Out growing The Portobello Star at 171 Portobello Road, in 2016 the team relocated just down the road to 186 where our four floor gin emporium stands today.

Our Distillery

Not only is the building called 'The Distillery' but we also have a working distillery in the basement where The Ginstitute Team crafts artisan blends for our bar, shop and for trade.

Years ago, nestled above a 19th century drinking den on London’s world famous Portobello Road, four longtime friends Ged, Jake, Paul & Tom decided, after amassing a staggering collection of gin and alcoholic artefacts, to open The Ginstitute, which became home to a diminutive 30L copper pot Still, Copernicus the Second. It was here that, after discovering the lay of the distilling land and nine months of experimentation, Portobello Road Gin was born.

Slowly but surely something they could be proud of emerged, created from a blend of nine completely natural botanicals from around the world including juniper berries and orris from Tuscany, Spanish lemon peels, bitter orange peels from Haiti or Morocco, nutmeg from Indonesia and cassia bark from South East Asia.

Meet The Team


We’re always looking for confident, reliable bar staff to join our team. If you’re interested in working at The Distillery, email jobs@the-distillery.london.