It’s no secret that Londoners love all things artisanal and independent so when this extends to something that’s not a coffee shop or deli, we’re all ears: enter award-winning gin, Sipsmith. Sipsmith itself is nothing new – established in 2009, it is one of only four gin distilleries operating in London. A bit of a surprise when you consider the historical relationship of London and gin – back in the 18th century gin was considered safer to drink than water. Gin consumption increased rapidly in the early 1700s as a direct result of growing incomes but it got so out of hand that gin was slammed as being “the principal cause of all the vice & debauchery committed among the inferior sort of people”. Luckily these days, gin drinking is a lot more civilised, but arguably no less loved within the city.
In the stylish surrounds of Ham Yard Hotel’s private terrace, Sipsmith gin is hosting a pop-up winter warmer drinks event from Tuesday 26th January until Sunday 14th February. Compulsory blankets and heaters make a cosy environment as do the drinks themselves, which are served warm. Created by Sipsmith Master Distiller Jared Brown and hotel bar manager Eoin Kenny, the cocktails which include Soho Gin Broth, Steamed Juleps and Hot G&T are inspired by the colourful history London has had with the spirit. The pop-up runs in timed sessions; 5.45pm and 7.45pm on weeknights and 3.45pm and 5.45pm on weekends.
Sipsmith and Ham Yard Hotel pop-up runs from Tuesday 26th January – Sunday 14th February at Ham Yard Hotel, One Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT