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You can exchange an actual cucumber for a free gin and tonic at all these places today

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Gary Ogden
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There is a day for everything, so why on Earth wouldn’t there be one for cucumbers? Well, on Earth, there is one – the question is not why, but when? And when, on Earth, is 14 June, which is also known as “today”.

To celebrate World Cucumber Day (as you should, because they’re great), Hendrick’s Gin has partnered with a load of bars around the UK, and are offering one refreshing glass of gin and tonic in exchange for one refreshing stick of cucumber.

Duncan McRae, Hendrick’s Global Ambassador says: “For many years now Hendrick’s has sought to elevate the many enigmatic qualities of the unassuming cucumber, due to the role it plays in our most unusual gin alongside the Bulgarian rose.

“Plants are intelligent and responsive. It means humans can have a deep and meaningful relationship with our most prominent infusion and preferred garnish – the cucumber. At Hendrick’s we have been dreaming of late of a wondrous world where individuals can swap the green of cash for the green of a cucumber. The sensitive green fruit should be held in high esteem as a precious commodity and in observance of World Cucumber Day, we wholeheartedly encourage trading a mighty cucumber in exchange for the most palatable of libations, a Hendrick’s & Tonic.” 

Trade a cucumber for a G&T, sounds like a good deal

All ya gotsta do is take the cucumber out of your fridge and hand it in at any of the participating pubs and bars (full list to follow), and you’ll get a G&T for your trouble, with or without cucumber in it (but it’s with, isn’t it). Also, there is no restriction on what type of cucumber you can use – any species you like. Did you know there were different species of cucumber? No, you did not, but there are, and you can use any type you want, you lucky cucumber-having fruit fiend.

Notice I said “fruit” there – that is because a cucumber is a fruit. I’m just straight dropping bombshells all over this digital cucumber patch.

Anyway, here are the pubs that are participating (that’s why you’re here isn’t it):

Young’s: Old Brewery – Greenwich, Flask – Hampstead, Grange – Ealing, Princess of Wales – Clapton, Crown – Bow, Duchess of Kent – Islington, Bull & Gate - Kentish Town, Coat & Badge – Putney, Spring Grove – Kingston, Bull – Westfield, Chequers – Walton, Richard First - Greenwich, Castle – Islington, Crown – Chertsey, Eagle - Ravenscourt Park, Trafalgar Arms – Tooting, Plough – Clapham, Fellow - King's Cross, Canonbury – Islington, Smiths Bar - Brook Green, Prince Albert – Battersea, Plough – Beddington, Bull – Streatham, Ship – Wandsworth, Waterfront - Battersea Reach, Duke on the Green - Parson's Green, Porchester – Bayswater, Crown Tavern – Lee, Duke of Wellington - Notting Hill, Prince Alfred - Maida Vale, Mitre - Lancaster Gate, Elgin - Ladbroke Grove, Duke of Cambridge – Battersea, Victoria – Surbiton, Devonshire – Balham, City Gate – Exeter, Dog & Fox  - Wimbledon, Hollywood Arms – Chelsea, Coopers Arms – Chelsea, White Bear – Kennington, Northcote – Battersea, King's Head - Winchmore Hill, Fentiman Arms – Oval, Riverside – Vauxhall, Finch's - Finsbury Square, Old Tom's Bar - Leadenhall Market.

Balls Brothers: Bury Court, Hays Galleria, Shoe Lane, Austin Friars, Mayfair, Victoria, Minster Court.

Alchemist: Spinningfields – Manchester, New York Street – Manchester, Greek Street – Leeds, Bevis Marks – London, Brunswick Street – Liverpool, Colmore Row – Birmingham, Eldon Square – Newcastle, Alderley Edge.

But be quick – the promotion will only run from 5pm to 8pm.

(Images: Hendrick’s / iStock)

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