From Hogarth’s vivid etchings in the 18th century to small batch, millennial, inner city distilleries, London has been associated with gin production for centuries and today a new wave of distillers are continuing the story. The Rubens at the Palace is famous for its Gin Experience, where guests can sample different artisan gins from around the world, each served with a complementary tonic and garnish. Browse the gin trolley before taking your pick, and look out for our selection of London’s best gin distillers whilst you’re there.
King of Soho
Distilled in London according to traditional methods, The King of Soho is a London Dry gin made in tribute to Paul Raymond, known as the ‘King of Soho’, who helped make the Soho area the cultural and entertainment hub it is today. Created by Paul’s son, Howard, it’s made in small batches and is popular for its flavours of juniper, coriander and grapefruit peel, which gives the gin a pleasant spiciness.
City of London
Launched in 2012, City of London distillery is located in the heart of London’s Square Mile and its spirits are a celebration of the capital’s long and historic association with gin. Drawing on the formula of a classic London dry gin, it has notes of liquorice and parma violet in addition to black pepper. Serve with plenty of ice, tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit.
The first copper pot distillery to open in London in almost 200 years, founders Fairfax and Sam launched Sipsmith with the hope of producing a London Dry Gin of unsurpassable quality with plenty of character. The award-winning London Dry Gin is carefully crafted using 18th century techniques and uses juniper berries that have been macerated in warm spirit overnight for an exceptional taste.
Gin Lane 1751
Taking its name from the famous Hogarth etching, Gin Lane 1751 harks back to by a bygone era of gin production. Available in a bottle that’s inspired by authentic Victorian gin labels, the company produces four different varieties of gin, all of made in small batches and distilled in London by Master Distiller Charles Maxwell, whose family have been distillers since the 1600s.
Portobello Road No. 171
Named after its birthplace in West London, Portobello Road No. 171 offers a modern take on a classic London Dry Gin. Flavoured with nine natural botanicals, including juniper, citrus, cassia and nutmeg, it’s a hit with gin enthusiasts thanks to its depth of flavour and ability to hold its own even in complex cocktails.
The Gin Experience is available at the Rubens at the Palace throughout the day in the Cavalry Bar. Booking is essential.