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The City of London Distillery and Bar

4.5
4.5
60 Reviews
£26 to £40
Cocktail Bar
City of London Distillery offers a unique cocktail bar experience. Not only do the bright copper stills bring unique and unusual interest to the distillery bar, they also fill the air with the aromatic gin vapour- there's no other gin bar in central London quite like it!

That’s why the Evening Standard featured City of London Distillery & Bar as one of the best places to drink gin in London.

A range of gin experiences are also available: tours, tastings and distilling classes. All are bookable via the website. Gift vouchers for these are also available to buy online.

Please note this venue's licence is for over-18s and you may be asked for ID if you appear to be under 25. Thank you!

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Shop Opening Times Mon–Sat 12:00–17:00 Bar Wed–Sat 16:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7936 3636

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We have simple snacks available to order from our bar (deli meat and cheese boards, olives, nuts).

  • Private party facilities

    Please email enquiries@cityoflondondistillery.com detailing the number of guests, date and time, and if you require any catering for your private event. A member of our team will be in touch to help.

  • Area

    Blackfriars

  • Cross Street

    Fleet Street

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Blackfriars, City Thameslink, St Paul's

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

What 60 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. GR

    GeorgeR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super friendly staff, great service and tasty gin. Totally recommended!!
  2. SG

    SarahG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a lovely place. My friends and I attended for a gin tasting tour. Could not fault Steve for his enthusiasm and knowledge of the distillery and history. It certainly was an education for us. Highly recommended and excellent value for money. We stayed for a drink after which was lovely. Will definitely be back.
  3. F

    Fiona

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My friends really enjoyed the place I chose for happy hour drinks. The place was cool and quiet. They had some inventive and tasty drinks. I liked the cheese plate. It was very clean. The servers could have been more attentive but they were really nice & polite. Recommend.
  4. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find! Great ambience, not too hectic ...just a nice relaxing venue to meet with my friend. Great gin and opportunities for trying the different flavoured gins. Also did gin tasting experience...learnt a lot whilst trying 4 different gins! Yum...
  5. OJ

    OliviaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tour and service and gin for a great price - would highly recommend
  6. AD

    AlexD

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic drinks, service and surroundings. Tours and tutored tastings available and you can book an experience to make your own gin. You can choose your own gin flights (which were great) and the food looked fantastic, although we didn’t partake as we had already ate 😊
  7. d

    debbiee

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 of is had the gin flight tray great way to try 5 gins and had 5 dishes on a food sharing platter we all really enjoyed our time here
  8. EP

    EmanuelaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Amazing bar with a wide choice of gin&tonics and cocktails, great atmosphere and nice staff
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Visited to gin tasting and your. Was a good experience and good value for money.
  10. C

    Chels

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden little gem! The feeling when you walk in is extraordinary, paired with the incredible customer service! I tried a gin flight and was not disappointed. Will return for cocktails as they looked like art while he crafted by the bar tender. If you love gin, this is a must!
  11. RS

    RoyS

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my husband to the home of Whitley Neill and had a tour of the distillery and a history of gin. Amazing experience - all the staff were so friendly and welcoming and made sure we had a great time. If you like gin, go here. Now!
  12. MP

    MissP

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Drinks, ambiance and staff were wonderful. Will be back.
  13. C

    Char

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food3service2ambience4
    We didn't have food, it smelled good though. We did have to actively flag down someone to order drinks each time (~70% full bar). Very cool location, you can see the distillery while you enjoy a drink. I asked for a tweaked drink, and the bartender made me an off-menu but same-theme drink which was delicious. Drinks were all delicious and arrived promptly after ordering. Definitely would go back
  14. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Did the tester bar. 5 gin samples and two mixers £20. We enjoyed this as had flavours we would not have normally chosen.
  15. C

    Cat68

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience5
    Having looked on the website we were expecting to be able to get platters but we’re told they no longer did food so just had nuts; then saw someone else with a platter as we left! Enjoyed the gin flight and tried lots of gins we otherwise wouldn’t. Again though this was more expensive than the website which obviously needs updating. Overall a fun experience and will be back to buy some gins.
  16. KM

    KatieM

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Customer service was exceptional and the choice of gins to select from was brilliant. Lovely ambiance and well laid out. Will 100% be back
  17. GB

    GillB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    We had a very pleasant afternoon we didn’t have food hence the 1 star Staff were fab and looking forward to returning
  18. DH

