Perhaps inspired by Her Majesty the Queen, us Londoners are all going totally crazy for gin. It’s the new trendy drink of choice, and we’re certainly not spoilt for choice on where to go for a tipple. This summer, a bunch of bars are popping up around the city to show us gin lovers a good time.
1. Giovanni’s Gin Joint at Quaglino’s, Mayfair
Get your glad rags on and head back to the times of speakeasies and Gatsby style parties. This summer, the iconic Quaglino’s restaurant in the heart of Mayfair is playing host to the most glitz and glam gin pop-up you ever did see. Take your pick of cocktails from the prohibition style menu (a Moulin Rouge or a Miss Von Teese, for example) and dance the night away to some 1920s live music, test your detective skills at a Murder Mystery evening, or take control of the Vintage Jukebox.
2. Bloom Gin Terrace at OXO Tower, South Bank
Up on the eighth floor, boasting a panoramic view of London’s skyline, OXO Tower’s Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie will be serving a bespoke selection of cocktails inspired by English country gardens and aptly paired with Bloom gin’s floral flavours of honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo (whatever the hell that is). We can’t wait to try the Honey Pot — a combination of lavender, honey and lemon juice, and garnished with bee pollen!
02 Barge House St, London SE1 9GY
3. The Gin Market, Covent Garden
Create your own Art in a Glass at Portobello Road’s new summer pop-up in Covent Garden (a slightly confusing sentence, we know — Portobello Road is the name of the gin). Choose from an array of botanicals and garnishes from the traditional market carts to complete your work of art — and make sure you post a picture to Instagram using #ArtInAGlass for a chance to win a trip to the finest address in gin, The Distillery, when it opens in the winter. The pop-up is a celebration of the launch of Covent Garden’s After-Hours, so be sure to finish off the evening with some tipsy late night shopping!
Unit 3, The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF
4. Gin and Spritz Terrace @ Big Chill Bar
With an impressive selection of premium gins (Beefeater 24, Cremorne 1859 Colonel Fox’s, Hendrick’s, Martin Miller’s, Portobello Road Gin No. 171 and Whitley Neill), Big Chill are launching pop-up bars on both of their garden terraces this summer. In celebration of the launch, they are offering 2-4-1 G&Ts on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July between 4 and 6pm. Even if gin isn’t your thing (why are you even reading this?!) then they also have a bunch of other stuff on offer too. As well as being open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays, you can also hire out the bar for up to 50 people (for those of you who have that many friends…)
Open from 14th July.
Dray Walk, London E1 6QL
5. Foxlow and Sipsmith’s Exclusive Summer Cocktails
Foxlow restaurants and Sipsmith’s Independent Spirits have formed a perfect partnership in order to create the greatest summer cocktails, and they’re now available at various locations across the city. If you needed more of an incentive to try them out, they’re just £5 between 5 and 7pm on weekdays and at brunchtime on Saturdays. Because, really, what’s better than a boozy brunch?
6. The Terrace, Belgravia
Bombay Sapphire has arrived at The Terrace, a hidden gem within Belgravia. It flaunts a beautiful outdoor area, complete with kitchen, barbecue and pretty floral decorations – the perfect surrounding for a refreshing G&T. Bombay have partnered with The Terrace to concoct a delicious menu of gin cocktails, as well as Bombay Sapphire Twist Boxes which allow guests to create their ultimate gin and tonic at the table.
Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St, London SW1X 9ES