THE BEST GIN JOINTS IN LONDON
Gin is definitely the drink of the moment and 19 October is International Gin and Tonic Day. What better excuse could there be to sample some of the bars in London with the best range of gin and innovative ways of serving it? Read on find out where you can celebrate this important day in style.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
The first impression at Mr Fogg’s in Covent Garden is one of style - from the moustachioed chap who welcomes you to the thick cream and blue drapes. Luckily, this gin joint can back its theatrical ambiance with substance, which means 300 gins to choose from.
Opt for a Passepartout in which Hendrick’s gin is combined with lemon juice, sugar and black pepper, then finished with cucumber air to quench your thirst. At the other end of the spectrum, a Corpse Reviver No 2 has everything from Tanqueray No Ten to a dash of absinthe in it. Not one for the faint of heart!
The London Gin Club
Those who consider themselves gin aficionados should not pass up the opportunity to visit The London Gin Club in Soho. Think double measures presented in huge goblets and a choice of around 200 gins. These are G&Ts taken to the max, while cocktails and ginfusions are also available.
For the ultimate homage to gin, order a tasting menu, which means getting the chance to compare and contrast no fewer than eight tipples. It’s a gin masterclass served to you on a tray. Choose the world gin tasting menu for something a bit special, taking your taste buds from Argentina, Japan and Australia.
When a bar insists on making its own tonic water with specially imported quinine it’s safe to say it takes its G&Ts seriously. This hugely popular bar in London Bridge is closed for a few alterations, but will be re-opening just in time for International Gin and Tonic Day – that cannot be a coincidence.
The gin menu is conveniently ordered geographically, with sections including London Drys and New Europeans. For a classic brought right up to the modern age, ask for a Kiwi Gimlet, which showcases Plymouth gin with kiwi cordial and lime juice.
You don’t have to stray far from your room to get a well-crafted G&T, as Royal Garden Hotel’s very own Park Terrace serves no fewer than ten different gins. From Adnams Copper House to Portobello Road No 171, only the finest gin is represented.
Ask one of our mixologists for an Oxley cold distilled gin with Inca Tonic 1724, for the ultimate refreshment. Alternatively, go for the small-batch distilled Sipsmith with Fentimans tonic and dark berries for a moodier experience.
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