Lonely Planet Writer

A blue gin train is rolling through London this summer

If you love nothing more than travel and a good G&T, listen up – a new gin train will take you around the world with a cocktail in hand. Well, the train won’t actually move, but the new event will let visitors drink on a railcar and dream about the origins of the gin’s botanicals.

Inside a train where guests can sample gin and food.
All aboard the new gin train in London. Image by Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire has launched “The Grand Journey,” an event that will explore the different origins of the botanicals used in the gin. It is a “multi-sensory dining experience” that will feature food from a Michelin-star chef and, of course, cocktails with Bombay Sapphire. The event will run in London from 17 to 23 July and tickets can be bought online for £30.

But this is not the first gin train to roll through town this year. Back in March, Tanqueray held a luxury ride on the Belmond British Pullman luxury train, making an actual scenic train journey around the countryside, complemented by a seven-course meal and gin-cocktail pairings.

Gin is experiencing a bit of a moment – with plenty of events centred on the spirit happening around the UK. Bristol has seen its first dedicated gin bar and restaurants, Dutch, open in the spring. This summer, the Talland Bay Hotel in Cornwall will celebrate local spirits with a “G & High Tea,” which will bring together all the scones and sandwiches of high tea, with a gin and tonic. There are also gin festivals happening around the country this summer.

If you want to learn a bit more about how to make some incredible cocktails yourself, you could create your own bottle of craft distilled gin at 45 Gin School in Leicestershire. Or stay in London and visit the Ginstitute in Notting Hill, where “ginterns” get a tasting session and making their own gin.