    DeborahH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience4
    We didn’t have food. Cute little place. Too much ice drowning the drinks though! Service was ok nothing great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had booked this weeks in advance, I had even emailed the team directly. They were closed. Now it’s perfectly fine to close the venue so staff can get a break. But at least let folks who have booked a table know.
  20. SH

    SteveH

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    A lovely hidden location and a nice ambience. Gin selection great and a really relaxing place
  21. SN

    SeanN

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great host, very knowledgeable…. Great tasting session
  22. PC

    PaulC

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived having booked three tables of 4. Initially they were pleased to accommodate us and gave us tables we could all fit round. Soon after we all had arrived we’re told there were complaints against us from the staff and asked to leave - I know there was nothing that had happened to cause offence. For a reason that we couldn’t challenge as the manager wouldn’t divulge the actual complaints made, we left! I will let you all make your own minds about this place.
  23. w

    warrend

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Returning visitors from Canada,initially disappointed with the change RE City of London Distillery to Whitley Neil.However our server Pedro?? Explained the changes and guided us towards our favourite Gin and we were made to feel very welcome and special. Hope to see you on our next visit,in the mean time we will be enjoying our bottle of Whitley Neil connoisseur gin.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, lovely staff :)
  25. r

    robertr

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great product, great knowledge of products, great service and great welcome. Can’t wait to go back.
  26. RP

    RuthP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a lovely time here. Fabulous gins, chilled atmosphere, and friendly, attentive staff. My favourite bar!
  27. m

    maryg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2021

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Lovely place to have a drink, food is only platters but they are nice but not what you call a meal they are just for nibbling from but would go again think it’s a hidden gem
  28. KN

    KarenN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service as always - bar staff are friendly especially Pedro and Lexi. Good bar snacks and range of Gin is very good between City of London and now Whitley Neil. Worth paying for the tour too if you get the chance to learn about Gin and get money off a bottle of gin too
  29. j

    jrphatarfod

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely bar, rather hidden. Always a low-lit classy ambiance, high quality gin at a reasonable price for London (as in, no more expensive but distilled on-site). To be recommended.
  30. D

    Duffo

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Extremely disappointed. Booked a table in the bar with a view to booking for a pre-wedding get together with friends next year. On ordering drinks we were advised that no food was available as this needed to be pre-booked. Website is not clear on this and confirmation email also had menu details link on it but again no mention of pre booking. We were told that they had to pre order food in - we are only talking about cured meats and cheeses here. Selection of gins was good and service was ok.
  31. d

    davea

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for pre theatre drinks, will visit again
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday get together with fellow gin drinkers. We were looked after so well!
  33. JP

    JasonP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    It was good however the bar people concentrated more on those who had the full package ie the chat about the Gin etc waited a while for a drink and we was at the bar not away from it
  34. JR

    JoeR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect gin and better service. A++ would recommend to a friend.
  35. PM

    PatrickM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    An excellent venue. Spotlessly clean with very friendly, positive and helpful staff. An interesting and informative tour and gear gin. We did not order food but the free nibbles were very good. I would highly recommend the bar just as a tranquil and relaxed place to meet friends. I certainly will be returning! A big thanks to the staff for a thoroughly enjoyable time.
  36. j

    jp1016

    London

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    There for some drinks before a meal elsewhere (so did not have any food) - but a really nice, quiet spot given the location - with a calm ambiance and a great spot for a couple of cocktails/gins. Friendly service - will definitely go back if in the area again.
  37. BD

    BethD

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing! And highly recommend the gin tasting experience
  38. JK

    JohnK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great choice of drinks and really friendly staff. I’ll definitely be back!
  39. TE

    TomE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great all round experience - lovely gin came home with 3 bottles hic
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience of gin testing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The City of London Distillery and Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for The City of London Distillery and Bar

22-24 Bride Ln, London, EC4Y 8DT

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Fleet Street

  • Area

    Blackfriars

  • Hours of Operation

    Shop Opening Times Mon–Sat 12:00–17:00 Bar Wed–Sat 16:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Blackfriars, City Thameslink, St Paul's

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7936 3636

  • Catering

    We have simple snacks available to order from our bar (deli meat and cheese boards, olives, nuts).

  • Private party facilities

    Please email enquiries@cityoflondondistillery.com detailing the number of guests, date and time, and if you require any catering for your private event. A member of our team will be in touch to help.

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