Rock and a hard place

The London Tonic Series presents the Beefeater Blues stand-up comedy sessions

Beefeater is helping Londoners banish their cash-strapped, post-Christmas blues this January with free stand-up comedy sessions at its Kennington distillery, as part of the London Tonic Series.

The third instalment in the Series, Beefeater Blues will see aptly named comedy

producer, Just the Tonic, serve up gigs from Britain’s best breakthrough comedians alongside blues-busting gin cocktails made by Beefeater’s expert mixologists – all for free.

Known for sourcing the next big names in comedy, Just the Tonic took Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Jon Richardson to the Edinburgh Fringe before they were famous, and has worked with superstar comedians Johnny Vegas, Lee Nelson, Reginald D Hunter, Ross Noble and Seann Walsh in the last year alone. 

January’s sessions will see Daliso Chaponda and Adam Bloom – one of Ricky Gervais’s favourite comics – perform.

The stand-up comedy sessions will take place in Beefeater London’s Gallery Bar, which is located in its iconic South London distillery and beneath the giant pot stills used to distill Beefeater’s celebrated London Dry Gin.

Beefeater Blues will take place over two sessions on Saturday 28th January 2017, from 1:30pm until 4pm and 3:30pm until 6pm, and while free, securing a place at the exclusive gigs is no laughing matter with bookings essential via 

Interested event goers can also add a tour of the iconic Beefeater distillery to their afternoon for £12 (£10.80 for concessions), by visiting and booking onto the 1pm or 3pm slot.

Kasia Karpieszuk, Manager at Beefeater London, The Home of Gin, said: “What better pairing in life is there than comedy and gin? We’re so excited to open the doors of our iconic Kennington home for this unique event, which promises a warming slice of London’s gin-making pedigree for guests looking to laugh their way into the new year.” 

The London Tonic Series features one event per month at the Beefeater Gin Distillery until June 2017, showcasing the best of London’s arts and culture scene, from world-class mixologists to leading spoken word artists.

Guests will also be invited to make a charitable contribution to the London Tonic Series’ charity arts partner, the City & Guilds of London Art School; a not-for-profit, specialist higher education institution also based in Kennington, which trains the next generation of Fine Artists, Conservators and Historic Carvers.

Guests will not be admitted without government-issued identification proving they are at least 18 years old.

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