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The Ginstitute Experience

£120 pp

Join us 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 of Orange, to Hogarth & his gin lane, finishing with the golden era of gin. Once sufficiently briefed, your Ginstructor will guide you through to one of our 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 our favourite gin cocktails along the way before leaving the session with a bottle of your own personal blend to take home and enjoy.

Session Times
Mon - Thurs
19:00
Fridays
14:00 · 17:00 · 19:00
Saturdays
11:00 · 13:00 · 15:00 · 17:00 · 19:00
Sundays
13:00 · 16:00
Duration · 3hr
The Experience

The Ginstitute Experience

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1. Arrive at The Distillery

On the day of your visit to The Ginstitute please get yourself to The Distillery at No.186 Portobello Road at least 10 minutes before your session starts to ensure your party sits together. Enter through the door on Talbot Road and you’ll arrive into The Distillery shop. Announce yourself to our shopkeeper and hand them your voucher. You’ll be directed downstairs into the History Room for the first half of the session.

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2. Meet & Greet

Once all the guests have arrived downstairs you will be greeted by your Gin Instructor. Hopefully by this point you’ll have finished your first drink because their will be a Tom Collins ready and waiting. Your host will then explain to the group the format of the next few hours, if you’ve read this you can just ignore them.

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3. A History Lesson in Gin

For the first hour of your session the Gin Instructor will take you through the long, and frequently miserable, history of gin. From the drinks origins as a medicine through the gin craze which gripped Britain for 200 years and onto the Golden Era of gin as a cocktail ingredient and finally to how gin has taken its position in the modern world and the ‘ginaissance’ it is currently.

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4. How Gin is Made

Once you’ve met King Henry, our illustrious 400L copper pot still and his diminutive roommate, Copernicus The Fourth (don’t ask about the other three), your gin instructor will explain to you the processes involved in creating gin and give a quick overview of the many rules and regulations which gin producers are obliged to abide.

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5. Get to Know the Botanicals

Now it is time to get a little more hands on, and noses on as well, as you will be given a tutored tasting and nosing of the botanicals that are available to you, some will be familiar to you from the worlds of cuisine, perfume and confectionary, others less so. This is where you really get to understand the impact on your gin that the selection of these ingredients is going to have.

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6. Craft Your Own Gin

Having made your selections, your Gin Instructor will now assist you in blending the various distilled botanicals together to create your completely unique recipe. A full bottle of this will be assembled which each guest of The Ginstitute is able to take home with them at the end of the night. This recipe is also recorded on our database which means that additional bottles can be purchased via the website at any point in the future.

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7. Graduation

Once each of the guests present has created and received their blend of gin you'll all be given one last cocktail, usually a Martini if you’re feeling up to it, and we’ll also present you with a bottle of our personal blend to take away, which of course went on to become Portobello Road Gin.

Gift Vouchers

Our Ginstitute Vouchers are the perfect gift for gin lovers & cocktail enthusiasts. Hand addressed on thick, gilded card, recipients can book a session with a years grace.

We hold sessions daily from Monday to Thursday at 7pm, Fridays at 2pm, 5pm & 7pm, Saturdays at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm and on Sundays 12pm and 2pm. Sessions last approximately 3 hours and you will need to bring your voucher with you on the day to redeem entry to your session.

Dispatched via Royal Mail.

We thoroughly recommend eating before your session. No food is provided. Why not enquire at The Distillery to visit one of our bars and restaurants.

All visitors must be 18+.

Contact & Location

We are a 6 minute walk (0.3 miles) from Ladbroke Grove which is on the Hammersmith and City and Cirlce lines and a 14 minute walk (0.7 miles) from Notting Hill Gate, which is on the Circle, Central and District lines. Both stations are serviced by buses.

020 3034 2234

186 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LA

Re-order Custom Gin Recipe

Enjoyed the gin you made during your time at the Ginstitute, or want to buy it as a gift? We can recreate your recipe! Simply enter the code found on the front of your custom Gin bottle in the box.