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Drink your way around London with this gin lover’s map

By
Laura Richards
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1. A trendsetting distillery

Admire the stills at Sipsmith, the first small-batch distillery to start producing gin in the city in 200 years. 83 Cranbrook Rd. Tube: Turnham Green.


2. A hotel for gin lovers

Newly opened gin-themed hotel The Distillery has two bars and a museum. 186 Portobello Rd. Tube: Ladbroke Grove.

3. A gin school

Half Hitch lets you make your own tipple with ingredients from home – even Monster Munch! 53 Camden Lock Place. Tube: Camden Town.

4. A G&T bus tour

Hop on B Bakery’s vintage Routemaster for a ride as you nibble cucumber sarnies and quaff G&Ts made with Hayman’s Gin. Starts at Victoria Coach Station. Tube: Victoria. From £55.

5. A martini milestone

Head to Dukes in Mayfair for martinis shaken, not stirred. This genteel hotel bar claims to have served Ian Fleming (even if James Bond prefers vodka, the cad). 35 St James’s Place. Tube: Green Park.

6. A juniper club

If you like a lot of gin in your cocktail, join the London Gin Club. Membership gets you discounts and access to some exclusive launches. 22 Great Chapel St. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd.

7. An immersive drinking parlour

Lie on a chaise longue and listen to opera while you sip mother’s ruin at Mr Fogg’s. Or sample the good stuff on a ‘gin safari’. Decadent! 1 New Row. Tube: Leicester Square.

8. A former gin palace

Yes, it’s a Sam Smith pub, but if you care about London’s gin history, you’ll want to pop in to the Princess Louise for its 1800s gin-palace decor. 208 High Holborn. Tube: Holborn.

9. An unbeatable gin selection

Does Holborn Dining Room have the biggest collection of gin in London? With 400 to choose from, we reckon so. 252 High Holborn. Tube: Holborn.

10. A place to make your own gin

Design your own gin, brush up on the drink’s history and take a butcher’s at Jennifer and Clarissa – the two beautiful fat copper stills at City of London Distillery. 22-24 Bride Lane. City Thameslink rail.

11. A gin bar tour

If gin-bar-hopping around Bermondsey doesn’t sell the Gin Journey to you, how about the fact you’ll be transported round the area in a ‘gini-bus’? Gin-ius! 206-208 Tower Bridge Rd. Tube: London Bridge.

12. A dedicated gin festival

Spend August 25-27 at Gin Festival London, where you can attend masterclasses and sample 100-plus brands. Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane. Shadwell DLR.


13. An East End distillery

The East London Liquor Company makes vodka and whisky, but gin is its most famous product. Sup, then sober up with pizza in the restaurant. 221 Grove Rd. Tube: Mile End.

Map: Tom Havell

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