefeater, Whitley Neill, Portobello and Half Hitch, where guests can sip FREE cleverly created gin cocktails while getting to know each of the brands a little better.
A host of events will play out from April until the end of June at Young’s pubs across London. Keep an eye on www.youngs.co.uk/events for events in your area and to book tickets.