The Savoy Hotel Gin bar London

Inside the The Savoy Hotel in London is the famous American Bar | Source: The Savoy

Gin Guide: The Best Gin Bars in London

England’s long love affair with gin is well documented stretching back to the early 17th century. Originally invented by monks for medicinal purpose, the spirit is now a popular tipple that pairs perfectly with tonic water, soda water and a variety of juices. Luckily Londoners are treated to the ultimate gin-drinking experience in places that take you to all corners of the city. From vintage Victorian era bars to innovatively designed distilleries, here’s a look at the best gin bars in London.

City of London Distillery

22-24 Bride Ln, London

Step into the speakeasy style atmosphere with exposed copper sills and an aromatic air. Aside from providing a wide range of gins with a heavy emphasis on the distilleries own drop, the City of London Distillery offers experiences such as tours, tasting sessions and gin flight taster tours. There’s even a gin ‘lab’ allowing visitors to distill their own gin on site.

The London Gin Club

22 Great Chapel St, London

In the heart of Soho lives a “carefully-curated collection of over 100 of the finest gins”. The decor and style is that of a traditional British pub – rich woods, vintage posters and a relaxed atmosphere. Behind the bar sits 350 different bottles sure to appease any gin drinkers thirst.

London Gin Club
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The American Bar at the Savoy

The Savoy, Strand, London

Inside one of the most famous hotels in London lives a grand art deco American bar that’s been serving the finest gin cocktails since the 1890s. The elegant and glamorous spot delivers drinks that are exquisitely presented with the music of a live jazz pianist every night.

The American Bar at the Savoy
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The Gin Bar

Rosewood, High Holborn, London

As part of the Holborn Dining Room, The Gin Bar boasts London’s largest collection of gin, with 500 gins and 30 tonics spanning everything from famous brands to local distilleries. The relaxed yet stylish set-up provides the perfect space to enjoy any one of the 14,000 drink combinations. The bar also offers gin masterclasses.

The Gin Bar
Source: The Gin Bar

Two One Four

214 Bermondsey St, London

Hidden under the popular Flour and Grape Restaurant, this secret gin bar takes the drink seriously even creating its own homemade tonic. The relaxed vibe and underground setting is finished in reclaimed wood furniture and with over a hundred gins available, there’s something for every spirit drinker.

The Merchant House

13 Well Court, Off Bow Lane

Housed in the historical heart of London beside the iconic St Paul’s cathedral, this award-winning bar takes drinkers on an escape to the world of spirits. With one of the largest spirit collections in the world, The Merchant House has a list of some 600 whiskies, 400 rums and 400 gins offering rare and unique flavours from across the globe.

The Distillery

186 Portobello Rd, London

London’s first ‘gin hotel’ is a four floor mecca to gin lovers. The modern bar comprises The Ginstitute, The Resting Room, The Malt Floor, a private dining room and guest suites.

The Distillery
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