Britain is currently in the midst of its ‘second gin craze’. Last year alone gin sales reached a staggering £1.4 billion. With summer fast approaching and an increase of craft gin distilleries, cocktails and pubs offering great selections of this quintessentially British tipple, we’ve compiled a gin crawl list. Whether your tipple is shaken, spiced or simple, these pubs offer them all.
Princess Louise – 208 High Holborn, WC1V 7EP
We begin at the Princess Louise. Being one of London’s first gin palaces, this historic Victorian pub has stayed true to its roots with its wood and glass partitions and stone columns. It’s roaring open fire and intricately designed floors, make you feel as if you’re stepping back in time into Victorian London. No children are allowed, which makes this a perfect spot for those wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of life, who just want to nestle into one of the many cosy booths surrounded by its cavernous and detailed ceiling. This pub can get crowded on weekday evenings, so head down early to secure a spot at its opulent main bar.
Mr Foggs Tavern – 58 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA
A short walk away from the Princess Louise is Mr Foggs Tavern. This small Victorian pub, lavishly decorated with dark wood panelling and leather furniture, is themed around the adventures of Phileas Fogg. What sets this place apart is that it hosts its own dedicated gin parlour. Located on the first floor, the parlour offers plush sofas and a busy interior; but the most important factor is the 200 gins that are on offer. Also offering a menu full of 19th century sweet and savoury snacks, this haunt offers a genuine experience of gin crazed Victorian London.
Grazing Goat – 6 New Quebec Street, W1H 7RQ
Heading slightly north of the city we come to The Grazing Goat, located close to Marble Arch. This no-nonsense yet intimate pub and hotel offers a clean, birch wood interior with dark wooden beams. Whilst their gin list isn’t exhaustive, it offers a small selection of international gins such as Monkey 47 and Gin Mare. Their cocktail menu also features drinks flavoured with interesting combinations such as elderflower and cardamom syrup, and homemade rhubarb syrup.
Admiral Codrington – 17 Mossop Street, SW3 2LY
Travelling West to Chelsea, this gastropub is a stark contrast to the dark Victorian wood and glass panelling of the previous. The open, clean space is welcoming and airy, and with simple wooden seats and candle lit tables. With a range of gins, from aged ‘Dictador Columbian’ gin to fresh and summery Slingsbry flavoured with summer berries, you won’t be short for choice at this civilised and relaxed establishment. Pair a sunny day with a gin cocktail on the terrace and you’ll be in for a comforting and cosy time.
Earl Spencer – 260 – 262 Merton Road, SW18 5JL
Ending the trip, we come to the Earl Spencer’s in Southfields. Hop on the tube south of the river and you’ll find this cheerful and chatty pub; the perfect spot to unwind with one of its 50 award-winning British gins. Whilst ubiquitous gins such as Plymouth and Hendricks are sold, what really sets this pub apart is the plethora of obscure and independent craft gins, flavoured with a broad range of botanicals. Its blend of old and new interior with its modern art lined walls, benches and pews make this drinking experience a relaxed and informal affair. This Edwardian gem has a lot to offer and will see you home with a new taste for craft gin.