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.
Located in the heart of Canada Square, The Pearson Room is in prime position for after-work drinks in Canary Wharf. Soak up a wide range of gin; from Bombay Sapphire through to Plymouth Sloe and Genever, all paired with the perfect tonic and garnish.
With a bar boasting over 50 different types of gin, Islington's The Library is definitely a spot to hit if you're looking for a stiff drink. Sip on a refreshing gin & tonic after work or come the weekend, soaked up with a selection of juicy burgers or tasty brunch offerings.
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.
The Colonel Fawcett is a beloved Camden boozer that oozes an old school charm. To top it off? They're home to an awed-inspiring collection of over 100 gins, that can be expertly paired with the perfect tonic, no wonder it's a haven for London's gin-lovers.
If you're looking for the ultimate gin and tonic in east London, head to Jars Bar. The guys behind this place have a passion for all things booze, and even distil their very own gin. Set in Deptford Market Yard, this archway bar offers a range of unique concoctions as well as hosting regular gin-making masterclasses.
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.