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The Ginstitute

  • 01/05/2018 to 31/05/2018
  • £110pp

Ticket price includes four cocktails throughout the three hour session and two 70cl bottles - one of Portobello Road No 171 and one of your own personal blend!


The Ginstitute, 186 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LA
01/05/2018 to 31/05/2018
Mon-Thu 19.00; Fri 14.00, 17.00 & 19.00; Sat 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 & 19.00; Sun 14.00

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The Ginstitute began its life as London’s smallest museum above a building that is ingrained with an alcohol-sodden past, No. 171 Portobello Road, a public house since the 19th century. Outgrowing its diminutive home & combined with the desire of the Portobello Road Gin team to bring production of the gin back to its roots, in 2016 they upped sticks and moved a few doors down London’s most famous street to No.186, where lies a building that has housed drinking establishments since 1867, most famously The Colville Hotel, known affectionately as 'the Pisshouse’.


The team behind Portobello Road Gin have tucked their (significantly larger) museum & blending room below this historic building in the basement, where the Master Distiller Jake Burger & his team of Ginstructors are frequently bothered by the ghost of a nimble-fingered but clumsy bartender named Charles. Joining this disparate group are the shiny new alembic copper Stills, the stupendous 400L King Henry & his 30L sidekicks, Copernicus the Third & Copernicus the Fourth.


Join the team at The Ginstitute for an in-depth journey through the gin’s colourful and checkered past; from its creation by the Dutch, its journey across the sea with William the Conqueror, to Hogarth & his gin lane, finishing with the golden era of gin. Once sufficiently briefed, your Ginstructor will guide you through to one of the Blending Rooms to nose your way through an eclectic range of pure botanical distillates and choosing your favourites to create your own bespoke blend of gin. You’ll be lubricated by a multitude of their favourite gin cocktails along the way before leaving the session with a bottle of your own personal blend to take home and enjoy.

Ticket price includes four cocktails throughout the three hour session and two 70cl bottles, one of your own personal blend and one of theirs!