Best Places to Get a Gin & Tonic
“I exercise strong self control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast” - W.C. Fields
Gin and Tonic bars in London are big business. Created by British officers in India, the Gin and Tonic was a way of making the quinine in the tonic taste less bitter, and with that they created an iconic summertime drink that spread across the world. Now, all of a sudden, gin is making a comeback in London's culture scene as the classy gin palaces of yesteryear return to the city. So, how better to celebrate than with a glass of the liquid libation at the best Gin and Tonic bars in London according to our recommended list below.
With seventy gins, and thirty-three of those English, Gillray's Restaurant and Bar definitely makes the the list. Sip a refreshing gin and tonic in this stylish and sophisticated venue as you gaze over the Thames and Houses of Parliament.
The guys at 214 Bermondsey don't muck about when it comes to G&T. There is a huge array of 50 international and local gins available, which are paired with the in-house produced tonic, which is flavoured with imported quinine bark and lightly carbonated. Drinking a gin and tonic here is a subtle exploration of carefully balanced, well-thought-out flavours and aromas.
A visit to the Riding House Cafe always goes down well, and is a welcome respite from the busy Oxford Street mayhem. A must-try here is the Vicar's Tea Party which features Befeater's gin, framboise liqueur, earl grey syrup and optional tonic served cold with a teapot of dry ice on the side - a famously delicious take on the classic G&T with a glamorous twist.
The method of producing drinks at Worship Street Whistling Stop is more like attempting to solve chemical equation than merely following a recipe. With all the serious focus of a scientist the mixologists evaporate, vaccum and micro-analyse every tiny detail to bring you a truly incredible drink. Check out the Tin and Jonic, a take on the iconic drink that infuses vodka with quinine and afterwards adding soda and botanical syrups for a smooth drinkable result.
Housing the biggest collection of gin in London, Graphic Bar is the Mecca for the juniper berry enthusiast. With 180 premium rare and artesian gins the collection is made up of gin liqueurs, world gins and much loved classic brands. Join the Juniper Club for an opportunity to taste, and question top gin-bassadors and gain a real understanding just what makes a good gin. Try the Gin Mare, a wonderful aromatic blend of Mediterranean and rosemary flavours paired with a Peruvian 1724 tonic.
Gin and tonic, it's one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it's also not all that hard to find an amazing one in London. Head on down to The Bull in Streatham as their back bar not only boasts a top selection, they're sure to mix you a top taste.
Rated as the 'World's Best Bar' by Drinks International, Artesian is housed in the stunning Langham Hotel in Portland Place. The carefully sculpted menu has a section devoted to gin and tonic, with a popular choice being the Aromatic Randez Vous , a hand selected pick of herbs and botanicals blended with the fantastic French gin G'vine with artesian water apple blossom and jasmine flower - an incredibly floral and moreish concoction.
With 30 finest gins as well as gin cocktails and even gin and juniper hand-smoked salmon, Peters and Co. Gin Palace just has to be on the list for one of the best places to get a gin and tonic. Pop in to this interesting little Gin Palace this summer to see what we mean.
Home of The London Gin Club, The Star at Night bar in Soho provides a compendium of juniper based knowledge. Within the cosy confines of The Star at Night you can immerse yourself with self confessed gin-a-holics and experience an incredible gin list. Bartenders, who have excellent knowledge of all the gins on offer can help you select the perfect gin for you and serve it with cracked ice, tonic and garnish.
Serving liquid beverages since 1740, the Portobello Star has been a staple of nightlife in Notting Hill for long enough to establish a well-earned reputation. The clientele, which has varied from street beggars to royalty, will all no doubt agree the bar staff know how to whip up a good drink. Not only is the Portebello Star the home of the Gin Institute, it is also the birthplace, sorry source of the Portebello Road No.171 London dry gin. This is one of few places in the world you can create your own personal gin with specialist help in the upstairs still room, and then reorder your personal blend when you run out.
A large, diverse range of gins makes the Pollen Street Social a great place to stop for a gin and tonic. In the slick surroundings of this smart yet relaxed bar you can lounge in the comfortable space of the Social Room Bar watching talented bartenders pour drinks into chilled glasses. With a wealth of experience the mixologists here are able to help you select from the 28 gins to create a masterful G&T.
Devoted solely to the wonderful libation, the Gin Joint is the first port of call to gin fanatics in London. Serving only variations of London dry gin, the bar is the only place in the city that serves chilled gin directly from the tap. Roll up G&T enthusiasts, as you can choose from a selection of premium distilled gins to blend with a variety of tonics. The bar even has a 'Gin Democracy' happy hour where you can enjoy any gin for £7.50.
Nestled in the grand Intercontinental Hotel, The Arch Bar is an example of how a hotel bar can become much, much more. An extensive variety of gin has turned this venue into a gin palace. The sea of smooth dark leather and clean, slick surfaces make for a snug environment to consume some 'Mother's ruin'. 35 different gins make this a G&T lovers dream, visit in the gin hour to receive a taster of the day's special.