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Bermondsey Beauty: The Wedding Shop and Jensen’s Gin Distillery

Last Wednesday SEEN attended a lovely event that in many ways epitomises the history and heritage of the great city of London. The Wedding Shop, whom you can visit in Selfridges (another great London institution), Fulham Road, Chelsea and also online, for beautiful and unusual wedding gifts, was showcasing a fun and singular experience on their books.

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With many couples already having the material goods with which to furnish a home, the award-winning Wedding Shop specialises in experiences that make a wedding truly unique, and one of those is at the Jensen’s Gin Distillery, where guests can have a tour of the distillery, sample the excellent Old Tom and London Dry gins in which Jensen’s excels, hear a history of gin itself and of the origins of Jensen’s and sample a gin and tonic dispensed by the fascinating Hannah Lanfear, a former bartender at Milk and Honey who truly knows how to make a fabulous gin and tonic (the secret is the temperature: chill the glasses and the gin to -3 degrees).

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Guests also partake of some delicious and hearty street food, courtesy of the nearby Maltby Market. Hannah took us through the botanicals that Jensen’s uses to produce their gin. Easy to forget that many Londoners used to live on gin and beer as the water was so bad; indeed gin was held to be good for general health back in the day. The distillery itself was like the equipment out of Breaking Bad – all gleaming steel and copper piping. SEEN would have loved to see it all in action.

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The railway arches in which Jensen’s resides has just the right cool ambience for gin production. Jensen, a Dane, collected vintage gins and was keen to recreate the taste, finding it lacking in modern commercial brands. So, all round, a fabulous experience from a small bespoke business recreating an almost magical substance synonymous with London. It’s a renaissance of sorts, giving the big brands a run for their money and taking the mundane out of wedding lists. Congratulations, cheers and good health.

www.bermondseygin.com

Jensen’s Gin Distillery
55 Stanworth street
Bermondsey
London
SE1 3NY

www.weddingshop.com

Chelsea Showroom
171 Fulham Road
London
SW3 6JW

Selfridges Showroom
400 Oxford Street
London
W1A 1AB

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