Gin. Three letters, a single word, and one very powerful meaning. It’s the drink we sip on in Summer, the tipple we taste pre-dinner, and the spirit we always want more of, in all its weird and wonderful forms. So, without further ado ahead of World Gin Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy the drink across the capital.
London Gin Club
Perhaps an obvious choice given the name – London Gin Club has over 350 gins on offer, and with a selection like that its definitely peruse-worthy. Housed in The Star which was first established in 1933, it began as a cocktail bar where people loved the gin so much that…well, here we are today.
Their version of Christmas Day, World Gin Day falling this Saturday will see the club promote their World Gin tasting menu, with a selection of gins from across the globe to send your tastebuds for a ginny good time.
Where: The London Gin Club, 22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, W1F 8FR
Gillrays not only provide striking gins, but striking views too, with the option to sip whilst taking in the views of the London Eye. Famed for their eclectic selection of over 100 gins, its the perfect spot for those finding Gordon’s rather tiresome…
This World Gin Day, Gillrays will start off events with a series of masterclasses, inclusive of Free G&T during their free gin hour from 6-7pm, now that’s an incentive to get down and get ginning.
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
If you like to strip back to tradition, the Coburg Bar is ideal, with cosy upholstery and tones that provide that country house feel, despite being in the city. It’s dark, cosy and intimate, peppered with leather chairs and an extensive drinks list. Their Ramos gin fizz certainly has our head turned…oh, and everything else.
Where: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
Quite the hidden gem, Gintonica’s interior is as vibrant and eyecatching as their list of gins. They believe, and quite rightly so, that the Copa de Balón is, a 21oz glass goblet (which literally translates as a balloon glass), is underrated. The style of serve began its life as a way of keeping G&Ts cold in the hot kitchens of the Basque region.
With their gin selection coupled with a high attention to detail, its worth a visit.
Where: 186 Portobello Rd, W11 1LA
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
Behold the gin parlour of the eccentric British adventurer, Phileas J. Fogg. The interior is the epitome of quirky and unique, filled with homely curiosities, providing a cosy atmosphere to try the range of gins, tonics and botanicals with a collection of over 150 gins.
Where: 1 New Row, WC2N 4EA
With over 100 gins on offer, 214 Bermondsey really do practice what they preach. Popping up during London’s ‘ginaissance’ circa 2014, the gin bar boasts a cosy and rustic atmosphere.
Where: 214 Bermondsey St, SE1 3TQ
Mixing a grand gin selection with urban art, Graphic bar is a stylish place to sip, where gin certainly is the word. Located in Soho, visitors can enjoy gin in amongst the buzz, surrounded by work by artists including Ben Allen, Jim Sharp, Ben Eine and Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger.
Where: Graphic, 4 Golden Square, W1F 9HT
Taking a scroll through Purl’s gin images will make you want to stop whatever it is you’re doing to go down and get tasting. Purl uses their very own kumquat infused gin, which is distilled in Bimber’s distillery. One particularly eye catching gin-based cocktail is Mind the Gap, aptly named…although those three words might also send shivers down the spine, surfacing thoughts of the morning commute! Trust us, this Mind the Gap is sure to put a smile on your face. The cocktail uses Purl London dry gin, kamm & sons aperitif, elderflower tonic, lemon, angostura and orange syrup.
Where: 50-54 Blandford Street, West End W1U 7HX
The Elgin - Geronimo Inns
Situated in the iconic Notting Hill, we can’t promise you’ll bump into Julia Roberts, but we can promise an wide array of gins, that can be enjoyed in a spacious listed bar with that weekend atmosphere you crave.
Where: 96 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PY
Something a little different, perhaps suggested by the name and image, Bounce has ping pong at the forefront, allowing you to enjoy your gin whilst doing something completely different. If too much sitting after the work day makes you want to enjoy a drink in a quirkier setting, this one is for you.
Where: 241 Old Street, EC1V 9EY
With their very own Canova Hall gin at the forefront, it’s no surprise they’ve launched their own gin distiller, and about time too! The gin is made using the custom-made copper still crafted in Portugal, gifting guests with zingy spirits made from the gins orris root, coriander and lavender flower flavours.
Where: 250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BQ