The Ginstitute
The Ginstitute
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
The Ginstitute provides a unique and unrivalled opportunity to better understand the true spirit of London. Patrons begin their spirituous journey in the UK's second smallest museum - The Ginstitute. Our Gin Instructor will take you through the long and frequently miserable, history of gin. From the drink's origin as a medicine, through the gin craze that gripped Britain for 200 years and onto the Golden Era of gin as a cocktail ingredient and finally how gin has taken it's position in the modern world. Once the History lesson is over, it's time to head upstairs to The Still Room, where Ginterns will test their senses with a tutored tasting and nosing of the key botanical ingredients of London Dry Gin, ready to create their own bespoke one-of-a-kind, unique and hopefully delicious gin. To mark their graduation, students will be presented with a full-size bottle of their own personal blend, the recipe for which will be kept on file for you to reorder as often as you need! Sessions need to be booked in advance.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighborhood: Notting Hill
As West London's friskiest corner, Notting Hill more than manages to retain plenty of the same appeal that's brought the affluent area so much worldwide attention. In this attractive cobblestoned neighborhood, a delectable variety of eateries, independent shops, galleries and street vendors offer a delightful window into how to live the good life in London, with each presenting visitors with an experience that's a little more idiosyncratic and endearing than the last. Travelers looking to forage for antiques should be sure to visit the Portobello Road Market on Saturdays, the largest antiques market in the United Kingdom.
How to get there
  • Ladbroke Grove • 7 min walk
  • Westbourne Park • 10 min walk
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  • neilkeeble2018
    Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Farewell gift
    Finally got to book the Gin Experience Tour. It was a parting gift from previous colleagues. Didn’t know what to expect. But what an absolutely fantastic three hours. Hearing all about the history of Gin whilst sampling cocktails and gins. Then to spend in-depth time learning and making our own brew. You then get to take a bottle home along with a complimentary bottle of their own. Fantastic and well worth it!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Sharon W
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    50th Celebration
    Visited yesterday with my daughter as a birthday celebration. Oh my goodness it was amazing. Carmen was our host and she was very knowledgeable informative but she was also engaging and friendly - she also makes great cocktails!! Talked through the history of gin which was fascinating and sampled a few cocktails, then onto to mixing room. Can’t remember exactly how many but you get to sample around 20 different botanicals, you 100% definitely need to eat before you arrive!!! Whittled them down to our favourite few then the fabulous Carmen concocted them into our own blend. Stumbling out of the place laughing, gin bottles clinking in a bag with my daughter having had the best time is a memory I’ll remember for a long long time. Highly recommend and it’s well worth the price.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Lucy P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent afternoon
    We had an incredible time at the Ginstitute! A perfect balance of fascinating history, blending our own gins, and drinking a lot of gin… Thanks so much to our amazing guide Rosh! Very knowledgeable, and made it a hugely fun afternoon. Would highly recommend :).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • LizUk
    121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an amazing afternoon !
    What an amazing 3 hours we spent here A friend and I had the most brilliant time The cost is worth every penny. The first hour was spent learning about the history of gin washed down by a Tom Collins and then a gin and tonic. We then went through to make our own gin and taste the numerous botanicals which was really fun. We were in a group of 7 and everybody was very friendly The afternoon flew by and we were delighted to not only take a bottle of the gin we crafted home but also a bottle of the house gin too Excellent value for money as we had a Martini. Cocktail half way through the gin making too! Would highly recommend visiting here We took the tube to Ladbroke Grove and it’s about a 5 minute walk
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Cjhodges
    Greyabbey, United Kingdom157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience
    Just a great 3 hour experience learning all about gin - it’s history & how it is made. Plenty of opportunities to taste along the way and of course everyone goes home with their individually made bottle! A must attend event
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • William P
    London, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "Must do" London experience
    Such a fun thing to do as a couple who love their gin. The whole experience was as fun as it was informative. Carmen and Roshni looked after us beautifully and we left with our own blended bottle of gin and a host of happy memories. I can't recommend this experience more highly!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Dominic F
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gintatstic ginstitute
    I went with 2 friends to the ginstitute to learn about gin including a short history and the chance to understand the blending process as well the chance to create our own gin. You do get gin cocktails and gin and tonics along the way. Do not drive because you won’t be able to drive home! Our instructor, who I think was called Vera, but I remember she was from Lithuania, was excellent. We had a great time. Nearly 4 hours of fun. The staff are all brilliant and it’s smack bang in the middle of Portabello Rd. A great trip and if you like gin this is a really interesting and different thing to do.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Nora M
    Acton, Massachusetts236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soooo much gin.....so much fun (and a learning experience too).
    Sign Up for this experience! You learn a lot about gin and its history. You drink a lot. You get creative and create something that appeals to your palate. You walk away (or maybe stumble away) with a full bottle and some other goodies. Hands down it was one of the most fun activities I did on a recent visit to London. Our leader was Carmen. She was terrific. Knowledgeable about gin and its history. Knowledgeable about how what you put into your bottle will taste together. Answered all of our questions. Gave us lots to sample. In the end we had three full cocktails made for us and a couple of tastes of some of their other gins (like the butter gin) before we got to the tasting of the flavors (the big four plus bold, citrus, spice, and dry). The final tasting was ours...neat and then with some tonic. Truly a very fun experience. Make sure that you have had a good lunch before hand....and maybe bring along some savory sponges (snacks to sop up the alcohol). We did this on a Sunday, so a proper Sunday Pub Roast was key to our success.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 6, 2024
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LizUk
UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
What an amazing 3 hours we spent here
A friend and I had the most brilliant time
The cost is worth every penny.
The first hour was spent learning about the history of gin washed down by a Tom Collins and then a gin and tonic.
We then went through to make our own gin and taste the numerous botanicals which was really fun. We were in a group of 7 and everybody was very friendly
The afternoon flew by and we were delighted to not only take a bottle of the gin we crafted home but also a bottle of the house gin too
Excellent value for money as we had a Martini. Cocktail half way through the gin making too!
Would highly recommend visiting here
We took the tube to Ladbroke Grove and it’s about a 5 minute walk
Written September 2, 2023
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Lottie
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Best gin experience out there. Worth every penny. Sam was our gin expert who was amazing, he was engaging when telling us the history of gin and his knowledge was incredible when making our own gins.
Would recommend this experience to any gin lover.
We also stayed at the hotel and ate at the restaurant and would recommend both.
Written August 8, 2022
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NellEdinburgh
Edinburgh, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
This was a Plan B after our event in London was cancelled for Covid 19 - I think we might have had more fun here than we would have at the gig on Saturday night! A brilliant 3 hours, more gin than you can shake a stick at, very knowledgable and patient staff, and yet further bottles of gin - one your very own blend - to take home. What’s not to like. Thanks to The Ginstitute for making a plan B come off even better than Plan A! Recommended!
Written March 15, 2020
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Nora M
Acton, MA236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Sign Up for this experience! You learn a lot about gin and its history. You drink a lot. You get creative and create something that appeals to your palate. You walk away (or maybe stumble away) with a full bottle and some other goodies. Hands down it was one of the most fun activities I did on a recent visit to London.

