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    Updated on Sep 1, 2020. Posted on Mar 10, 2015

    17 Boozy Tours In London You Must Do Before You Die

    Bottoms up.

    1. Camden Town Brewery

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    Camden Town Brewery

    An institution, and for good reason. If you're not going on a tour, the bar is pretty great, and normally has a good street food stand (whether it's pizza or toasties) outside.

    Tours: There are two options. A pre-booked tour is in-depth and costs £12. It includes several beer tastings, as well as a chance to try some beer from the tank. A drop-in tour is more casual, and the fee is donated to a Camden charity.

    Nearest station: Kentish Town West

    2. Five Points Brewing Co

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    Five Points

    A friendly Hackney brewery with a great range of bottled ales. (My favourite is the Hook Island Red.)

    Tours: A tour costs £12 and includes a tasting of four beers (Five Points Pale, Hook Island Red, Railway Porter, and Five Points IPA.)

    Nearest station: Hackney Central

    3. East London Liquor Company

    ELLC
    ELLC

    If you're a fan of craft spirits, this elegant distillery is for you. The ELLC produces small batch gin, and vodka, and they also import their own rum and bitters.

    Tours: There are two options. The Distillery Tour costs £35, and includes four complimentary spirit tastings (split between gin and vodka). The Gin Lover's Tour costs £55, and includes eight complimentary tastings (including one vodka).

    Nearest station: Bethnal Green or Mile End

    4. Meantime Brewery

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    Meantime offers a tremendous London lager, as well as more interesting things like a raspberry wheat beer and chocolate porter.

    Tours: Tours cost £20 per person (except on Monday–Thurs and Sundays, when it's slightly cheaper at £17.50 per person) and include a "tutored tasting" of a selection of Meantime beers.

    Nearest station: North Greenwich

    5. Fuller's Brewery

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    Dating back to 1828, Fuller's knows what it's doing. I mean, check out the brewery shop.

    Tours: It's £10 for a tasting tour, or £7 for a non-tasting tour. The tasting one includes "a tutored tasting of some of Fuller’s finest ales". Be aware that tours only run Monday–Friday.

    Nearest station: Turnham Green

    6. Sipsmith

    Sipsmith
    Sipsmith

    Into alternative gin? Come to Sipsmith, which is especially good at inventive flavours (think delicious sloe gin, or the one-off Christmas Tree gin).

    Tours: Tours cost £15 per person, and include a gin and tonic as well as a "tutored tasting of the range".

    Nearest station: Turnham Green

    7. Crate

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    Flickr: grimnorth Creative Commons

    A lovely craft brewery which backs out onto the canal. Also, it sells smashing homemade pizzas.

    Tours: A tour costs £15 per person and includes a "full beer tasting". You'll need to book in advance, FYI.

    Nearest station: Hackney Wick

    8. By the Horns

    By the Horns
    By the Horns

    Small-batch ales, brewed with love. In case you're interested, they also use open-top fermenters.

    Tours: There are two options. A taster tour costs £10 per person, and includes three 1/2 pint tasters. A full tour costs £15 per person, and includes three pints (or bottles) of beer.

    Nearest station: Tooting Broadway

    9. Beefeater Distillery

    Beefeater
    Beefeater

    If you're interested in the history of both London and gin, and you want to see how big-batch gin is made, this is your chance.

    Tours: A tour of the distillery costs £12, and includes a gin and tonic.

    Nearest station: Kennington

    10. Sambrooks

    Sambrooks
    Sambrooks

    This small Battersea brewery really punches above its weight, and has some firm fans because of it.

    Tours: There are a couple of options. There is a informal open evening once a month. You can also book a private tour, including a free tasting. Both options cost £15 per person. For the super-keen, Sambrooks offers a "Brewer for a Day" experience.

    Nearest station: Clapham Junction

    11. Twickenham Fine Ales

    Twickenham Fine Ales

    London's oldest micro-brewery, with some pretty nice seasonal ales.

    Tours: Tours cost £15 per person and are pretty good value – you get three pints and a glass to take home.

    Nearest station: Strawberry Hill

    12. City of London Distillery

    City of London Distillery
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    Did someone say "small-batch artisan gins right in the centre of London"? Then roll up, roll up.

    Tours: There are two options. A daytime tour costs £10 per person, and includes a gin and tonic. An evening tour costs £25 per person, and also includes tasting of three gins.

    Nearest station: Blackfriars

    13. Wild Card

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    Wild Card

    A small local brewery in Walthamstow. The head brewer has a background in chemical engineering, so it deserves its reputation for "no-nonsense, uncompromising beers".

    Tours: Tours cost £25 per person, and include a tutored tasting and four half-pints, as well as a T-shirt.

    Nearest station: Walthamstow Central

    14. Shepherd Neame

    Shepherd Neame

    If you don't mind travelling to Kent, you can visit Britain's oldest brewer (est. 1698!).

    Tours: A comprehensive tour costs £12.75 per person, and includes a tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers.

    Nearest station: Faversham (about an hour from King's Cross).

    15. The London Distillery Company

    London Distillery Co
    London Distillery Co

    London's first whisky distillery since 1903, and it also produces the splendid Dodd's Gin as well as more experimental spirits.

    Tours: Tours cost £15 per person, and include a cocktail and gin samples.

    Nearest station: Clapham Junction

    16. London Beer Lab

    London Beer Lab

    If you've ever wanted to brew your own beer, but didn't know where to start, the Beer Lab is here for you.

    Tours: A one-on-one session costs £80, and you will brew four different recipes with a brewer. You can then return a few weeks later and take home 12 bottles of the beers you helped brew. Or, a session for three people costs £160 in total and you will make 20 litres of beer, and you can then return later, learn how to bottle it, and bring it home.

    Nearest station: Brixton

    17. The Ginstitute

    The Ginstitute
    The Ginstitute

    Have you ever wanted to create your own bespoke bottle of gin? Now's your chance. Attend the Ginstitute.

    Tour: A history lesson, a tutored tasting, and the chance to create your own unique bottle of gin. It's not cheap, at £100 per person, but you get a lot of bang for your buck: A cocktail reception, a class at the Ginstitute, a 70cl bottle of Portobello Road gin, a 70cl bottle of your own bespoke gin, and a martini at the end.

    Nearest station: Ladbroke Grove

    H/T to Clare from Beavertown Brewery for some of these suggestions.

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