The Ginstitute

The Ginstitute, London: Hours, Address, The Ginstitute Reviews: 5/5

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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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The area
Address
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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Philip S
London, UK24 contributions
Dec 2021 • Business
Had a wonderful evening learning all about making gin, our teacher Vida was marvellous and we all
got to leave with our own bespoke bottle.
A real treat!
Highly recommend!
Written December 16, 2021
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Isabel
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We went for a drink on a Sunday - literally the rudest staff I have ever encountered. Clearly too busy and stressed but no need to be so consistently rude to 3 of us on various occasions. Forgot one of our drinks, charged us twice for one round, table service outside is non-existent.
Written November 8, 2021
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Kevin B
13 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Good pub in the centre of Portobello. W good option for a local to visit and meet up with some friends to catch up whilst having a beer.
Written November 4, 2021
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djj
Newport Pagnell, UK1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
Spent a fabulous afternoon , with really enthusiastic people, learnt the History of how Gin came to be , made our own Gin . Brilliant!
Written October 11, 2021
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Lou M
Houston87 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our son is living in London and wanted to find something unique to do while we visited him. This was a really fun activity and enjoyed learning the history of Gin. We had a fun group of people in our room for making the Gin which added to the experience. Your bottle of Goin has a unique identification number so you can reorder your mix if you really enjoy it. Really fun and unique experience.
Written September 19, 2021
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deb_dale40
Chelmsford12 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
What a great Christmas present that was, the girl who did the first part was very knowledgeable and amusing too. The second part in the mixing room was great too. We both chose our flavours and when we sampled our bottles the next day then realised how very different gins can be. A great day and well worth a trip, especially walking away with four bottles of gin between us, thank you Ginstitute a very enjoyable afternoon 😊🍸
Written September 16, 2021
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merlin03
Kenilworth, UK503 contributions
This is a great mix of history / drinking and creating your very own blended gin

Really great fun for a couple or a group.

The staff are really friendly and engaged and I’m even tempted to do it again

100% recommended
Written September 6, 2021
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Kevin G
Weymouth, UK402 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Fantastic evening spent in great company with friendly staff too, well worth the money !
Sunny helped end the experience thanks
Written August 8, 2021
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Kevin G
Weymouth, UK402 contributions
What a great night informative regarding the history of gin and the gin tasting went down well! We enjoyed the mixing of our gins with a family from Canada, great company - special mention goes to Sunny he’s an asset to you
Written August 8, 2021
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Tom Greene
London, UK7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I bought the Gin making experience for my dad for his bday. At £120 a person It is expensive but worth absolutely every penny. The first hour was a lesson in the history of gin whilst being regularly given different types of gin cocktails from the teacher. The teacher was genuinely hilarious and made the hour fly by. The cocktails were also delicious and regularly supplied. Think we had 4 in the hour.

The next two hours were the gin making itself. A really interesting, fun and tasty experience that resulted in all of the room trying each other’s gins before each persons bottle was made and sealed for them.

On the way out we were given a goody bag with a 75cl bottle of Portobello gin and a bottle of tonic.

Overall one of the best things I have ever done in London. The 3 hours flew by and it was worth every penny. Would I recommend this experience to anyone!
Written July 8, 2021
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