Gin Odyssey London Tour with Planet Pass

Being a tourist in our own city is something we should all do more often.

And if you’re lucky enough to call London, this crazy, massive, fascinating city home, you know what I mean when I say there’s always something to explore.

And one of the very best ways to do so is a good walking tour.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Now, I know what you think: a walking tour? You mean you want me, a local, to voluntarily join a group of tourists and follow a guide around to see things I’ve already seen a billion time? And my answer is no, absolutely not.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + WhiskyGin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

The time of tacky, pressed-for-time, flag-waving guided tours are over (thank goodness!), and the range of tours available in London are going far beyond the Beginner’s main sights round-up.

From Harry Potter-themed tours, to historical pub walks, street art focused tours to gourmet ones, and even a Pokétour to catch them all (!!), my favourite trick to find London’s best tours is Planet Pass.

Offering dozens of private guided tours in London, it’s a handy little tool to find a tour perfectly customised to your interests and schedule + book everything online in just a few clicks for a set price (the more the merrier!).

Which is just what I did last week, when I went on my own private London Gin Odyssey with Planet Pass*.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

As you’d know from that shocking revelation I made a while ago, I do love my gin!

But I would never have ima-gin‘d that the history of London and that of the juniper-flavoured spirit are linked quite the way they are…

Now, I don’t want to give away to much (because what’s the fun in that eh?), but every step of the history of gin left marks in London’s landscape that are still visible today.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

You’ll never pass by Gordon’s Wine Bar quite the same way once you learn that nearby York Watergate is reminiscent of gin’s first appearance on the British market as a medicine to treat stomach complaints and other ailments…

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Nor will you ever that some of London’s most impressive buildings, built under the reign of William of Orange, probably were fulled by more than a few drops of ‘Mother’s Ruin’…

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + WhiskyGin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Instead of looking for the best crowd-free angle to click yet another picture of the changing of the Guards at the Horse Guard Parade, you’ll be dreaming of G&T…

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

And most certainly will insist on dropping by Fortnum & Mason any opportunity you get, just so you can take a look at their beautiful (and ever-growing) collection of gin.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

With bottles from every corner of the world, plus a tonic selection and truly knowledgeable service to match, it truly is any gin lover’s dream come true!

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

And if you time everything juuuust right, you might even be able to witness Mr Fortnum & Mr Mason’s hourly bow…

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Passing by St Martin’s in the Fields will bring back memories of the dreadful Gin Craze and the story of the woman who kill her own child, so she could sell his clothes to buy gin will send chills down your spine.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

There are countless anecdotes to be told, each one more ama-gin that the last!

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Plus you’ll discover the very best spot for gin in the City.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Boasting London’s largest gin collection, Mr Fogg’s super retro Gin Parlour just unveiled a magnificent menu of over 300 gins from around the world.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

From well-known international brands, small batch and local distillers, to rare vintage gins, as well as a selection of unique gin liqueurs and a handful of superb gin cocktails to choose from, it’s the best place to end a gin-themed tour with your tipple of choice!

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + WhiskyGin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Especially if said cocktail comes with a side of debating which London bar should make it to the top of my list for classic cocktails with a man than knows his liquors!

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Having taken a few guided tours in the past, I can tell that the guide’s passion is truly what makes the tour, and my guide, James was definitely one of the best in town!

A London historian by day, you’d be hard pressed to find something (or someone!) he doesn’t know about the City!

With the amount of stuff he knows about London & gin, you really could call him a gin-ius & as a result, the whole tour was an absolute delight!

So next time you’re stuck on what to do on the weekend, I absolutely recommend you gather a group and check out Planet Pass’ London tour selection.  The booking system itself is a Y-generation dream come true and all in all, it truly is a brilliant way to discover more of London’s secrets!

PIN FOR LATER:

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

*my Gin Odyssey Tour was complimentary but opinion, pictures and love of gin my own!

Advertisements
Gin Odyssey London Tour with Planet Pass

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch

Dining out in London can be quite an expensive habit. Especially if you do it as often as I do.

Of course, there are always some offers out there, but seriously, who has time to scroll through picture-heavy Facebook pages or billions of tweets to be rewarded with ‘faffy’ discounts (half price SIDES? Are you kidding me?).

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather know what’s available around me in real-time, thank you very much. And thanks goodness there’s an app for that!

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

Let me introduce: CityMunch.

image

With hundreds of restaurants and offers to choose from, CityMunch is a savvy foodie’s best friend!

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

Indeed, CityMunch offers the latest real-time dining discounts (of up to 50%!) all in one place, can be use with any group size…

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

And the discount is a straight forward amount off of your food bill! Hurray!

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch app | Cake + Whisky

You also have access to restaurant information, directions, sample menu & more all in one place!

And best of all, it’s absolutely FREE to use! Download the free app here: iPhone / Android

Great deals at great places?! I say yes PLEASE!

Especially when said place is as much of a gem as The White Swan!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Located at the heart of the City of London, right between Chancery Lane & Covent Garden, The White Swan is a little gem of a gastropub and, through CityMunch, you get 50% off the food every evening.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

The menu focuses on a handful of classics with a little bit of a twist, and at half price, it’s an absolute bargain!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + WhiskyThe White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Things started on a high with homemade sourdough bread & butter.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Soft, chewy bread, melty butter & a generous sprinkle of salt flakes… it doesn’t take much more to make this French girl happy!

