Every age has its drink. The late 90s and early 00s belonged to vodka, and with it nightclubs and bottle service, bankers and sparklers.
We are now officially in the era of gin, a spirit which was once synonymous with London at its most debauched and wretched, but is now a symbol of the capital at its most fashionable and cultured.
The number of independent distilleries in London is now so high that it is perfectly possible to sip your way around the tube map.
Here are a few of our favourite independent London gin distillers.
East London Liquor Company
The signature gin of the Bow Wharf’s East London Liquor Company is infused with a bright selection of botanicals, including fresh lemon and grapefruit peels, berries, cardamom, coriander, angelica root and Macedonian juniper berries. They also are the base to an exceptional ‘British’ cocktail even if we are a bit biased.
Half Hitch Gin
The distinctive light green hue of Half Hitch Gin is due to the fact that it includes black tea and bergamot as ingredients. It’s distilled in Camden which was once a haven for gin, and its name comes from the knot that was once used to secure barges and boats in Camden Lock.
Boxer gin, named after the sport of the same name, will hopefully not get you fighting drunk. It’s a classic London dry made using wheat from the East of England and steeped with botanicals in a 108 year old copper pot called Angela.
Inspired by an original recipe dating back to the 1830s, Jensen’s London Dry Gin is distilled in a railway arch in Bermondsey, near London Bridge.
Credited as being the distillery that helped to kick start the current gin boom, Sipsmith uses fresh herbs and lime for a smooth and fragrant gin. One of the most important members of the Sipsmith team is Prudence the first copper still to launch in London for over 200 years.
Dodd’s is a crisp London dry-style gin made at the London Distillery Company. The company launched a £1.5 million crowdfunding campaign for a boutique gin distillery inside a pop-up bar in Soho which will serve Martinis made from historic gins dating back to the 1930s.