Gin has long been an integral part of London’s history. So to celebrate this fabulous drink we have selected our favourite gin palaces in the capital to enjoy this very in-vogue drink.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern
Stepping inside this gin tavern is like stepping back in time, placing yourself into early 19th century Covent Garden. Upstairs is hidden a small historically decorated venue that brings celebration to the history of the drink. A huge selection of brands and tonics create the number of varieties of G&Ts that you would never be able to get through. That in itself should keep you coming back. For those that truly wish to explore the heritage of the drink, enrol on the Gin Safari where you shall be expertly guided through the brands, flavours and stories that accompany this drink. It is an excellent way to spend one’s evening.
T: 020 7581 3992
DUKES London Mayfair is a boutique hotel nestled away off St. James Street. The Cognac and Cigar lounge is a wonderfully opulent, luxurious and yet relaxing space to enjoy a drink. Pair one’s with a choosing from their wonderful cigar selection. DUKES is open throughout the week, useful as you never know when the Cuban urge may grab you.
T: 020 7491 4840
Portobello Star – The Ginstitute
The spot upon which this drinking establishment sits has bene serving alcoholic beverages to clientele since 1740. That is some serious drinking tradition and heritage! The Ginstitute is an experience set up by the Star to provide a drinking time like no other. You will explore the history of the drink that is not short of a scandalous story or two. Explore how it has travelled through medicinal practices to the drink that you enjoy on a Friday night out. You will also be shown how the drink is made and the botanicals that go into each distillery process of Gin. It’s a tactile experience, where you will taste, touch and laugh your way through the drinks and ingredients that go with it. After the experience, it would be rude not to go downstairs and have another drink with your new found drinking companions.
In the Star’s very own words it is, ‘frequented by Royals, scallywags, urchins, beggars, scarlet ladies, drunkards, intellectuals, popular musicians of the day and the occasional association football player’. So there you have it, you’ll fit right in.
T: 020 3588 7800
The London Gin Club
Located in Soho, the London Gin Club provides its patrons nearly 300 varieties of their chosen drink. Our favourite is a simple Gin & Tonic that is served with garnish selected to match your choice. Strawberry and rosemary? Sure thing. For those that want to keep going, be sure to have something from their small food menu. The Star is the family run property where all this goodliness takes place and that well loved homely nature runs through everything here from the decor to the drinks. First opened in 1933, you certainly won’t be missing out on the charm which that affords.
T: 020 7494 2488
The City of London Distillery
Since its opening in 2012 the City of London distillery has quickly become a favourite in the bar scene of Gin lovers. Boasting the fact that they distil their own gin, they are leading the resurgence in the fashion for this tipple. London was once a city full of distilleries yet the imposed legal restrictions of the day soon put an end to this. Today though it’s making a comeback in a big way. The new distillery inside Jonathan Clark’s cocktail bar in Bride Lane has bought the process back to the city and is producing a great variety of Gins that include a delicious Sloe. The City of London distillery also put on taste experiences for patrons to have a history lesson with their drinking. Choose from a number of experiences such as the Evolution of Gin and the Gin Lab Experience.
T: 020 7936 3636