an evening with Olivia Williams introducing her book

28th January 2016


Gin Glorious Gin is a vibrant cultural history of the last 300 years through the prism of this iconic drink. It leads the reader through the underbelly of Georgian London via the Gin Craze, detouring through the Empire (with a G&T in hand), to the emergence of cocktail bars throughout the land. The story is brought right up to date with the resurgence of class in a glass – the Ginnaissance.

Gin – the most democratic of drinks – has been downed by all classes and professions and has become shorthand for metropolitan glamour and alcoholic squalor in equal measure. In and out of both legality and popularity, gin is a drink that has seen it all.

Gin Glorious Gin is quirky, informative, full of famous faces – from Dickens to Churchill, Hogarth to Dr Johnson – and introduces many previously unknown Londoners, hidden from history, who have shaped the city and its signature drink.

Olivia Williams, who writes for the Evening Standard, will be in conversation with Martin Thomas, gin loving polymath. ‘full of fun and facinating detail’ Jilly Cooper

‘a light and engaging read’ The Times

£10 per ticket
the ultimate G&T with thanks to Sipsmith

clubroom bar open from 6.30 pm; talk starts at 7pm
followed by a Q&A with Olivia WIlliams
to book call 01749 814070
meantime curated by Emma Criagie