Did you know the City of London has its own gin distillery? We had a chat with Alfie Amayo to discover more about one of London's best kept secrets.

What’s your daily routine like? As the Brand Ambassador of the City of London, my days are always different. However, on the average day I make sure to wake up at 6AM and go for a run. By 8AM I am catching up on emails. I am lucky because I can do this at home and so miss the horrible rush hour into work. By 10:30AM I am in the office and this is where my day is always different. Between making gin, processing orders, researching markets, and running events inside and outside of the distillery, my main role is to increase the brand awareness of the City of London Distillery. 


Could you tell us about the history of the distillery?
Well the City of London has a rich gin history. During the Gin Craze in the 18th century there was a gin distillery or gin shop in every street in the City benefiting from the spices and citrus fruits coming into the port of London. When the Gin Craze was ended, very few gin distilleries survived, and for nearly 200 years there wasn’t a single gin distillery in the City. In 2012, we saw that gin was going through a renaissance and we saw an opportunity to resurrect the once thriving gin industry in the City. Therefore under the guidance of our Master Distiller, Jonathan Clark, we produced our first gin in November 2012. 

Are there any London exhibitions you are dying to see? I have a keen interest in photography and so I have a keen urge to go and see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Natural History Museum. I have read some great reviews. 

What are your favourite bars in London? Few bars beat the Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel. On a Friday night the atmosphere is fantastic; amazing drinks and beautiful live music. Dandelyan and the Mondrian Hotel is also a personal favourite. 

Why do you like working in the City? Honestly, It has to be the coffee. I can sometimes work very long hours and coffee is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going. The city does coffee very well. Not only that, being so close to Southbank is great. On the rare occasion when we do have sun in London, a walk down Southbank is a must. 

What is your favourite place to visit in the Square Mile? It has to be Alchemy Coffee. Some of the best coffee in the City. 

If you want to find out more about the distillery have a look at their website.

- interview by Deborah Ajia