A partnership made in gin heaven, City Of London Distillery and The View from The Shard are about to take World Gin Day (8thJune) to the next level with gin and martini masterclasses in the sky.

Against the breath-taking backdrop of the City of London and at an altitude of 1,016 feet – making it London’s tallest building – visitors to Skydeck at The Shard can enjoy a gin and martini masterclass from City Of London Distillery – the very first distillery to open in London’s Square Mile for almost 200 years – and its team of experts.

Masterclasses run from 3pm to 8pm on World Gin Day, and will showcase the history of gin through the ages, from the gin craze in Victorian London to the modern age. Your journey of discovery will continue by revealing the pivotal part the martini played; from the Martinez that came before, to more contemporary expressions such as the Espresso, Pornstar and Vesper Martinis we enjoy today, you’ll also sample some of the finest gin cocktails and learn about recipes previously forgotten.

With all of your new-found knowledge, visitors can order a City Of London Distillery Gin cocktail from an exclusive and specially created drinks menu, before sitting back and enjoying the view.

All drinks will be expertly prepared using expressions from the City Of London gin range, including City Of London Old Tom Gin, City Of London Christopher Wren Gin and City Of London Square Mile Gin.

Masterclasses are open to all, can be enjoyed on a drop in basis and will run every 30 minutes.

Don’t worry if you’ve got a full diary this World Gin Day – you don’t have to miss out. Gin lovers can enjoy dedicated masterclasses year round, courtesy of City Of London Distillery and The View from The Shard. Visit Virgin Experience Days to book your taste of the high life.

For more information visit www.CityOf