The London Gin Club

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Soho
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
The London Gin Club

This gin specialist at Soho's Star at Night bar serves more than 130 varieties of the spirit, plus gin cocktails.

When is it easy to find an empty seat at the London Gin Club? Only on Sundays and Mondays, when this Soho bar is closed. If you need proof that gin is the current It Girl among London’s liquid lovelies, come here any other evening of the week without a booking, and try to get a seat. More fool you.

The Gin Club sells nearly 200 gins, and there are four ways to order it. G&Ts are poured in double measures and start from £8, but breaking the two-digit barrier gets you more unusual gins. Served in whacking great goblets, each gin with a particular brand of tonic, they look fabulous and make a foolproof Friday-night muscle relaxant.

Then there’s a cocktail list, majoring on classics (negronis, collinses) but with some of their own inventions as well. Check out their list of ‘ginfusions’ too – the Broker’s gin brand vigorously mixed with different flavourings before being served as a G&T.

For the hardcore curious, there are tasting menus: four or eight gins, served on trays, for those who like to compare and contrast. Prices start from £25, and after talking you through your menu, the staff will leave you to sip in peace. Unless you want them to hang around.

If this all sounds a bit gin-geeky, don’t be put off. The atmosphere is that of a bar, not a laboratory or place of worship. The room is high-ceilinged and moodily lit. You may come here for the love of gin, but you’ll stay for the love of life.

By: Richard Ehrlich

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Venue name: The London Gin Club
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Address: 22 Great Chapel Street
Soho
London
W1F 8FR
Opening hours: Open Tues-Fri 4pm–11pm; Sat noon-11pm.
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road.
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tastemaker

So glad we decided to book in a slot at the London Gin Club. We decided to go for the Flavour Tasting Gin Spectrum, meaning we had 8 different gins, from dry to sweet, spice to savoury. Our waitress was very helpful, and advised us to drink in batches of four. As there was four of us, it was great fun! We were swapping drinks, tasting, adding some tonic to get the taste we liked, and also learnt about different garnishes to suit each gin.


The place itself is quite cosy, on a hot Summer's afternoon it was quite stuffy. Though the gin helped to quench our thirst. Everyone had an enjoyable time, and recommend to anyone who likes a bit of gin! :)



tastemaker

A brilliant destination for any gin lovers. An intimate small bar with old school decor and an excellent selection of gin! All can be purchased in the form of gin and tonics with garnishes selected to suit the gin you've chosen. Staff are knowledgable and friendly. Make sure you book though, tables are limited and it's always full!

tastemaker

If you like gin, this place is a must.  I was worried that this bar was going to be uppity and pretentious, but it is anything but - it's chilled out and laid back and allows the gins to be the real draw.  The bar staff were really helpful and gave us some great recommendations - they really know their gins and are more than happy to help others learn.  Make sure to book a table beforehand as it gets busy.

tastemaker

Yes, yes, yes! For years I've been wanting somewhere to serve Gins as tapas style tasting trays with accoutrements and respective botanicals alongside for tasting aids... or so I would like to think. The London Gin Club has a great vibe, a speakeasy-esque atmosphere as the bar takes over what was a Café during the day, but it doesn't try too hard. A wide selection of gins across both modest and expensive price ranges as well as a pretty decent charcuterie board too. Well worth doing the tasting menu!

tastemaker

Had a fantastic time at the London Gin Club last night! We tried the navy strength tasting menu followed by the original tasting board - both were ace and a great way to try 8 new gins each! Glasses are more like goblets full of icebergs and the downstairs bunker had a fabulous atmosphere. Highly recommend (although feeling delicate this morning...)

tastemaker

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday as he loves Gin, I myself find the stuff disgusting. However, I was open to giving it another go in the hope that I would discover a love for it. The place is a really small and cosy pub just off Oxford Street. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. It's table service, so if you want to come here I'd advice you make a reservation beforehand as you'd be lucky to get a table without one. Once seated, you can then order gin based cocktails or one of their gin tasting options. There are 3 options at £27 which we were told are better per person so we opted for the full tasting experience at £55. We got 8 different kinds of gins, tonic water and garnishes. We were then advised by the bar man on how best to try each one. We were constantly given tonic water when we ran out and fresh glasses with ice whenever we wanted. Overall it was a great experience, my boyfriend thought it was the best present anyone had given him! So if you know any gin drinkers who have birthdays coming up and you can't decide what to get them then this would be a great present. I also discovered a love of gin! I did not enjoy it straight, they advise you to do with every type before pouring tonic in. With the tonic water and the added garnishes though, it was pretty damn good. I can finally say I don't mind a gin and tonic :)

tastemaker

I went with a friend to the London Gin Club this last Saturday evening. We got really lucky they had a table for us at the main floor as we did not have booked.


The menu is impressive, but classified for you to be able to pick more easily the Gin you will prefer!

I tried two, both really good, but my preference goes to the Monkey 47! Really really good discovery!


In case of you are a bit hungry, you can choose between a charcuterie or a cheese board which are really good value for the quality.


The staff is really nice even if they were quite busy with all the tables being taken.


I would highly recommend you to try the London Gin Club, especially if you are a Gin fan! But don't expect to be as lucky as we were, and think of booking a table in advance!

Tastemaker

Have walked past this countless times in my life and finally made it in (via a reservation - make sure to reserve ahead) As you'd expect the gin menu is impressive and extensive with something to cover all tastes. 4 of us each had a cocktail before ordering a second and then moving on to food. It's  a fiver for a small pie which is pretty fabulous. Packed with flavour, well cooked and the perfect small dish to accompany your numerous gin based beverages! We also shared a few of the smaller sides - chips, chorizo etc then had the chocolate board adn the marshmallows for dessert. The choclate was flavoured with gin botanical inspired infusions of flavours was quite wonderful. Delicate yet easy enough to identify even without being told what they were. A delicious way to end the meal. And prices were very reasonable too. I also loved all the vintage signage around- tube posters, olden day adverts, foreign advertising items too. Such a homely feel to the place that I would definitely recommend. 

Tastemaker

These guys seriously know their gin! The elaborate menu may make the gin novice feel lost but ask the friendly wait staff for advice and you can't go wrong. Their gin-fusions are divine, somewhere between a G&T and a cocktail, I opted for the apple rhubarb and ginger one and it did not disappoin.

They also serve some appetizing looking small plates but we just went for some old fashioned olives to complement the gin.


Word of warning: Table MUST be reserved, I had booked weeks in advance and they may as well put on their door do not accept walk ins as the place was completely fully booked and it was only a Tuesday evening. But if you book in advance, you can't be disappointed. Pricey, but in line with London drinks and nice for a treat.


This was a fantastic find. We booked a table for a few gin and tonics before dinner , which is recommened as it gets pretty busy. The staff here were very welcoming and well informed about gin and the service was excellent. We'd mentioned it was an anniversary celebration and they gave us a miniature bottle of gin!  I'd highly recommend The London Gin Club. It's not often you get genuine friendly service in Soho coupled with expert knowledge. If you like gin this place is a must. Thank you London Gin Club for making our night a lovely one


Truly obnoxious service. I've now tried this place twice, and never again. The first time we had a booking, and the service was so slow we finally had to order from the bar even though there was allegedly table service. That would have been fine, except when we tried to order a second drink they told us our time was up and kicked us out, even though it was their fault we weren't getting served. The second time we showed up early in the evening and they said we could have a table until 6:30. After we ordered a round they told us they needed the table back earlier than they thought and we'd have to drink up and be out by 6. Will never go back to this rude, unprofessional place which can't even manage its own bookings. There are plenty of other good, friendly gin joints in London.

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