Gin & Type Tasting:
The story of fonts, civilisation & gin

Gin tasting evening
London Design Festival, Bankside Design District

One of two new and unique Type Tasting experiences that have been created for the London Design Festival that will immerse you in a multisensory tasting journey through time, type and libation. 

Location: Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman
Sat 22nd, Thurs 27th September
7.00pm to 9.30pm
Booking essential:
Book now: Sat 22nd


How are fonts and gin connected? 

Join author Sarah Hyndman in the wonderful Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square to find out how their stories are inextricably entwined across trade routes, the history of printing and cultural tastes.

Our journey begins with the early days of Jenever gin, transported from the Netherlands on the same ships that bring the Dutch-style metal type, which will influence William Caslon's famous typefaces. Later both will be shipped to the New World, along with scurvy-preventing lime, where Caslon's type is to be used for the Declaration of Independence.

The tale continues in London where there is a proliferation of distilleries and type foundries. From the apothecary-styled gin of the Victorian display type era; as tea from India becomes a national obsession; to the minimalist and refined styles, which become the signature Helvetica and martinis of the 1950s Mad Men era. Each of our chosen London gins tells a part of this story, one is from Camden and three are local Bankside tipples.

Take part in a magical, multisensory experiment and you will discover that taste is influenced by all of your senses.

Activities and interactive demonstrations will bring each stage in the story to life, and make this a memorable journey of discovery.

The evening is hosted by Sarah Hyndman, author of 'Why Fonts Matter', TEDx speaker, and a regular guest on radio and TV.

No prior knowledge of (or interest in) type or design is necessary (over 18s only).

The venue
Tap & Bottle is an idyllic two story wine bar sitting in a beautiful grade II listed building, above the bustling Flat Iron Square. This intimate venue boasts an ever-changing rotation of exclusive wines poured through kegs, making it one of London's only 'wine on tap' locations. Tap & Bottle also boasts a stunning private terrace garden which sits just adjacent to the railway arches. 

Flat Iron Square is a new foodie hub in Bankside, taking over seven railway arches, Grade II listed building Devonshire House and the surrounding area. A tantalising line-up of bars, food vendors, restaurants, street food trucks, outdoor space and a live music venue come together to create a vibrant environment for Londoners.

‘The Garden’ is a welcome green haven for lunch, post-work drinks and dinner in the heart of the city. It is also home to our outdoor stage and our weekend vintage and makers market, FLEA.

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