Every bar and pub in London will pour you a gin ‘n’ tonic, but there are some establishments that are going all out to knock your juniper-loving socks off.
The London Gin Club
From the outside, The London Gin Club looks like little more than a busy pub. It’s an odd location -around the back of Oxford Circus just on the fringes of not-quite Soho – but this bar, housed in what was once The Star at Night pub, is a fine choice for any gin fan.
There are nine tasting menus on offer. You pick your garnish – everything from lime peel and fig, to lemon and thyme – and they’ll do the rest. The bar snacks will ruin your dinner, too.
22 Great Chapel St, W1F 8FR Find out more
If you’re of the martini drinking persuasion, there’s one hotel bar that is the undisputed king: Dukes. A martini at Dukes is a legendary experience. They have a huge variety, as well as the classics, but head barman Alessandro Palazzi has recently created a new scented martini for the menu – 89 Jermyn Street – in conjunction with nearby British perfumer Floris. These are classic cocktails with a fabulous modern twist.
35 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NY Find out more
Worship Street Whistling Shop
It’s not just the 80 gins that Worship Street Whistling Shop stock that make this hidden Shoreditch bar worth seeking out. Maybe you’ll want to try their gin masterclass or sip a couple of cocktails from their cocktail lab (wish we had our own cocktail lab – we’d design special lab coats). They even make their own bitters. This definitely isn’t your average East London bar.
63 Worship St, EC2A 2DU Find out more
Holborn Dining Rooms
If you’re indecisive about your tipple, head to The Rosewood in Holborn to sample a little something from the largest gin collection in London. The Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Rooms houses over 400 gins and 30 different tonics. That equates to 14,000 combinations of gin and tonic (we were too tipsy to do the maths, but we’ll take their word for it). Don’t try and drink them all in one evening.
252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN Find out more
This little gin dive is hidden under an Italian restaurant and it’s well worth scouting out, especially during happy hour. Whatever your gin of choice (and there are over 100 on offer), pair it with the BTW tonic – the bar’s own small batch tonic made with naturally occurring quinine from Cinchona tree bark. Oh, and while you’re in the area head to Jensen’s Distillery, for a mug of their hot gin.
214 Bermondsey St, SE1 3TQ Find out more
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