FOOD&DRINK | by Emma Becque
top spots to grab a gin cocktail in london.
Now that the warm weather is upon us we took the chance to express our love of gin by compiling the best places to find a refreshing gin cocktail. We have searched far and wide to create our list so you don’t have to!
Experimental Cocktail Club
Where: 13a Gerrard St, W1D 5PS
Opening times: 6pm - 2am
Best feature: The door!
For more: visit the Experimental Cocktail Club website
ECC (Experimental Cocktail Club) is what at first seems like an easy-to-miss black door in Chinatowns Gerrard street, a beautiful speakeasy style bar in the middle of Soho. Try their Saint Germain des Prés - spicy and cucumbery or one of my all time favourites Spring To It - light, fruity and floral. Their drinks range from £11-200 for their ‘vintage’ cocktails.
Where: 329 King's Rd, Chelsea, SW3 5ES
Opening times: 1.30pm - 12.30am
Best feature: The Mexican decor!
For more: visit the Azteca Chelsea website
Azteca is the younger, more vibrant cousin of your average Chelsea bar - Drinks are usually tequila or rum based but gin cocktails such as Stamford Bridge Punch or Monarch (£10/8.5) go down a treat in this balmy weather.
Where: X 14 locations across London
Opening times: 4pm - 3am
Best feature: Their Bottomless Teapot Brunches's!
For more: Visit the Simmons Bar website
Simmons lands somewhere on the other end of the spectrum. It's perfect for post work/pre theatre drinks, especially when you hit up during their happy hour for a £2.5 g&t!
Where: 8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
Opening times: 5pm - 11.00pm
Best feature: The Cocktails!!
For more: visit the Happiness Forgets website
This Shorditch bar has the strap-line ‘Great Cocktails, No Wallies!’ Situated in a former basement, enhanced by candlelight and with 40s/50s jazz/pop fusion - it promises excellent cocktails with great company.
Where: 70 Leman St, Whitechapel, London E1 8EU
Opening times: 4pm - 11.30pm
Best feature: The variety of Gin!
For more: visit the Oliver Conquest twitter.
When looking for a range of gin drinks in London, look no further than to Aldgate’s The Oliver Conquest - it is proud to have over 350 different types in its collection (and is still expanding) ranging from £4.50-10.50. Not only is it a lovely pub with very knowledgeable bartenders, it's also won London's Gin Bar of the Year award!