City of London

Gin distillery & bar in the heart of the City of London. We welcome visitors to savour our gins, enjoy a cocktail or share in one of our gin experiences.

City of London tour

A rich history

The City of London Distillery brought Gin distilling back to the City in 2012 after an absence of nearly 200 years.

The City of London has a rich gin history. During the Gin Craze in the 18th century there was a gin distillery or gin shop in every street in the City benefiting from the spices and citrus fruits coming in to the port of London.


The Gin Craze was ended, very few gin distilleries survived, and for nearly 200 years there wasn’t a single gin distillery in the City. That is until the City of London Distillery opened in 2012.

The City of London Distillery opened on 20th December 2012 inside Jonathan Clark’s cocktail bar in Bride Lane, within the City of London. Our first gin, loyal to our roots, was a classic London Dry Gin – followed soon after by our celebration of the City of LondonSquare Mile gin. Since then, we’ve added Sir Christopher Wren gin, Sloe gin and Old Tom gin to our range.

Often referred to as a hidden treasure, the bar at the City of London Distillery, called the COLD bar, is a retro, speakeasy-style cocktail bar that overlooks the striking copper stills of the distillery. The flickering candles and faint aroma of gin vapour that hangs in the air all add to the bar’s unique and cosy atmosphere. Table booking recommended.