Ah London, the cosmopolitan English capital that has so much to offer – including when it comes to gin experiences!
From gin tasting, to gin making to distillery tours and more, we’ve got the top attractions for gin aficionados in London to make the most out of your visit – or if you’re a London dweller what are you waiting for?
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 here.
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 too).
They even make their own bitters. This definitely isn’t your average East London Bar.
63 Worship st EC2A 2DU. Find out more here.
Holborn Dining Room
If you’re indecisive about your tipple, head to Rosewood London in Holborn to sample a little something from the largest gin collection in London. The Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Room 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 here
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 here.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
If you grew up being a Jules Verne fan and particularly of his novel “Around the World in Eight Days”, you’ll be delighted to know that there is a Mayfair home of the famed adventurer, Phileas J. Fogg where you can enjoy unique and exquisitely-created cocktails inspired by his adventures across the globe.
Housing an impressive plethora of gins, tonics and botanicals, the refined space boasts the collection of over 150 gins, from known favourites to rare and uniquely selected gins.
To find out more visit their website here.
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 London gin 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 here.
This Notting Hill bar should be in your favourites. On the first floor of The Distillery – home of Portobello Road Gin – GinTonica sits alongside The Ginstitute’s museum and blending room, cocktail bar The Resting Room and London’s first gin hotel.
The gin menu could be described as exquisitely diverse, with spirits from Alicante, Brooklyn, Hamburg, Perth Camden and more, all served in a traditional “copa de balon” glass.
186 Portobello Rd, W11 1LA. Find out more here.
What could be better than an all-day bar and pizza joint near London Fields? Two of our favourite things can be found in one London gin bar. What makes this place particularly worth a visit is the impressive drinks, including a regularly changing array of 12 wines on tap, gin distilled on site and a swell cocktail list.
Should you come here hungry, you can munch on crispy-based wood-fired pizzas, with interesting toppings like honey and truffled pecorino (pizzas and snacks are also served through a hatch at the side of the building).
137 Mare St., E8 3RH. Find out more here.
They’ve got their own micro-brewery. They distill their own gin. They keep an escape game in the basement. There’s even a retro gaming room upstairs that lets you project “Street Fighter 2” across an entire wall.
And the games room? We defy you to find a more fun night out in Balham. It’s packed with ping-pong, table football, old arcade games and a totally nuts racing game.
51 Lavender Gardens, SW11 1DJ. Find out more here.
City of London Distillery
A host of new distilleries have opened across town but this one, in the City, doubles as a bar. There are experiences also on offer, such as distillery tours, tasting sessions, gin flight taster tours and a gin “lab” experience, where visitors can distill their very own gin.
Their gin bar is not the only thing that the City of London distillery is well-known for as their gins have been distinguished in competitions such as the Scottish Gin Awards 2018 and the World Gin Awards 2018, so definitely worth a visit for an unforgettable London gin experience.
22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT. Find out more here.
The Library Bar At the Ned
In this particular bar, you don’t just get your drinks served at the bar. Oh no no, you get them trollied. That’s what you get when you order the classic drink at this bar within plush City playground The Ned – a trolley rolled to your table.
As if that wasn’t enough to make you feel like an aristocrat the décor adds more to that with luxurious looking textiles and cushions complimenting this space.
The Ned 27 Poultry, EC3R 8AJ. Find out more here
Gin Journey – Private Gin Journey
Now this is an exciting London gin experience that you could enjoy with a group of friends if you’re willing to discover new places for gin in London.
The Private Gin Journey comprises visiting five gin inspired venues. You get taught how to taste gin as well as you get the opportunity to get insight into the history and production process of this spirit.
Location: East London / Shoreditch or Bermondsey and Notting Hill as per request.
Price: £120 per person (min 12 pax, max 32 pax per booking) | Duration: 4 hrs 30 mins per tour | Visit Gin Journey for more information.
Haymans Distillery Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look into how Haymans make their True English Gin.
This London gin experience includes a tutored tasting of their gin range as well as a guided tour of their working distillery as well as an introduction on how they make their gins.
Location: Hayman’s Distillery, 8a Weir Road, London, SW12 0NA | Price: £20 per person | Duration: 90 minutes | Visit Hayman’s for more information.
Classic Mini Cooper Gin Bar Adventure
This trip consists of stopping at the best gin bars and distilleries in Central London. In a Classic Mini Cooper!
The driver is all part of the gin experience (he won’t be drinking though so you can put your worries to rest). He’ll be a highly trained, local guide willing to show you London’s hidden gems.
Good news is that this London gin experience can be booked for groups of up to three people.
Location: London | Price: £285 | Duration: 2 hours min | Visit Inditute for more information.
Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour
Explore one of the most well-known gin brand’s distilleries escorted by a Brand Home Host who will explain the hand-crafted production process.
You will also be hosted to a tutored comparative tasting of some of Beefeater’s gins.
Location: 20 Montford Place, London, SE11 5DE | Price: £15.00 per person | Duration: 1.5 hour | Visit Beefeater for more information.
Sipsmith Distillery Tour London
Choose between two of Sipsmith’s London gin experiences including tours of the distillery as well as a tutored tasting of their range of spirits.
Oh and if you’re feeling a little bit fancy, you can also opt for a 3-course supper at Charlotte’s Bistro where you will continue your gin-filled experience.
Location: The Distillery, 83 Cranbrook Road, Chiswick , London W4 2LJ
Price: £25-£85 | Duration: 1.5 – 3.5 hours | Visit Sipsmith London for more information.
Gin Cocktail Making
Martello Hall Gin Making Masterclass
A great way to bring people together over what else gin as there will be cocktail making, a welcome featuring Prosecco, three gin cocktails and a “goodbye” Limoncello.
Expect to mix, shake and stir your cocktails with Martello Hall’s head bartender.
Location: Martelo Hall 137 Mare St, London, E8 3RH
Price: £40 per person | Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes | Visit Martello Hall for more information.
City of London Gin Lab Experience
Learn about distilling and the different botanicals, design your recipe and distill your very own personalised bottle of gin (70 cl) at City of London’s Gin Lab for an unforgettable London gin experience in gin-making.
Location: Location: 22-24 Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8DT | Price: £125 per person | Duration: 2 hours | Visit City of London for more information.
Mr Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery Gin Adventure
Embark on a fun voyage to gin learning and making, as you’re taken through the history of gin production before you’re tasked to produce your own gin using the EnGINe Room’s distillery.
Location: 37 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS
Price: £60 per person | Duration: 2 hours | Visit Mr Foggs for more information and bookings.
Gin Journey Gin Making Masterclass
Victory London Distillery’s gin making masterclass is perfect for private groups to enjoy an event in an intimate space.
The group will also distill their very own gin and take a bottle each home with them too which sounds like a splendid way to end a gin making masterclass.
Location: Victory London Distillery, in Seven Sisters alongside Five Miles bar-restaurant, nightclub and brewery.
Price: £100 per person | Duration: 3 to 4 hours | Visit Gin Journey London for more information and bookings.
The Brig – Merchant House
Soak up gin and tonics, various tasters and even an extremely rare gin from Merchant House’s private collection at one of the bar’s group masterclasses, running throughout this summer.
Get entertaining insights into the spirits, and taste your way through their finest selection of gins.
Location: City of London | Price: £50 per person | Visit The Brig for more information.
Half Hitch Micro Distillery
Taste a selection of hand-picked tipples by the master distiller. On top of that you can also make a unique gin by bringing your own ingredients.
Location: Half Hitch Micro-Distillery, Unit 53, Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF
Price: Tickets from £60.00 | For more information visit Half Hitch London.
The Marquis of Westminster
Stop by to taste the killer selection offered by Marquis of Westminster.
Additionally they feature a gin every month which by now has built up quite the rare and exclusive selection. Definitely worth checking out.
Location: The Marquis of Westminster, Pug & Dining Room, 50 Warwick Way, London, SW1V 1RY
For more information visit Marquis of Westminster
The Distillery – Gin Masterclass
Start this Masterclass by tasting four very different gins each paired with complimentary tonics, whilst experienced bartenders explain the history and heritage of this enticing tipple.
Location: Central London | Price: £35.00 | For more information visit The Distillery.
The London Gin Club
Offering a range of three different gin tasting events they allow you to explore The History of Gin, The Gin Cocktail Journey as well as explore the Gin Flavour Spectrum and Botanicals.
Location: The London Gin Club, 22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, London, W1F 8FR
Price: £32 per person | For more information visit The London Gin Club
Spirit of Gin Tour and Tasting – East Liquor Company
Hop on a voyage through the astonishing world of gin, from its ruinous past to its modern-day revival.
Gin and tonic in hand you will head behind the bar into the distillery to see how their gin is made.
From there, you will visit the tasting room for a spirits tasting starting with three of East London Liquor Company’s own gins, followed by contrasting world gins.
Price: £70 for two people
For more information visit East London Liquor Company.
The Distillery – Gin Hotel
If you’re looking for a gin-loving boutique hotel then head to the Gin Hotel.
The rooms are bright and quirky and come with a record player and a selection of vinyls so you can enjoy some old school music while making yourself the perfect G&T from the in-room gin bar.
Now if that doesn’t sound like the ideal vacation or stay-cation we don’t know what does.
Location: 186 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LA | Price: starts at £125 per night | Visit The Distillery for more information and bookings.