… but that was only the beginning!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Torched Cornish mackerel with pickled carrot

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

A beutifully fresh starter where the crunchy, sweet-pickled carrots highlighted the oily flesh of the mackerel.

And that crispy torched skin!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Our second starter, Roast Norfolk quail with Scotch egg & pickled onion, was even better.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Succulent, melt-in-the-mouth quail leg, with a beautifully crafted mini quail Scotch egg & a super rih, meaty sauce…

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Needless to say it didn’t take long to polish the whole lot off!

… and then the same thing happened with mains!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Milk-fed Herdwick lamb, Jersey royal croquette, nettle & sorrel puree

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Soft braised leg of lamb, perfectly grilled cutlet, rich gravy and just a touch of mint… it was a true gastropub classic and an absolute triumph.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

45 day-aged Cumbrian Shorthorn steak with chips & Béarnaise

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

And a side of Spring greens with bacon.

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

All washed down with a little bit of wine…

And followed by the dreamiest of desserts!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + WhiskyThe White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Buttermilk pannacotta with strawberry & basil

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

A silky smooth, just-set panna cotta, served with a lovely strawberry syrup, fresh strawberries and mini basil leaves…

Basically Summer on a plate!

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Last but not least, the chef’s speciality: Treacle tart & frozen lemon yoghurt

The White Swan gastropub | Cake + Whisky

Crumbly pastry, and the most intricate of fillings, with both gooey and crunchy bits thanks to an elaborate thrice-cooked processed…

A real wonder and one you must make sure you try out for yourself very soon (alongside with pretty much everything else on The White Swan’s menu)!

Just make sure you use CityMunch to book & you’ll get 50% off your bill if you visit for dinner (from 6PM)… So what are you waiting for?

PIN FOR LATER:

How to save money when eating at London's top restaurants | Cake + Whisky

Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of CityMunch but all love of nettle & basic dessert fan-girling my own. 

Dinner on offer at The White Swan with CityMunch

The best night in with #YelpBigNightIn

I’m the biggest home-buddy there ever was. Sure I’m always up for dinner in a nice restaurant, or a few drinks with friends, but my favourite nights are usually the ones spent at home, curled up on the sofa watching TV.

The only problem being that that ideal scenario often ends up not being that idyllic a scenario since life very often comes inbetween my (admittedly lazy) plans and reality. Laundry, flat cleaning, cooking… There’s so much to be done!

But last Friday was different thanks to Yelp’s Big Night In. All I had to do was come home and relax as everything else had been taking care of for me.

When I came back home that evening, on-demand cleaning app Hassle had already made sure my flat was shining-clean and my laundry had been picked up by the newly-launched Laundrapp. No chores for me then!

And there was wine, carefully selected and delivered to my door by advisor-extraordinaire Mr Vine.

Mr Vine, London's new sommelier app! | Cake + WhiskyI was really impressed with the app, which promises to find you wine you love, no matter what your criteria (style, price, country of origine…) are.
#YelpBigNightIn | Wine from Mr Vine | Cake + Whisky#YelpBigNightIn | Wine from Mr Vine | Cake + WhiskyWe started our big night in with a glass of chilled Currabridge Chardonnay, which was far superior to many supermarket equivalents I’ve tried in the same price range.#YelpBigNightIn | Wine from Mr Vine | Cake + WhiskyThe perfect way to unwind while deciding which movie we wanted to watch (you can’t do a night in without a good movie, can you?)!
#YelpBigNightIn | Food from Jubo via Deliveroo | Cake + WhiskyJust as we settled on watching The Wolf of Wall Street, the bell rang and dinner was served, courtesy of Deliveroo (my favourite London delivery app! They have such great restaurants onboard and would even deliver food to you in the park if you wish so!)!
#YelpBigNightIn | Food from Jubo via Deliveroo | Cake + WhiskyWe were starving so that spectacural Korean food display (from one of my favourite Shoreditch restaurant, Jubo) didn’t last very long!
#YelpBigNightIn | Food from Jubo via Deliveroo | Cake + WhiskyThe soy-glazed wings are the #1 reason to order from Jubo, but the Kimchi slaw is never far behind! I love how complex the flavours are in such a simple dish!
#YelpBigNightIn | Food from Jubo via Deliveroo | Cake + WhiskyFor some reason, I also ended up eating chips with chopsticks that night… (I blame the wine!)

Having wolfed down our dinner, we had a few more glasses of wine and chatted happily until one of us (me) starting to have some dessert cravings…
Quiqup London delivery app | Cake + WhiskyIn just a few clicks, Ladurée macaroons were on their way thanks to Quiqup, the new app that will revolutionize how I handle my midnight cravings!#YelpBigNightIn | Ladurée macaroons via Quiqup | Cake + WhiskyShortly after, I was presented with this adorable box… #MyPrecious#YelpBigNightIn | Ladurée macaroons via Quiqup | Cake + Whisky#YelpBigNightIn | Ladurée macaroons via Quiqup | Cake + WhiskyAlmost too pretty to eat… (Almost). And the perfect ending to a perfect evening!

Thanks Yelp for including me on the list of the lucky fews who were treated to the most brilliant night in I’ve had in a long, long time!

Want into some of London’s best events? Join me on Yelp! It’s free and Yelp events are THE BOMB!!

The best night in with #YelpBigNightIn