We don’t need to tell you how much Londoners love gin – that one is a given. What we can tell you though is that you should forget the places which claim to have the largest gin selection in London because from next Monday that title will go to the Holborn Dining Room at Rosewood London with the launch of their Gin Bar.
With a British emphasis to the restaurant in general, it only seems fitting that their next spirit offering embodies a very British love and so the walls will be adorned with 400 different gins. Yes, 400. The Gin library will feature over a hundred gins distilled in the UK such as the Northumberland Gin Company’s Steam Punk Gin and the award-winning Japanese-inspired Jinzu which is a London Dry gin with hints of cherry blossom and Junmai sake. International gins will include the likes of Buss no.509 White Rain – a gin made from Belgian botanicals and a cognac-based gin Pink-Pepper with spicy notes.
It will also host other types of gins such as those which have had colours and flavourings added to them post distillation such as the Pinkster raspberry gin and more unusual offerings like Finland’s Kyrö small-batch Rye gin. Want a classic gin cocktail, they’ll be mixing those up as well think Vespas and Aviation. They’re also be 20 genevers – which if you didn’t know is gin’s predecessor and is in fact the inspiration for the term ‘Dutch Courage’, see you’re learning something new every day.
Of course to drink the gin you’ll need tonic water and at The Gin Bar they’ll have no less than 27 tonic waters including everything from Merchant’s Heart to Fever Tree and a signature tonic made in house with a top secret recipe. So with 400 gins and 27 tonic waters apparently there will be 14,035 different combinations – we tried to do the maths, we couldn’t but basically there will be a lot. So if you’re indecisive you’re going to need to work on that. Prices will range from £9 for a Rathbone Dry Gin up to £52 for the rare 1950s Taplows London Dry Gin.
Get ready for your love of gin to reach new heights, get ready to become an expert in gin and get ready for your new favourite drinking spot.
The Gin Bar: Opens 18th April, Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN, www.rosewoodhotels.com