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The Ginstitute

171 Portobello Road, London W11 2DY, England
+44 20 3588 7800
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A masterclass in gin making

The Ginstitute Masterclass is a great, fun couple of hours. Just the right amount of history (and... read more

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Gill S
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Visited gone 11 pm and atmosphere was lovely. We saw another table getting table service so sat... read more

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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
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171 Portobello Road, London W11 2DY, England
Notting Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

The Ginstitute Masterclass is a great, fun couple of hours. Just the right amount of history (and tipples) to get you in the mood then a great session tasting various botanicals. You choose your own combination to add to their Portobello London Dry gin base,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited gone 11 pm and atmosphere was lovely. We saw another table getting table service so sat and waited for nearly 10 minutes before going to the bar. The man was a bit short and could have been friendlier. Two staff members then came over...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like gin, this is the best experience you'll have. And the best value. Although initially sounding expensive, it's not because you get 4 cocktails + 2 bottles of gin to take home. Really interesting history of gin talk - even an historian will...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a trip here for a birthday treat and had a fantastic time. Hugely entertaining and informative, with quite a bit of gin thrown in. Well worth the money and the only criticism would be it’s too far from home. If you like Gin...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought as a Christmas present for my dad who is difficult to buy for, we went yesterday and all absolutely loved it! Whilst £120 each seems a lot, it is very good value for money as you get LOADS of gin throughout the day, and...More

Thank Narisa K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were greeted at 11 a.m. with a Tom Collins (a bit too sweet for me) and the hour-long lecture on the history of gin began. But don’t let this put you off. There were 16 in the group and the history lesson takes place...More

Thank KarlWiggins
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

£120 seemed a lot- well worth it! 2 bottles of gin and about 20 tasters and 5 drinks. The guys are passionate and interesting, a great experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for a special birthday treat with friends of all ages and we had a fab time. The cocktails were great but the best part was learning all about the botanicals, tasting them and then creating your very own recipe. You get to take...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife booked us in for the gin tasting & making experience. What a fantastic night-out! Interesting history lesson to start the evening (including gin cocktails and a couple of G&T's) followed by tasting of an extensive range of ingredients. Finally, you blend your own...More

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I got two tickets for ' the experience ' for Christmas. My boyfriend got this for me as I'm a gin fanatic and obsessed with botanicals , and all the old ways of using them for medicine , drinks , perfume etc . I was...More

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lorrainem1957
14 March 2018|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
We paid £120 each, but you get 2 bottles of gin to take away and you get 4 gins during the experience
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deeton
5 February 2018|
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Response from clggga | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do share from the same glass but the alcohol sure kills off any germs. Don’t be put off.
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TalieD15
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
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