London is considered the “go-to city” for gin lovers due to its long and disreputable history of gin drinking.
Other than bars and pubs that serve our favourite spirit, gin palaces could also be considered when wanting to enjoy gin out of the house.
Known for their lavish décor, there are numerous gin palaces in London and here are a few we think you should know about.
The Gin Palace
Located in the heart of London, The Gin Palace is a calm and elegant bar where people can discover tons of different cocktails.
With a range of over 30 gins, The Gin Palace is the perfect place to discover brand new cocktails or re-discover new ones.
Their talented mixologists prepare cocktails with the best ingredients to always obtain the perfect mix. Visitting this is ideal for after-work drinks, pre-dinner cocktails or special celebrations with friends.
Location: 372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ | Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 16.00 – 01.00, Sunday: Closed | For more information and bookings visit their website.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace
This groovy little cocktail bar and distillery is based in an airy World War One munitions factory building in Walthamstow, in East London.
Only open at the weekends, the mixologists mix up all kinds of delicious cocktails showcasing their award-winning liqueurs while they also serve up the perfect G&T with their bespoke aromatic Old Tom gin.
You can also browse through their ever expanding collection of gins which, so far, goes above 80.
Location: Unit 18, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernall St Walthamstow, London, E17 9QH | Opening hours: Fridays 6 pm – 12 am, Saturdays 12 pm – 12 am, Sundays 2 pm – 8 pm | For more information visit their website.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
Another quirky bar that can be found in bustling Soho, above Mr Fogg’s tavern. This is a gin bar with a taste for the finer things in life. Inspired by a Victorian drawing room, Mr Fogg’s is a dapper experience.
With over 300 gins to choose from and G & Tea cocktails that come served in teapots, let’s just say there is something for every guest’s taste.
Location: 1 New Rox, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4EA | For more information and bookings visit their website.
The London Gin Club
The London Gin Club was set up by dedicated gin drinkers back in March 2012 so fellow gin-o-philes could go and enjoy exceptional gins in this relaxed Soho bar.
Their aim is to provide their guests with a fabulous gin drinking experience in a relaxed and convivial environment such as that of this London gin palace.
If you’re unsure what to try just ask one of their experienced bartenders as they will definitely be able to point you towards the right direction.
Location: 22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, London, W1F 8FR | Opening hours: Mon: Closed, Tues – Fri: 4 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 1 pm – 11 pm, Sun: Closed | For more information and bookings visit their website.
Right in the heart of the capital, near St Paul’s, the Viaduct Tavern is surrounded by some of London’s most historic landmarks.
Step into this traditional Gin Palace in London with an ever increasing variety of gins and have one of your all-time favourite G&Ts or if you’re feeling adventurous why not try something new?
Location: 126 Newgate St, London, EC1A 7AA | Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 11 pm, Saturday – Sunday: Closed | For more information and bookings visit their website.
City of London Distillery – Cold Bar
Referred to as a hidden treasure, this is a retro, speakeasy-style cocktail bar that overlooks the striking copper stills of the City of London Distillery.
The flickering candles and faint aroma of gin vapour that hangs in the air all add to the bar’s unique and cosy atmosphere.
In addition you can book one of their various tours as well as design your own tipple in their first-rate Gin Lab. In this gin paradise you’re guaranteed to have a lovely day out.
Location: 22-24 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8DT | Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 4 pm – 11 pm | For more information and bookings visit their website.
Find a curated list of 100 gins from around the world, matched with complementary mixers and garnishes allowing the character of each to flourish.
Alongside this sits a collection of simple, flavourful cocktails with a Spanish twist, created by their resident cocktail gurus, using traditional ingredients, flavours & methods from the region.
Location: 186 Portobello Rd, W11 1LA | Opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 5 pm – 1 am, Friday – Saturday 12 pm – 1 am, Sunday – Monday: Closed | For more information and bookings visit their website.