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The Ginstitute

171 Portobello Road, London W11 2DY, England
+44 20 3588 7800
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Great night!

An absolute must if you like gin. Educational, funny, and quite boozy. You'll learn the history of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alistair W
via mobile
Interesting, Fabulous & Fun

Absolutely loved it! Jake was knowledgeable & made it very interesting & fun. The 3 hours flew by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Banbury, United Kingdom
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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.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
171 Portobello Road, London W11 2DY, England
Notting Hill
+44 20 3588 7800
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An absolute must if you like gin. Educational, funny, and quite boozy. You'll learn the history of gin, have a great laugh, learn all about how it's made, and what goes in to it. And come away at the end with your very own blend...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved it! Jake was knowledgeable & made it very interesting & fun. The 3 hours flew by. Love the concept, love the venue, love the drinks & the bonus was I love my own! A super afternoon & I would highly recommend. Thanks Jake...More

Thank kirst0908
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ginstitute Experience was a Christmas present for my wife, a massive gin fan. The Ginstitute is easy to find on Portobello Road and is surrounded by some other great bars and restaurants and easily worth some of your time in the capital. We were...More

Thank BradleyWiggins
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fabulous evening at the Masterclass. Greeted with a Tom Collins and a talk on the origins of gin from Luke and a very knowledgeable talk through its history, tasting a few other gins and mixers on the way. Followed by a couple of...More

Thank Kat F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attended the ginstitute yesterday for what turned out to be 3 hours of history, gin drinking, gin making and lots of fun! Our host for the 3 hours was a guy called Cody who took us through the history of gin which was actually very...More

Thank elaine d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited last night 2-1-18 for the gin making experience. Upon arrival you are presented with a Tom Collins. First hour you learn about the history of gin. Next its making your own gin and learning about the botanicals, takes hour and half plus. Anyone interested...More

Thank Trevor S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went for a gin experience at the Ginstitute and it was a blast. Jack, our host, was very knowledgeable and great fun. We left with a bottle of our own personalised gin and a bottle of the house Portobello Road gin...More

Thank Flubu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I treated my friend to a Cocktail making Masterclass for Christmas and my Birthday. We visited The Ginstitute a couple of years ago to make our own gin and thoroughly enjoyed the evening, so I was excited to see that we could return for a...More

Thank 10sman2017
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a Gin and Tonic. The gin was great, the service was really bad. 10 mins after being seated, had to go to bar to order a gin. When order arrived, had missed the sparkling water ordered. Asked if any food available? Told...More

Thank mjturner73
Reviewed 14 December 2017

This was the best! So interesting to learn the history of gin and mixing your own bottle was great. The cocktails provided were great and the staff were all so friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank SWilcott
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24 October 2017|
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Response from Softmint61 | Reviewed this property |
Yes each person has their own made and receives a bottle to take home
Tomi R
31 August 2017|
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Response from Sandra W | Reviewed this property |
Not good. I didn’t see a lift and there are stairs
10 February 2017|
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Response from UK_Tad | Reviewed this property |
Hi I'm sorry I don't know what time the restaurant opens. We visited at 2pm so had lunch nearby. There are several places to eat nearby in Portabello road or give the Ginstitute a ring and they maybe able to help you. I... More