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The best bars for drinking gin in London

London gin bars are multiplying as this spirit ditches its mother’s ruin reputation and gains some serious street cred thanks to cool craft distilleries

Scores of gin distilleries have been cropping up across the UK in recent years, with a new class of drink artisans helping re-popularise what was once the preserve of Dickensian down-and-outers. So where are the best places to procure a G&T in town? Here’s our list of the best gin bars in London.

Have we missed out your favourite bar for a gin tipple? Tell us in the comment box below.

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Gin bars in London

City of London Distillery

City of London Distillery (COLD) joined the gang of new age gin artisans when it set up shop in 2012. Head along to the bar and you can look on at copper stills while enjoying City of London Dry Gin among plenty of other international brands.

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Coburg Bar

Although Coburg Bar doesn’t quite focus on the spirit as such, it stocks a gullet-warming range of London dry gins from the likes of Tanqueray and Plymouth, as well as from craft distillers Sacred, Sipsmith and Fifty Pounds. Try it in one of the bar’s exquisitely executed classic cocktails, like the martinez.

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East London Liquor Company


This wicked little distillery in an east London carpark by the canal (yep, very hip) serves up stunning gin cocktails that feature the drink as created on site, as well as a whole host of other juniper drinks. Sip on them up at the bar while looking onto the two large copper stills working away in the back room.

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Mile End

Four Thieves


Did somebody say Gin Yard? Get to the great outdoors – okay, covered terrace – at The Four Thieves, a Battersea pub with its own micro-distillery. The fun-time boozer has more than 45 other types of gin behind the bar, too, complemented by a spread of botanicals and tonics.

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Clapham Junction

The Gibson


This bar is named after a type of martini. Not any old martini – one served with a pickled onion instead of the typical olive or twist. As such, expect a fair few gin-based concoctions that pack a punch and add a splash of inventiveness. Make ours an Electric Earl, with Tanqueray No. Ten and ‘electric bitters’ that make your tongue tingle.

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Old Street



How’s this for getting your gin fix? GinTonica is a bar dedicated to G&Ts that sits inside west London’s very own ‘gin hotel’ The Distillery. They serve whopping gin and tonics the Spanish way – in copa de balón glassware complete with garnishes they describe as gin salad. It may not count towards your 10 a day, but it’ll have you feeling a bit of alright in no time. Be sure to try the house gin, Portobello Road.

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Holborn Dining Room

Venue says: “A pie kitchen by day, an exclusive dining room by night.The Pie Room is available for private hire,every evening, for up to ten people.”

This restaurant caused a bit of a sensation earlier in the year when it declared itself as the best-stocked gin bar in London. But not only do they have over 400 types of gin to explore, but they also have 27 different types of tonic too. That's probably too many G&T combinations for just one sitting, sadly.

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Little Bird Gin at Maltby Street Market

Every Saturday this cheeky gin brand (complete with a red-headed pin-up girl as its logo) hosts a pop up bar at Maltby Street Market where hungover punters can procure a ferociously spicy bloody mary for just £5 or explore their other amazing gin cocktails for the same amazing price to pair with street food staples.

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The London Gin Club


Incredibly popular (booking strongly advised), this northern Soho bar sells nearly 200 gins. Drink it in G&Ts (poured in double measures and served in whacking great goblets), in classic cocktails, in ‘ginfusions’, or tasting menus comprising four or eight gins, served on trays. Gin-geeks will absolutely adore this place, but the lively atmosphere is that of a party-time bar, not a laboratory.

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Martello Hall


Another trendy upstart with a micro-distillery on site, Martello Hall brings mother’s ruin to the Hackney masses, rustled up in a cute copper still named Nicola. Five banging takes on the gin and tonic sit side-by-side on the menu with gin cocktails, including a Martello Bramble and a Lavender Bird made from Little Bird gin, rhubarb soda and lavender bitters.

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A decade ago, vodka was hip and drinking gin marked you out as fatally uncool. Now vodka’s star has waned while gin’s has soared to the highest heights of hipsterdom. London has a dozen gin distilleries; a growing number of bars specialise in it (see The London Gin Club for starters); tickets for the Junipalooza event (June 13 and 14) sold out weeks in advance. But here are six other amazing ways to participate and distil your knowledge.

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By: Laura Richards


Katie H

Also missing is the Oliver Conquest - an East London pub with 260 gins and counting. Staff who can guide you through the selection are amazing - one to make the pilgrimage to Aldgate East for!

jj f

And by the way, there is one more real gin palace in London, the Viaduct in Farringdon. Gin is served with chipped ice, looks amazing! As a gin lover I've been there a few times plus yeah, there are a few more places in London to enjoy gin so I don't understand this list at all.

Bazza P

LOL this is hilarious. No disrespect to the bars on this list, but I'm really glad I read all these comments because I was about to fire off a lunatic rant about how you've failed to even mention the best gin bar in the entire UK, the London Gin Club in soho. I live in flippin' Sydney and even I know that's the best place to go. There are six bars on this list?! For all of London?! And you missed the actual bullseye?! Here's a tip to help out next time: google "gin bar london" and hey look there it is. 

richard b

Will time out respond ?, will their editors and researchers agree with the general public, this is an iconic brand focussed on what is good and great in London, an over sight indeed, I hope they hold their hand up and re address the situation

Claire S

This article should be renamed 'Gin Bars that are Inferior to The London Gin Club'. Your researcher needs to get out more.


I have to agree with previous posters - why no London Gin Club?? It's basically THE place to go for a G&T...

delilah B

This has hugely overlooked the importance of the London Gin Club, which should by all rights be atop of this list! How could you miss off a bar that serves londons best G&T, from a selection of over two hundred and knowledgable staff that would be happy to talk you through each and everyone one of them. 

Mark M

How has The London Gin Club failed to have been mentioned? An immense oversight on London's gin hotspots!

Dan H

I couldn't agree more with the comments below - I mean was this. Research article or just something fucked together? Get your act together if you want to be taken seriously and respected. Anyone who loves gin should know about The London Gin Club. Sort it out.

Sara B

Makes no sense that you draw attention to bars on the list, such as Coburg bar, where you acknowledge that the ‘ bar doesn’t quite focus on the spirit as such’, where you fail to mention bars like the London Gin Club that actually list the 200+ gins they stock. Poor show, Time Out! 

alec O

I'm sorry, writing a review about gin bars in London and not including the first and best gin bar in town...London Gin Club..is a bit of an oversight to say the least.

Ben N

+1 for the London Gin Club, a must go every time I'm in Soho.

pepys p

How can you not mention The London Gin Club..Shame on you!!

Superstar Donkey Jockey Staff Writer

I was going to say where's the London Gin Club but Dave B beat me to it.