Joes of London, it’s time to get your juniper on! That’s because it’s officially World Gin Day. And the only way we know how to celebrate such an occasion is by to heading out to one of the capitals best gin bars. But to save you the search, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best gin bars/distilleries/joints in London!
The Gin Bar
Location: Holborn Dining Room, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN.
Nearest Tube: Holborn
We couldn’t really start anywhere else but juniper joint, ‘The Gin Bar’. Located at the stylish Holborn Dining Room, the aptly named The Gin Bar unsurprisingly offers up the largest collection of gin in London. “How big?”, we hear you ask. Well, probably bigger than you think. With upwards of 14,000 possible gin and tonic pairings, this gaff stocks over 500 gins and 30 tonics from well-known international brands to small-batch and local distillers. What more could you want?!
Location: 214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ.
Nearest Tube: Borough
Bermondsey is famed for its unassuming drinking establishments, and while beer takes precedent in these parts, gin is also well represented thanks to 214 Bermondsey. Found under Antico restaurant, this secret gin bar takes its G&Ts very seriously. So much so, they’ve only gone and made their own tonic. BTW; a smooth, crisp tasting mixer with none of the cloying bitter-sweetness of other tonics. Alongside a weekly changing menu, 214 also offers up a blind gin flight of different types of G&Ts so you can test your juniper knowledge.
GinTonica @ The Distllery
Location: The Distillery, 186 Portobello Road, W11 1LA.
Nearest Tube: Westbourne Park
Think you’re mad about gin? The folks at The Distillery dedicated a whole hotel to the stuff! Situated at the end of Portobello Road, GinTonica is the dedicated G&T bar at the ‘gin hotel’ and serves up gigantic gin and tonics the Spanish way – in copa de balón glassware complete with garnishes described as ‘gin salad’. We’d whole-heartedly recommend getting your hands on the house gin, Portobello Road, but they stock over 100 gins from around the world, so there’s no shortage of choice.
Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour
Location: 1 New Row, WC2N 4EA.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
For some true London eccentricity, head up the stairs at Mr. Fogg’s rowdy Soho beer tavern and enjoy his Gin Parlour. Complete with a chaise-longue or three, velvet curtains and a plethora of trinkets, there are around 315 bottles of gin behind the bar, each of which can be served in a fancy cocktails. You can also indulge with a selection of home-made and authentically Victorian sweet and savoury delicacies.
Location: Unit 18, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ.
Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central
On the other side of spectrum, if you’re after some high class gin with no frills attached, an industrial site in Walthamstow is the place to. Based in an airy World War One munitions factory building, Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace opens its door at the weekend to host a tiny cocktail bar. As well as an ever expanding collection of gins – 70 at the last count – these guys also specialise in making fruit liqueurs. If you’re a fan of sloe gin, this is the place to bed.
The London Gin Club
Location: 22 Great Chapel Street, W1F 8FR.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Incredibly popular among the trendy Soho sorts as well as tourists, The London Gin Club might look like any other central London pub from the outside. But step inside and you’ll find a 1930’s gin shrine which sells nearly 270 different types of the stuff. The Gin Club’s G&Ts are served in huge goblets (and always with double measures) and their cocktail recipes date back to the 1800s. The tonic, and even the garnish, are meticulously thought out to match perfectly with your gin weapon of choice.
Location: Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SN.
Nearest Tube: Tooting Broadway
If you’ve not headed south of the river recently, you may not be aware just how much Tooting is on the rise. And like all up and coming London ends, it’s also got its own trendy gin distillery and bar on Tooting Market. Graveney Gin’s organic, handcrafted batch gin is made on site and sold at their nano bar that serves everything Graveney Gin as well as other small craft gins from across the world. If you’re new to gin or ‘gaining experience’, they’ll even guide you through the whole tasting process. How very London.
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