London is a city filled with great places to grab a drink, but the gin bar has taken off in a big way in recent years. We’ve compiled this list of some of the capital’s best gin bars ideal for getting the best from your visit.
Whether you’re making the most of London West End hotel deals and checking out a show while staying at the Piccadilly London West End or simply seeking new and exciting places to start your night out, here’s our pick of the best gin bars near Big Ben.
City of London Distillery
Amongst the new wave of London gin bars, there’s the City of London Distillery, founded in 2012. Here you can enjoy the company’s signature dry gin as well as sample a wide selection of international gin brands alongside other wines, beers and spirits. Much more than just a gin bar, you can also try a distillery tour, tasting session or the ‘lab experience’ to try your hand at creating your own gin.
East London Liquor Company
This petite distillery and gin bar serves cocktails made with gin sourced on site, meaning visitors can see the gin being made while drinking their own serving. One for the gin connoisseurs, the bar was once a glue factory, and still boasts tall ceilings and imposing wooden doors which are beautifully illuminated when night comes. This is a perfect spot for professionals and business travellers looking to entertain clients or make a good impression with potential partners.
Sinfonica sports a bright, colourful décor and plenty of gin-based beverages to enjoy, as well as lots of snacks to accompany should you feel like popping in for a meal rather than just a drink. There are lots here for non-gin drinkers, too, including an extensive wine list. Whatever your taste you’re sure to find something that you and all of your friends enjoy. If you’re looking for a memorable night before heading back to the Piccadilly London West End, this is the place to be.
This marvellous gin bar features its own micro-distillery and an outdoor, covered-bar space. With a fun-filled atmosphere and more than 45 varieties of gin to choose from, the Victorian-building housing Four Thieves helps add to the general vibe of fun and eccentricity. This bar even comes with its own games room, including ping-pong, table football and arcade games.
The London Gin Club
Soho’s London Gin Club may have an unassuming exterior, but the interior looks like a bar straight out of the 1930s. There are hundreds of different gins to try and the staff here are truly dedicated to ensuring you have the best gin drinking experience possible. An ideal location for a true gin devotees, The London Gin Club has become one of the most popular evening hangouts in all of London. Be sure to sample some of the rare, aged gin and see what other flavours you can find.