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London's Best Gin & Tonics

London's Best Gin & Tonics

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As the sun starts to shine, what can be more refreshing than a crisp gin and tonic with a cooling slab of ice. Here's our pick of London's best.

Viaduct Tavern

As London's last remaining Victorian gin palace, you can imagine this place has a pretty good gin collection, plus it gets raving reviews for its G&T. Pick your gin of choice and they'll pair it with a bespoke garnish and a beautiful slab of ice.

126 Newgate Street, EC1A

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Where better to tuck into a gin and tonic than one of London's most renowned gin bars? Here they have a dedcicted menu of perfect serve G&Ts, all served with Fever Tree tonics. There's a range of refreshing garnishes, from lemon and rosemary, to grapefruit and mint.

4 Golden Square, W1F

Graveney Gin at Tooting Market

This teensy gin bar also doubles up as a distillery, serving up its homemade organic Tooting gin. With such small batches, using fresh botanicals the gin tastes oh so slightly different each time. The Graveney Gin perfect serve? Garnished with a slice of juicy grapefruit along with a floral tonic of your choice in a hefty copper mug. 

21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17

Graveney Gin at Tooting Market London's Best Gin & Tonics
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Graveney Gin at Tooting Market London's Best Gin & Tonics
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214 Bermondsey

214's G&Ts are extra special because they're made with the bar's very own homemade tonic water. Oh yes, they serve over 80 gins, so you'll be sure to find the perfect serve for you. You can also get a double here for £5 on a Sunday... winner. 

214 Bermondsey Street, SE1

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Holborn Dining Room

These guys offer 14,000 possible gin and tonic pairings (woah) - with over 400 gins, and 27 types of tonics. Here you can try very small batch gins, like Spring Gin, or a vintage Tanqueray form the 1970s. Your G&T comes served in a copa glass with fresh garnishes. Maybe give this one a skip if you're not good at making decisions.

252 High Holborn, WC1V

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East London Liquor Company

These guys make their own freakin' delicious gin, so you know they're going to do a pretty good G&T to boot. They make three types of gin here, dry, premium, and barrel aged. To be on the safe side, you'll have to try all three. 

Deliveroo now from Mile End

221 Grove Road, E3

The Imperial Durbar

Order the Maharajah G&T, for a tipple that's sized for a king. Choose from a handpicked selection of gins (including Gin Mare, Millers and Tanqueray Rangpur), then pick your tonic of choice (including the house-made special). Your bar person will then advise you on an 'accent' they think will go best with your choice. It all comes served in the Durbar's famous goblet. 

14 Trinity Road, SW17

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The London Gin Club

These guys take their G&Ts seriously, and they've been doing so for over 80 years. Be greeted by a bulging gin menu (over 300), organised by flavour so you know what you're getting. Have it served up in a large copa glass, over cracked ice and your garnish of choice. Or the expert bartenders can advise you on the perfect combo. If you're serious about the stuff, you might want to splash out on one of their vintage gins, from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

22 Great Chapel Street, W1F

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Aviary

Head up to this Finsbury Square rooftop bar for a frozen twist on the classic G&T. It's served from a slushie machine, (your inner child is going to be all over this) with Tanquery gin,  and served in a long glass. Slurp it up loudly while drinking in epic London skyline views - unrivalled in this part of town.

22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A

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Gintonica at The Distillery

Gintonica is nestled inside 186 Portobello Road, along with London's first 'gin hotel'. These guys serve up their G&Ts in a huge copa de balon - shaped in such a way that you can really take in the gin's botanical aromas. Since this plot is also home to Portobello Road Gin's distillery, the bar serves up just this one gin here (sorry Sipsmith fans). Choose from high end tonic waters and innovative garnishes, from mango, black pepper and basil, to juniper berries, apple and mint. 

186 Portobello Road, W11

Gintonica at The Distillery London's Best Gin & Tonics
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Gintonica at The Distillery London's Best Gin & Tonics
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Last Updated 13 April 2017