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Top 10 Best Gin Bars in London

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At the end of a hard working day, or week, three little words provide all the comfort you need: gin and tonic? When the time hits 5.30pm, administer the healing qualities that a handful of ice cubes, a slice of lime, perhaps a rose petal, some Fever Tree (elderflower?) or Schwepps tonic, and the herbaceous botanics of juniper berries mashed up in the world’s best gin brands. Say hello to your best friends: Gordon’s; Hendrick’s; Bombay Sapphire; Tanqueray; Monkey 47; Gunpowder; Hayman’s; Brockman’s; Beefeater; Martin Miller’s; Bloom; and William Chase. And you’ll fine them on their best behaviour at London top gin bars.

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West End

A central London gin bar with a theatrical theme, Mr Fogg's Tavern has the feel of a Victorian drawing room, a welcome respite from the madding crowds of Covent Garden. The Gin Parlour upstairs has more than 300 gins to choose from, and a gin master on hand to help you choose your perfect tipple. For serious gin lovers, there is a gin safari exploring gin, botanicals and tonics to help you create your perfect drink. Or enjoy G & Tea in Aunt Gertrude's Salon, with tastings, gin based cocktails and Victorian delicacies. Reservations are highly recommended.

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City of London

If you can't take the gin to the people, take the people to the gin. With hundreds of gins to choose from - including The City of London own Square Mile, Sloe, and Christopher Wren gins, all made on-site - you're not short of options at the COLD bar. Discover how gin's made on a gin distillery tour, take part in a gin masterclass or gin tasting, or create your own gin featuring a handpicked botanicals in a lab experience. Housed in the first new gin distillery to be created in the City of London since the 18th century, this bar has won many worldwide gin awards since opening in 2013. Look out for the connoisseurs' club list of vintage martinis made with gins from the 1960s.

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City of London

Boasting around 220 gins and a selection of rums that would be more than enough to keep you going when sailing the high seas, this basement bar in the City of London - awarded the title of best gin bar by The Independent - has an old world, moneyed charm. The owners would rather this atmospheric hideaway be known as a "merchant bar"; but it's hard to look past the juniper juice. Enthusiasts can find new favourites, while those seeking enlightenment can take a masterclass. Alternatively, just sit back in the blue leather banquettes and try a vintage gin-based G&T or martini.

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With a collection of 305 (at last count) different gins, this Soho cocktail bar near Piccadilly Circus, Carnaby Street and Regent Street has an urban feel with garage-style doors and bare concrete bar. Sample lesser-known gins in a G&T, opt for a gin-based punch in a paint tin, try historical cocktails or go modern with a disco days drink inspired by the 1970-90s. Join the Gin Social on the first Monday every month for interactive experiences and new premium gin tastings.

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South Bank & Bankside
Bar / Hotel

Tucked neatly down a hidden street behind the Tate Modern gallery, this gin and cocktail bar is a stylish, sultry, sexy place to feed your gin addiction. If things get really interesting you can always grab a room in the hotel where it stands. There are roughly 50 gins to choose from, including a vintage selection that dates back to the 1940s (!!), but if you're having trouble deciding, talk to Ricardo behind the bar and he will advise on where to start your journey. It's advisable that you sample the fragrant signature cocktails too. This is living!

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Bar / Club

Amongst Soho's animated bars, The Star at Night features low lighting, a convivial atmosphere and top-quality spirits. Downstairs is a daytime café, but it's upstairs where your gin journey will unfold. Choose a G&T from more than 200 premium gins, with the speciality being the Copa Serve Gin & Tonic. If you're really hooked, join the bar's London Gin Club that allows access to more than 100 rare and unique gins, as well as tastings and events.

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Notting Hill

The Portobello Road Gin brand and the accompanying school of gin, The Ginstitute, co-exist alongside this Victorian gin bar in Notting Hill. Here, you and your friends learn all about gins, sample some gin, and even blend your own gin. Order The Portobello Road Martini, made using the their own No. 171 Portobello Road Gin; or be patriotic and sip a Queen Mother Cocktail in homage of the Queen Mum who was partial to the odd gin or two.

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London Bridge & Bermondsey

There's no fuss, no pretence and no room for other spirits at this gin and cocktail bar on the far end of Bermondsey Street. Down in the basement, where else, gin aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts spend hours pouring over the three pages of gins filled with different favourites and boutique gin brands from abroad and from as local as the end of the street. It's also ideal for a gin novice who believes that variety is the spice of life; the names of the brands in the gin flight - a collection of three gins to sample - are kept secret in a sealed envelope until you've made a decision on your favourite, unadulterated by brand.

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Canary Wharf

G&Tea Bar in Canary Wharf not only boasts an impressive list of 150 gins from all over the world, but also a beautiful sunny terrace overlooking the dazzling West India Quay. Their expert mixologist infuses gins to make unique cocktails, using homemade basil and lemon, ginger and coriander, and even chocolate infusions. Sip your way through French Saffron gin, Monkey47 and a beautiful spiced gin - the Opihr. A must-try is the bar's signature cocktail, the Mo-Tea-To; G&Tea's twist on a mojito, made with earl grey infused gin.

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