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The best bars for drinking gin in London

Mother's Day calls for mother's ruin. Here's where to knock back the best gin tipples in town

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London's best Irish bars and pubs

St Patrick's Day is on the way, so here's where to sup a pint of the black stuff

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The ten best new London bars

The drinks, service and setting of these drinking dens set our heart rates soaring in 2014

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The best quirky bars in public toilets

London is now fit to bursting with bars in what used to be bogs, so we've rounded up the best

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Eight London pubs we love

Eight Londoners – including Giles Coren and Amy Lamé – tell us why there's nowhere on earth like their favourite boozer

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Criterion

Two courses and a Sprizato cocktail: £20

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Red Fort

Tasting Menu: £49

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Redchurch Brewery Taproom

The bar never runs dry at this in-brewery venue.

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High Water

A ‘bartender’s bar’, now an established stop-off on the Dalston/Stokey strip.

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Meantime Tasting Rooms

Brand-new bar from a pioneering Londoner who has changed the way we drink.

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Cocktail Trading Company

The Cocktail Trading Company is hard to find. Wait, don’t stop reading! This isn’t hard to find as in fake-speakeasy/private-bar. It’s hard to find because it’s located in the basement of a differently named restaurant/bar, and the CTC signage is around the size of a cocktail napkin. The search is worth the effort. Descend the steep staircase and you’re in a diminutive room, moodily lit and eclectically decorated: showbiz caricatures, album covers and a huge portrait of Winston Churchill all feature. Each table (all twos and fours) has a beer mug full of shell-on peanuts sitting in an ashtray: a nice touch, as is the glass of London Tap that they bring unbidden. There are also bar snacks from the restaurant upstairs. Another feature of the décor is a cabinet full of trophies that the owners have won in cocktail competitions. The three of them have CVs that include some top-rung places, and it shows in CTC’s consummate professionalism. Service was prompt even with a full room, and exceptionally friendly. They bent over backwards to find a table for me, even though I was on my own. And the cocktails? Oh lord, the cocktails. I started out by requesting something non-alcoholic. They asked about my preferences, listened to the answer, and came back with one of the best drinks I’ve ever tasted – a complex concoction including apple juice, ginger and citrus. At £4, it cost less than a takeaway glass of juice from Pure. I then asked for a martini, ‘dry but not too dry’, made with

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Roll up for a barrel of laughs – and fermented apples. Time Out’s cider correspondent Phil Harriss reports on the boom in pubs serving artisanal ciders

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