All Aboard The Multi-Sensory Gin Train Coming To London This Summer


by Anna Brech |
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We don't know about you, but we pretty much relish anything to do with good-quality gin.

Nothing, after all, beats an ice-cold glass of the good stuff on a balmy summer's day.

So, fellow fans of the juniper aperitif should buckle up tight: because there's an actual gin train coming to London this summer.

Bombay Sapphire's Laverstoke Express (named after the mill where it is created) is a fully functioning steam train.

Welcome on-board the train of mystery... ©Bombay Sapphire

It promises a multi-sensory interactive experience, whereby guests can 'travel' all over the world, from the Indonesian capital of Java to Ghana and Tuscany.

The mystical blue-hued gin journey will tell the story of Bombay Sapphire's ten botanicals via cocktails complemented by Michelin-star cuisine.

While the train won't actually move anywhere, those on-board will be transported to far-flung lands using a clever combination of light, sound and taste.

Sumptuous cocktails await ©Bombay Sapphire

The Grand Journey features treats from chef Tom Sellers, whose London hot spot Restaurant Story won a Michelin star within five months after opening.

Sellers will dream up a series of dishes inspired by Bombay Sapphire's key botanical ingredients.

"When I create any dish, my two key principles are the narrative behind that dish and the ingredients it focusses on," he says. "This is why I’m so excited to work with Bombay Sapphire’s The Grand Journey, as creatively I can draw upon the illustrious history of gin."

Cheers to gin! ©Bombay Sapphire

The concept chimes with a boom in popularity around experiential events. Secret Cinema, with guests taking on interactive roles from famous films in large-scale sets, is one such trend.

And this month's immersive gin dinner, between Sipsmith and interactive theatre dining experts Gingerline, sold out within hours.

The gin train, coming to London for five days in July, is likely to do the same - so we'd advise getting in quick. Book your tickets, starting from £30, here - booking opens on Thursday.

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