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4 THE LONDON DUNGEON

4 THE LONDON DUNGEON EXPLORES THE DARK HISTORY OF GIN This month, the London Dungeon will be pouring out a good measure of London’s dark and pungent gin history! Guests will be ‘spirited’ back to the 18th century and the dark and desperate ‘Gin Lane’ where the Gin Craze has taken hold. Gin sellers roam the streets pushing carts filled with cheap gin, and seedy gin shops cry out: ‘Drunk for one penny, dead drunk for two’. Guests will get a taste of these dark times as they step into the new interactive show. Here they will have the chance to either join the gin den or to cut and run – but will they have Dutch courage? London has a long and dark history with the alcoholic tipple. In the mid 1700’s the Government passed a range of legislation aimed at restricting brandy imports and encouraging gin production. This led to more than 17,000 gin shops in the city, serving 600,000 people and in 1740 it was noted in one year Londoners drank 11 million gallons of gin (about a pint of raw spirit every three days per person...hic!). The effects were devastating. Gin was blamed for misery, rising crime, prostitution, depression and high death rates overtook birth rates. To celebrate the rich history of London and gin, the London Dungeon team will also be working in partnership with a range of gin partners to host a one-off ‘Ginstory’ gin safari. For over- 18s only – visitors will be in for an exclusive evening Dungeon tour while sampling six different gins and seeing the brand new ‘Gin Street’ show. The evening event on Friday 19 May will feature six gins including Spitfire Heritage Gin (distilled in the heart of Blighty in hand beaten copper stills), multi-award winning Bathtub Gin, Scottish distillery Eden Mill with their Oak Gin and Love Gin, London’s Old Bakery Gin (The Gin Guide Awards 2017 – 'Newly Launched Gin' Winner) and the well-known Sipsmith gin (established in London in 1820). All gins will be paired with different and unique experiences or shows and will open the doors to London’s dark and distilled past. Futher details and ticket information at www.thedungeons.com/london UK PARLIAMENT TO MARK ‘LONDON HISTORY DAY’ The Houses of Parliament remains open to visitors in the period before the UK General Election on 8 June. Eight extra tour dates have been added in May. To encourage young adults to register, vote and engage with the democratic process, all UK ‘young voters’ currently aged 18 to 24 can book a free place on one of the tours. On Wednesday 31 May, the UK Parliament will take part in the first ever London History Day with a series of events on the theme ‘1,000 years of history... where history is still being written’. Families visiting with children can take one of the ‘London History’ themed family tours around Parliament. A wider audience can have a ‘behind the scenes’ look at rarely seen Londonthemed objects in Parliament’s Heritage Collections on social media throughout the day. Objects highlighted include the Ceremonial Silver Trowel used to lay the first stone of the Elizabeth Tower and photographs of the damage caused by air raids during the Blitz. London History Day highlights the capital’s extraordinary history and heritage and is part of Historic England’s wider ‘Keep it London’ campaign. By participating in this event, Parliament will promote that it is open to UK and international visitors. The Palace of Westminster is home to one of the world’s busiest parliaments, with more than a million visitors passing through its doors each year. Visitors are welcome to take an audio or guided tour throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased online at www.parliament.uk/visit or by calling 020 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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