Gin & Type Tasting:
Two nights only

Location: Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square
Hosted by Sarah Hyndman
Saturday 22nd September
Thursday 27th September
7.00pm to 9.30pm

AIGA Eye on Design’s #1 pick for the London Design Festival 2018

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


“It was a fantastic evening full of fascinating new facts, tasty & unusual gins, & the chance to meet some interesting new people”.

Join Sarah Hyndman in the wonderful Tap & Bottle, Flat Iron Square for an exciting and interactive journey. You will discover how the stories of gin and type are inextricably entwined through trade routes, continental rivalries, the tumultuous history of printing and cultural movements. This is a new and unique Type Tasting experience based on previous sell-out events created for the London Design Festival.

This is an exciting and immersive event that breaks all the rules of a traditional tasting. "Sublime and crazy tales from the past" come to life in a series of games and activities that will challenge your assumptions and shed a whole new light on what is right before your very eyes.

“It was a fantastic evening full of fascinating new facts, tasty and unusual gins”, “So unexpected but in all the right ways!”“Brilliant evening”.

Taste five gins, take home an interactive information booklet to accompany the evening, along with a copy of the limited first edition of Sarah’s book The Type Taster complete with 3D glasses, not available elsewhere.

Gin and Type Tasting
Gin and Type Tasting

Jenever gin & Dutch type are embraced when all things from England’s continuing nemesis France are off limits. Served with sound & scent.

Larger than life
Old Tom Gin & ornate Victorian display letters, as gin distilleries and type foundries proliferate in London. Served with foraged flavours & scents of the apothecary as you customise your own drink.

International influences
Tea drinking rivals gin, medicinal tonic, scurvy-preventing lime and Indian street painting. Served with scent & edibles.

“Less is more”
Dry gin, dry martinis, Mad Men, Modernism and Helvetica. Served with taste & an activity.

Gin served two ways with sound, colour, texture & type in a multisensory taste-changing demonstration.

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

Gin and Type Tasting

Photo by Kayleigh Pullinger

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

“So unexpected but in all the right ways!”, “Brilliant evening”, “Sublime and crazy tall tales from the past”, “Wonderful evening”, “A roaring success” Reviews from the 2018 Wine & Type Tasting

Gin and Type Tasting
Gin and Type Tasting
Type Tastings featured in the press

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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Flat Iron Square
Flat Iron Square