Posted 14 Dec 0209
Courvoisier Dickens Tour
Few would link the eminent British novelist Charles Dickens with a luxury cognac brand, but incredibly he was a great fan of Courvoisier. The inventory of Dickens’ house after his death unearthed an enormous cellar of spirits and fine wines, with the largest number of bottles were marked F. Courvoisier.
Dickens regularly enjoyed cognac punch recipes and included them in many of his literary works. To commemorate this, we hosted The Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour over Christmas – the perfect festive excuse to explore London’s hidden history, whether with friends, colleagues or partners.
The hour-long tour included a guided walk around the mysteries of Dickensian London and the chance to sample two Christmas Dickensian-themed Courvoisier punches (one hot and one cold). The tour began at the Covent Garden Cocktail Club where participants tried one of Dickens’ own cognac punch recipes, followed by a guided walk to key Dickensian London addresses, including The Olde Curiosity Shop (linked to the eponymous novel), St Clements Danes Church (described in the famous rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’ and Dickens’ Christmas Stories), the dark hallows of Bow Street Magistrates Court (which featured heavily in Oliver Twist) and many more.
The tour ended with a warm Courvoisier punch at the Covent Garden Cocktail Club, the Smoking Bishop – a punch taken from the final scene in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.’