Seeing everything our vast capital city has to offer can be a hard task. Visiting both The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace in one day can be a tiring experience, and if you’re a lover of the outdoors then checking out the beautiful green refuges of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park can leave you in need of a well-earned sit-down and a drink.
If you’re a gin lover, then you’ll be delighted to know there are multiple spots for you to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a delicious tonic or cocktail. Since it was first developed way back in the Middle Ages, gin has been the spirit of choice for millions of Londoners through the centuries, and there are a plethora of bars near your Paddington hotel offering a modern twist on this time-honoured staple.
The London Gin Club
22 Great Chapel St, Soho, London W1F 8FR
Located within reasonable walking distance of our Shaftesbury hotels Paddington is The London Gin Club. As you’ve probably guessed by the name, this is a dedicated gin club and a favourite amongst gin-loving Londoners and tourists alike. Set up in 2012, this relaxed bar sources its massive collection of over 350 gins from all over the world and places a special emphasis on only using the finest quality gins in its drinks to guarantee you a top-of-the-range taste.
As well as providing a huge range of delicious beverages, The London Gin Club also has a fantastic food menu for you to get your teeth into (and possibly soak up the alcohol with). The kitchen serves up everything from nuts and nibbles to home-made pies that will have your mouth watering, and there’s also a delectable gin botanical-inspired chocolate board for those of you with a sweet tooth.
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
1 New Row, London WC2N 4EA
If you’re a true gin lover looking for a guided tour of the best gins in the world, then a visit to Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour is essential. This quirky venue is ideal for a Christmas present or couple’s experience; upon arrival you’ll be handed a gin and tonic to enjoy whilst you’re given a further tasting session and an interesting lesson on the history of gin by one of Mr Fogg’s staff. After this you’ll be able to create your perfect gin and tonic combo based on your own unique taste preferences, making this one of the most personalised gin experiences in all of London.
4 Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9HT
This trendy, modern bar is a perfect spot for younger gin lovers. Graphic Bar is home to the UK’s largest selection of gins, with cocktails ranging from modern innovations to tried-and-tested gin classics that have stood the test of time from the last 200 years. The décor here is superb too; the walls of Graphic Bar are lined with edgy urban art portraits, and the comfy red booths and exposed bulbs make for a distinctly youthful ambience.