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A talk on gin in Benjamin Franklin House

Published: Monday 19th of January 2009

Benjamin Franklin House is set to be the stage for a discussion on how gin was abused in London during the age of enlightenment.

Education manager Rob Taylor will discuss how the demon drink affected the people of the time in 'Gin and Vice in Georgian England: Decadence and Enlightenment', on January 26th at 13:00.

The discussion is part of Benjamin Franklin House's Monday Lunchtime Lecture Series and costs £5 or £3.50 for concessions.

One of the lesser known of London's historic buildings, Benjamin Franklin House celebrates the US founding father's 16 years in the city.

A known puritan, it is perhaps interesting to speculate what thoughts he would have had on gin and its effect on humanity.

Anyone unfamiliar with Mr Franklin still has plenty of reason to visit this attraction, as it is Grade I listed, built around 1730 and was the first de facto US embassy.

In addition, it was the first location outside of the USA to receive Save America's Treasures designation.

London Pass holders can enter Benjamin Franklin House for free - saving themselves £7.

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