Gin is having a bit of a moment.  So where better to meet my best travelling buddy and her husband when the teens were away than the London Gin Club.  From the outside the London Gin Club looks much the same as any other London boozer.   Inside the Gin on offer is as far away from the Gordons and Schweppes beloved by my great aunts as you can imagine.  Oh and don’t think of putting a slice of lemon in your drink either.

The London Gin Club is currently closed as their basement was flooded as a consequence of the Crossrail works happening opposite.

It still looks pretty traditional inside too until you look behind the bar when instead of an array of different spirits it is all Gin, around 300 varieties.  I had no idea that there were so many different types.  Fear of not finding your way round the different varieties is made easy by the tasting menu.  For £25 you get four different gins to taste complete with a different garnish for each gin.

London Gin Club

You can forget the hi-ball glass that pubs have been serving G&T in forever as well.  Think of of giant red wine glass with an iceberg in it and that is what you get at the London Gin Club.  First of all you pour the gin in and sniff it, then sip it, then add a little tonic and sip again, then the garnish and sniff, then the rest of the tonic and then get on with drinking and chatting.  You get a new glass for each type of gin to ensure that the flavours of each one remain unsullied.

London Gin Club

Thankfully the London Gin Club does food too to ensure that you don’t roll home.  Simple food, pies and platters of meats and cheeses.  Perfect for nibbling on whilst you consider the finer points of the gin.  I confess that I was quite surprised at the difference between them all.  Best of all we had a great time.

London Gin Club Need to Know

  • The London Gin Club can be found just behind Tottenham Court Road tube station on the Oxford Street side at 22 Great Chapel Street.
  • Unlike traditional pubs it is a table service bar.
  • It can get very busy and so it is best to book a table by clicking here


Looking for ideas about how to build up your thirst for Gin during the day? How about visiting the Wallace Collection just down the road which I think is the best museum in the world. Or you spend the day discovering Queen Victoria’s London or simply sampling some the excellent museum tea rooms in London.

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  1. August 19, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    What a fun night. I had no idea there were so many different types either.

  2. September 7, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Sounds right up my alley! We hosted an International Gin tasting for my last birthday – huge success – loving the craft small-batch distilled gins lately. And have you tried the pink bitters tonic from Feverfew? Love it! Sounds like a fun night out – do you have a new fave? #FarawayFiles

    • September 7, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Not tried the pink bitters tonic but on my shopping list now!

  3. September 7, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    sounds great! I have enjoyed an occasional g&t πŸ™‚ #farawayfiles

  4. September 7, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    This place looks awesome! Only problem for me is, I don’t drink Gin. But with so many gins on offer, perhaps I would find one I actually like? #FarawayFiles

    • September 7, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      It might be worth trying !

  5. annette @afrenchcollection
    September 7, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Food would be essential for me… I don’t think rolling home would be my best look πŸ™‚ #FarawayFiles

  6. Clare Thomson
    September 8, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Oh I do love those glasses! I’m rather keen on a gin and tonic (with lime and ice) so this sounds like such a fun evening out. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  7. September 9, 2017 / 7:30 am

    This sounds very tempting! I’m slowly working my way through all the gin brands but new ones keep appearing, it’s very difficult to keep up..!

    • September 9, 2017 / 7:35 am

      So much more fun than stamp collecting!

  8. September 11, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Fun, sadly (and probably just as well) I am not a gin drinker but I know a man who is. His latest thing is the tonics that you add to the gin. There is a very trendy one in Copenhagen that he has just found. Gin is becoming so popular, Scotland is now adding Gin making establishments to its list of attractions in addition to its distilleries. Sadly can’t stand whiskey either (again probably just as well!)

    • September 12, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Very sad (but probably just as well) maybe you could sniff the gin whilst the man who likes it drinks it?

  9. pigeonpairandme
    September 11, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I love the cute array of tasting bottles! Sounds like a place to try. I must admit, I’ve had some bad moments on gin – but perhaps I could be converted back. #FarawayFiles

    • September 11, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      I’m sure the new style gin has made bad moments a thing of the past!

    • September 12, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Maybe craft gin would banish the bad moments?

  10. September 11, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I have heard about the London Gin Club but am yet to visit. I have a Gin loving friend with a big birthday coming up, I feel it could be the perfect present which of course I would have to share with her #FarawayFiles

  11. October 3, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Gin tasting! When are we going? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this place with us! Sounds exactly like a place my hubby and I would love to try. πŸ™‚ #CityTripping

    • October 3, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      I have been with walking chums, one of the Godmothers and have an evening with my ante-natal crowd booked. We definitely need a bloggers one!

  12. October 3, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I love that gun is du jour – it’s my fave #citytripping

    • October 3, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      It’s great isn’t it, but my attempt at making rhubarb gin was a failure

  13. October 3, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Gin has never been my drink but it has had such a renaissance that I’m starting to think I should think again – and this looks like the perfect place to persuade me there’s more than Gordons & tonic… Thanks for linking up with #ciytripping

  14. October 4, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I’ve never been much of a gin fan, but my husband is! This looks like a fun evening out! #citytripping

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