The Handbook
By Fran Hazell | 26th July 2017

With the popularity of gin comes the increased number of bars all claiming to be gin experts or supposedly boasting London’s largest gin collections. We’ve looked beyond the obvious ‘gin bars’ and have picked the destinations that you may have overlooked. From monthly gin and jazz to gin tastings with the experts, here are our pick of the gin places you may have not previously considered.

St Pancras

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Pop-Up Gin Bar

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel are paying tonic as much attention as the gin with their Fever-Tree summer pop-up. The ‘Ultimate Gin & Tonic Summer Bar’ will help gin lovers discover new flavours and future favourites, to the backdrop of live music and (hopefully) some sun to get you in the gin drinking mood. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm-10pm, from 8th June until 26th August.

Where: Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras International (0 miles)


Boutique Mayfair Gin

Tucked away in Mayfair, Hush is a strong bar destination in its own right but for gin lovers it holds another secret. Bar Director Pedro Solorzano has created their own London distilled gin with flavours of jasmine lotus, tonic beans and lavender. Try it in their ‘Hush & Tonics’ as well as their Gin & Jam afternoon tea which, as the name suggests, spices up the classic tea time experience with unique cocktails.

Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)

Park Chinois

The Most Expensive Gin in the World

Park Chinois take their gin seriously. In fact, they stock the most expensive gin in the world (Nolet Silver Dry Gin – a Dutch variety) and have come up with a specific serve for the other 16 gins stocked so the tonic and garnish suit the spirit perfectly. If you’d rather a cocktail then you’ll be in safe hands with their bestselling Clover Club, made with Half Hitch Gin, or keep it simple with a gin Martini.

Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

St Martins Lane Den

St Martins Lane

Drinking gin in an oak-panelled snug seems pretty ideal. The Den at St Martins Lane is a quirky spot for a quintessentially British tipple over a game of backgammon or catch up with a friend. Quirky artwork on the walls may make you feel a little tipsier than you actually are so drink wisely.

Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)

The Marylebone

Sipsmith Gin Masterclass

The Marylebone hotel have teamed up with top London distillery, Sipsmith, to celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday 10th June. An exclusive gin masterclass will be hosted by Richard Hamer and see guests try The London Dry Gin, The London Cup and The Sloe Gin as they also sample light bites. After the time, the hotel’s 108 Bar next door will continue to serve classic gin-based serves as well as their own versions; 108 Garden is made with Beefeater, elderflower, fresh mint, cucumber, apple and cherry bitters.

Where: 47 Welbeck Street, London, United Kingdom W1G 8DN
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)

The Rubens at the Palace

30 Gins

In the heart of Westminster, The Cavalry Bar at The Rubens at the Palace boasts a collection of 30 gins. Try the (imaginarily titled) Rubens at the Palace Gin with notes of coriander, cardamom, pink pepper and Yorkshire tea – how very British. Other gins in their collection include Martin Millers, Elephant Gin and City of London Dry Gin so get tasting…

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)


Gin and Meat

If you’re tired of the classic G&T (how can you ever tire of it…the combinations are endless?) then you’ll want to try the likes of Cucumber Sour, Lemon Curd Collins and English Summer Garden; the new summer gin cocktails created by the team at MeatUp in Wandsworth. It’s not just meat they’re good at… Oh, and if you visit between 5-7pm Monday – Friday or all day Saturday (until 7pm) then you can nab your cocktails half price.

Where: 350 Old York Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 1SS, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Wandsworth Town (0.1 miles)

InterContinental London Park Lane

Gin and Jazz

The Arch Bar at The InterContinental London Park Lane has a collection of over 40 gins – that’s a lot of G&Ts to work your way through. Do so steadily, with a little help from the seasonal cocktails to get you started – one of the most popular is the Prudence, named after the Sipsmith copper distillery pot and inspired by the classic gimlet; Sipsmith gin, fresh basil and citrus vermouth. Go one step further and attend one of their monthly Gin & Jazz evenings that combine live, golden age jazz with a tribute menu and classic cocktails.

Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Gin With a View

Underground bars are all well and good but sometimes you want a view with your G&T. Gillray’s Bar boasts views of the Houses of Parliament across the river but look down at the table in front of you for your choice of gin cocktail, made with one of their 80 gins… It’s not only the view they boast. Try their homemade sloe gin or the barman’s favourite; Uncorking Old Sherry with sloe gin, cherry brand and a barrel-aged sherry.

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)



Scandinavian Gin Tasting

Whoever said that gin was only a London thing? Aster celebrate Finnish and Swedish gins at weekly tasting events in the upstairs area of their restaurant every Wednesday evening. Sample their food while you’re at it – guests will receive a selection of Nordic bar bites from the Deli – and become a gin connoisseur, every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm. To celebrate World Gin Day (10th June), guests can try the adventurous Elderflower Mint and Matcha cocktail, or Rose Soda, made with gin, rose petal syrup and egg white.

Where: 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB, United Kingdom

Launceston Place

Bespoke Gin

What’s better than serving a strong selection of gins? Serving your own bespoke gin of course. Launceston Place created their own gin over at Portobello Road Ginstitute, with the aim of being a good fit in everything from Martini to G&T. The result? Lemon peel, liquorice root, lapsang souchong tea, nutmeg and more. Basically just a bloody good gin.

Where: 1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Gloucester Road (0.5 miles)