Jazz Age Gin Tasting


When the United States banned the making and drinking of alcohol in 1920, gin became ‘the’ alcohol of the Roaring Twenties. Yet, in contrast to the ‘bathtub’ spirits of the prohibition era, 21st century gin is made by master-distillers with artisan processes, quality and character. At the Fashion and Textile Museum we are privileged to work on a street with its own artisan tonic water. BTW – aka Bermondsey Tonic Water – specifically created to marry with the exciting range of botanicals used in modern gin. If most high street tonics are synthetic and sweet ‘BTW’ is dry, refreshing and allows the full flavour of each gin to be appreciated.

Greeted with a classic Gin & Tonic on arrival, you are invited to step back in time to see the life of a fashionable 1920s ‘bright young thing’. After being guided through the exhibition, you will be joined in the Fashion Studio by the BTW team for a gin flight-tasting and talk. The flight tasting involves three mini G&Ts all named with tasting notes but in an unknown order. Try them all, make a guess as to what’s what & then put yourself out of your misery by opening your sealed envelope to reveal which is which. With BTW, identifying the gins is easier than you may think!

There will be two talks and tastings during the evening at 6.15pm and 7pm. Please select the time of your tasting when booking. The exhibition 1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs can be viewed throughout the evening until 8pm.

Venue Details & Map

Fashion and Textile Museum

83 Bermondsey Street
+44 (0)20 7407 8664
Public transport:
From London Bridge Station walk towards Tower Bridge down Tooley Street for about 3 minutes. Then turn right in Bermondsey Street. The museum is on the left hand side of the street.

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