Have you visited London's new gin Hotel yet? A lavish gin palace on Notting Hill's Portobello Road, The Distillery is a far cry from the 'mother's ruin' gin shops that populated Victorian London. An enthusiastic report by the Guardian is the latest in a series of rave reviews praising this Aladdin's cave of wonders for the gin enthusiast.
Like artisan brewed coffee, lovingly distilled gin is one of London’s burgeoning businesses, and you’d certainly need a caffeine hit the morning after the night before at one of the many gin hotspots springing up around the capital. Highlights include a Beefeater Distillery tour in Kennington, or a gin-based cocktail at the Connaught's beautiful Coburg Bar in Mayfair.
Just a short (staggering) distance from Dexters' Notting Hill office and incorporating a distillery, bar, gin emporium and bedrooms, The Distillery is certainly on our list of London must-visits. It's also just moments from our new development of contemporary London townhouses for sale in Portobello Square. Another Notting Hill must-see.
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I first went to the Ginstitute in 2012. Back then, it was a tiny room above a pub on Portobello Road, west London, where a handful of people could squeeze in to gen up on gin. After decades in vodka’s shadow, gin was finally starting to come back into fashion. This diminutive drinking den was run by four evangelical ex-bartenders who were flogging their new London dry, named after the road on which it was distilled. Fast-forward five years, and gin is massive – and so is the Ginstitute. In December, it moved a few doors down into a gorgeous new four-storey gin palace, the Distillery. Tasting and distilling now take place in the basement; there is a sleek cocktail bar, the Resting Room, on the ground floor; a bright G&T emporium, GinTonica, above; and three bedrooms at the top.