Paris is famous for its wine, New York for its Manhattans and Munich for its frosty litres. And London? Well, you can rightly consider London a city for gin lovers.
The capital has had a long, sometimes sordid, love affair with the spirit. Though gin technically originated from the Netherlands, where its ancestor, genever, was thought to have medicinal properties, it migrated south in the late 17th century. The juniper-rich spirit soon caused quite a stir: known as the Gin Craze, the first half of the 1700s saw a huge increase in the number of distilleries and gin consumption in the capital. Parliament eventually saw to take the debauchery down a few levels, but London has never fully abandoned its love affair with gin.
These days, Londoners can be found enjoying a refreshing gin and tonic, a warming dram of sloe gin, or a creative, craft gin cocktail in one of the city’s many gin bars. Whether you’re looking to sample your first real taste of London Dry Gin, or are hoping for something a little more innovative, here’s where to find the best gin bars in London.