London is a city that is filled with activities for the whole family and, as much as we love them, sometimes a trip away with just the adults is exactly what is needed. This guide gives a quick list of ones that you have to try when you’re in the city and if you’re 18 and over of course.
Did Somebody Say Gin?
The Beefeater Gin distillery is a place to tick off your bucket list if you are a gin fan. The Beefeater Distillery is really special because not only is it one of the most famous gins that can be found in almost every spa and afternoon tea London, it is also London’s oldest gin distillery. The distillery highlights the history of the city and gin wonderfully, how they have coincided together for centuries, whether in peaceful harmony or in chaos.
The tour begins in a replica of a street in the 1700’s when gin was on the lips of everyone, so much so that the government had to curb the ‘Gin Craze’ that was threatening to engulf the city. The tour includes facts, figures and historical tidbits that will keep you fascinated, right up to where you are introduced to the distillery itself. You can’t visit a gin distillery and not taste the goods, so a glass of G&T is offered at the end before you head back to your hotel and spa London.
Red, White or Rosé?
A short tube ride away from The Montcalm Hotel London Spa lies the South London Wine School, a wonderful place to visit whether you want to become an expert wine taster or simply want a tipple. It is a great night of relaxed fun without all of the pretentious wine jargon and you have a choice whether to go for a night, for 4 or for 8 weeks, and you can choose from the beginner, intermediate and Foodies courses.
The beginner course is just for one night and it looks at the World of Wine, giving you tips on how to detect which wine is from which region. There is also an entire workshop held on a Saturday which will cover all of the basics of wine tasting including standard techniques used, different wines and it all comes with a two-course lunch and a glass of Champagne.
The intermediate course is for those who are familiar with the basics of wine tasting and want to expand their knowledge. Unlike the beginner’s course, the intermediate is a WSET accredited course, a recognised qualification in the wine world, and it will give you a more in depth look at wines, regions and techniques.
The Foodies course is for those who love food and love wine but are not sure which dishes go with which bottle of wine. The Food and Wine Masterclass delves into how wine and cheese can work together in harmony, as well as chocolate and wine; you are guaranteed to head back to the Montcalm London full of food and wine wisdom.