As if we needed another excuse to drink gin & tonic, 19th October marks International G&T day, and there are plenty of hotels, bars and pop-ups across the capital serving up special orders of the sophisticated pairing. From a snazzy rooftop bar overlooking the city skyline to the cosy and intimate settings of Notting Hill’s The Little Yellow Door, here are the best spots to indulge in the highball cocktail this Saturday and beyond…
The Best Cocktail Bars in London
The Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s cosy ‘flatshare’-style bar and restaurant nestled within the buzz of All Saints Road, The Little Yellow Door, is gifting 100 complimentary
Botanist gin & tonics from 6 – 9pm. Delight in the delicious botanical and plant-based spirit – hand-crafted with flowers and herbs from the Scottish island of Islayin – in your new home away from home. thelittleyellowdoor.com
6-8 All Saints Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1HH
Bombay Sapphire-Infused Bars
If you’re a fan of Bombay Sapphire, then you’re in luck. The luxury spirits brand has called upon some of London’s best bartenders to produce specially curated gin & tonic cocktails, which are to be served in some of the most elegant bars across the capital. Indulge in the ‘Silk Route’ at Farringdon’s
Oriole bar, a Bombay Sapphire infusion of pistachio aperitif, lemon, rose and vetiver kombucha, or ‘Red’ at The Langham’s Artesian, a simple but sophisticated concoction of sour cherries, olive and sake. bombaysapphire.com
Oriole, E Poultry Ave, Farringdon, London, EC1A 9LH and Artesian, 1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London, W1B 1JA
The Goring Hotel, Westminster
Enjoy your gin & tonic in the elegant and opulent settings of Westminster’s The Goring Hotel. Having recently undergone a stylish renovation, this spectacular drinking spot is a must-visit if you’re a lover of live piano playing, signature cocktails (infused with plants and herbs hand-picked from the hotel’s private garden), and tasty treats from the chef’s magnificent new bar menu.
15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW
Gin Mare Pop-Up
Take yourself to a drinking joint devoted to gin with Gin Mare’s Mediterranean-style pop-up bars, located across London at the
Red Lion & Sun and Iberica Canary Wharf. From a classic triple orange G&T, to a tiger nut liqueur and banana-infused ‘Mediterranean Tiger’, there’s plenty of cocktails on offer a this gin-tastic hot spot. ginmare.com
Red Lion & Sun, 25 North Rd, Highgate, London N6 4BE and Iberica, 12 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QQ
Rockwell, Trafalgar Square
Journey to Trafalgar St. James’s latest jungle-esque drinking spot, the botanic-infused Rockwell bar, where cabana trees and wild-like ferns meet plush red velvet sofas in an elegant bar setting. Wet one’s whistle with an array of exotic cocktails, or keep it classic with a cultivated G&T in light of the celebrations.
2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS
Radio Rooftop at the ME Hotel, The Strand
What better way to enjoy a G&T than on a rooftop bar overlooking the city?
ME London’s Radio Rooftop offers just that – a spectacular panoramic viewing experience and a range of delicious gin-based cocktails, plus a luxury hotel located below for when you’ve had one too many… radiorooftop.com
336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Delight in your G&T après ski style at swiss ski resort
LAAX Baby’s new pop-up bar at Mews of Mayfair. From ‘Galaaxy Shots’ of frozen apple and sage gin, to a warming glass of ‘La Siala’, a piping one sage gin and mulled cider, you’ll be spoiled for choice. No skis or snowboards required, just a healthy appetite for gin and tonic. Opens 22 October.
Mews of Mayfair, 10 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY
Head to Soho’s snazzy
member’s club, The Court for buzzy live entertainment, spectacularly decadent settings and a signature Bombay G&T, mixed with Mediterranean tonic, orange cream citrate and fragrant rosemary. thecourt.co.uk
9 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5PH
If you’ve ever been to The Fifth Floor Bar at
Harvey Nichols, you’ll know that they are expert in curating a glorious gin & tonic. This October, their cocktail of the month is aptly a gin-based sensation, comprised of Barentsz gin, elderflower cordial, refreshing mint and tonic water. harveynichols.com
109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RJ start the slideshow