Don’t waste the precious summer days hunting for London’s best gin and tonic — we’ve done the hard work for you. From micro-distilled brews to those made on site and award-winning cocktails, this is where you can sip the best gin in London.
Portobello Road has its own gin hotel, The Distillery, which as you’d expect has its own gin bar, Gintonica, where it serves the gin made on site alongside a global selection of botanicals. There are also workshops on site where you can learn to make your own gin to take away and rooms upstairs should you have too many.
Holborn Dining Room holds the distinction of being London’s largest gin bar. Not only are there 400 gins and over 27 types of tonic, the bar also makes its own secret tonic, gin cocktails and even gin pairings with the food.
The London Gin Club has over 300 small batch and micro-distilled gin and the guys behind it are self-confessed gin geeks. There’s little they don’t know about Mother’s Ruin. Pop into this den in Soho and get lost amongst the French vibe signage and mismatched tables. It may be small but make sure you don’t overlook this tiny spot — it serves one of the best G&Ts in town.
Head back to a more refined time with Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour. You’ll be escorted to a a cross between a Victorian living room and a gentlemen’s club for a full on gin lover’s experience. You can also do a gin safari here — tasting six different gins over a couple of hours and learning about the different botanicals.
East London Liquor Company, Grove Road | Courtesy of East London Liquor Comany
The East London Liquor Company may be located in a car park in East London, but it’s well worth the trek, as these guys make their own gin on site and have a delicious range of gin based cocktails. You can book a tour of the distillery, do gin tasting or just rock up and drink in this laid back bar. We highly recommend the Spring in My Step cocktail.
Four Thieves in Battersea is part micro-distillery, part pub, and part outside venue, but it’s 100% fun. Pop down in the summer for brunches, pub games, comedy, and cocktails with a real focus on the gin. As well as the stuff made on site, there are around 400 other gin and tonic combos. That’s enough to see us through the summer.
The Worship Street Whistling Shop in Shoreditch feels like a secret. It’s a dark cellar bar with a Victoriana theme but it knocks out stellar gin cocktails like there’s no tomorrow. Its award winning menu changes with the seasons — currently it’s inspired by an old school atlas.