Get ready to pencil something in your diary! On the 19th of October (this Saturday) it is international Gin and Tonic day. To celebrate this special day, we have the top five spots in London to get a delicious Gin and Tonic. By the end of this, you will be a gin expert and know all the perfect tonic pairings.
27 D’arblay Street, London, W1F 8EP
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 12pm-11pm
Copita is nestled into the streets of Soho and immerses you into the laid back Spanish culture of tapas. Whether you are standing up or on stools, this upbeat bar has created a relaxed environment, with quality food and an assorted drinks menu. There is a menu dedicated just to Gin and Tonics, and we hear the San Sebastian style gin is one to try. See the menu here.
Image: Time Out
22-24 Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8DT
Nearest tube: Blackfriars
Opening Times: Distillery| Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Bar| Monday to Saturday 4pm-11pm
This bar first opened in December 2012 and is often referred to as the COLD bar. This hidden treasure is a retro, speakeasy cocktail bar with an ambient atmosphere, created by the candle light bouncing off the copper still of the distillery, the perfect back drop to do a spot of gin tasting. If you want to become an expert, why not book onto their Gin Lab experience, where you will learn about distilling, pairings with different botanicals and even design and distil your own personalised bottle of gin. Prices start from £125 and you can check availability here.
Image: Chapel Downs Gin Distillery
Goods Way, King Cross, London, N1C 4UR
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross St. Pancras
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-11.30pm, Sunday:12pm-9pm
This bar not only offers great gin, its location is pretty great too. Ideally situated canal side, Gin Works has 3 floors to choose from. The ground floor is where ‘Helga’ is situated, a large copper still, although this is not yet used to make Gin. Therefore, we recommend heading up to the first floor to the cocktail bar and heading to the stunning terrace and tasting rooms that are overlooking the Regents Canal. Enjoy a range of premium spirits, alongside gin tastings at this superb venue.
Image: Time Out
186 Portobello Road, London, W111LA
Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove
Opening Times: Monday to Tuesday:11am-12pm, Wednesday-Saturday 12pm to 1am, Sundays 12pm-12am
With more than a 100 gins to choose from, Gintonica should definitely be on your list when you want a Gin and Tonic. Located on the first floor of the distillery, the home to Portobello Road Gin, Gintonica is London’s first gin hotel. That’s right, gin everywhere. Whilst you can get a gin paired with fancy garnishes, it is the more flamboyant cocktails that have caught our eye. In particular the house gin that is served with grapefruit marmalade and blue tonic water! See their full menu here.
Image: Mr Foggs Gin Parlour
1 New Row, London, WC2N 4EA
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 4.01pm-11.31pm, Friday 1.31pm-12.01am, Saturday 1.01pm-12.01am, Sunday 1.01pm-11.01pm
If there is one word to describe Mr Foggs Gin Parlour it would be eclectic. Full of adorning ornaments and trinkets hung on the wall and over 200 gins served, you will never get bored of stepping in each and every time. This West-End saloon is dressed with upholstered chairs and the gin menu is an encyclopaedia, where you can have your favourite tipple made. And if you are willing to splash the cash why not try their signature cocktail, Oscar’s Wild Raspberries…it only costs £15.
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