Our leader was Carmen. She was terrific. Knowledgeable about gin and its history. Knowledgeable about how what you put into your bottle will taste together. Answered all of our questions. Gave us lots to sample. In the end we had three full cocktails made for us and a couple of tastes of some of their other gins (like the butter gin) before we got to the tasting of the flavors (the big four plus bold, citrus, spice, and dry). The final tasting was ours...neat and then with some tonic.

Truly a very fun experience. Make sure that you have had a good lunch before hand....and maybe bring along some savory sponges (snacks to sop up the alcohol). We did this on a Sunday, so a proper Sunday Pub Roast was key to our success.
Written March 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ecosse Claire
Milford, UK325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
My son kindly purchased tickets for my husband and I to visit the Ginstitute - what a great present!

3 hours flew by hearing about the history of gin making, enjoying a few gins and testing the botanicals before making our own bottle of gin. The whole concept is brilliant and the seven of us there had so much fun. Our gins turned out well too!

Thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written June 4, 2021
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Calle1973
Ytterby, Sweden12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
I was really impressed in how The Ginstitute made me feel so welcome.
The experience for me was a fantastic 3 hours of gin. I think everybody did there own gins very well and tastefull. Im more than happy about my own doing.
I can highly recomend this experience to any one. Gin lover or not try it.
Written May 22, 2022
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Martin R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
My wife and I went to the Ginstitute last week and had an absolute BLAST! We learned all about the history of Gin and went on to make our own. Our instructor, Sam, was a top bloke! He was smart, witty, and extremely knowledgeable, way better than Phil (according to my wife who'd been before).

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone remotely interested in drinking and distilling spirits.

Also, whatever you're paying Sam isn't enough 👌🏾👍🏾👏🏾
Written September 2, 2022
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Gavin E
Fleet, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
A fabulous evening for any Gin lover.. my wife and I enjoyed an evening learning the history of Gin whilst enjoying various Gins prepared by our fantastic host, historian and mixologist Sam.. the experience of making our own blend was great fun and a great learning experience.. highly recommend the experience.. now enjoying the Gin we made!!
Written September 17, 2022
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Matt O
Tring, UK147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
A very enjoyable, educational and well lubricated evening out. Highly recommended for all lovers of gin! The session started with an explanation of the history of gin (accompanied by a few drinks).

This was then followed by an introduction to the various botanicals that can be used to create the flavours (including tasting). From that you create your own recipe, which is then produced for you to take away.

If you like gin, you’ll love this.
Written June 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sharon W
Lincolnshire, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Visited yesterday with my daughter as a birthday celebration. Oh my goodness it was amazing. Carmen was our host and she was very knowledgeable informative but she was also engaging and friendly - she also makes great cocktails!!

Talked through the history of gin which was fascinating and sampled a few cocktails, then onto to mixing room. Can’t remember exactly how many but you get to sample around 20 different botanicals, you 100% definitely need to eat before you arrive!!!

Whittled them down to our favourite few then the fabulous Carmen concocted them into our own blend.

Stumbling out of the place laughing, gin bottles clinking in a bag with my daughter having had the best time is a memory I’ll remember for a long long time.

Highly recommend and it’s well worth the price.
Written August 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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The Ginstitute is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM



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