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.

Last updated on 13th November 2019




The Four Sisters Townhouse is a cocktail bar close to St Paul's that wows and dazzles its patrons with traditional decor and hand-crafted cocktails. Serving small plates and sharing board to help keep things on an even keel, the cocktail menu is the headliner here; think classic recipes and a few quirky creations. But if cocktails aren't your kind of thing, the bar boasts a variety of international gins and fiery tonics that are perfect for a refreshing G & T.

Jars Bar

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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. 

Portobello Star

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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.