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 we 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’.

We’ve tucked our (significantly larger) museum & blending room below this historic building in the basement, where our 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 our shiny new alembic copper Stills, the stupendous 400L King Henry & his 30L sidekicks, Copernicus the Third & Copernicus the Fourth.

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The Experience

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.

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How to book

Tickets to The Ginstitute are £120 and each session lasts around three hours. Each blender will receive four drinks during the session, so we suggest you eat before visiting, and two bottles for gin, one of your own personal blend and a bottle of Portobello Road Gin

Bookings for each session need to be made in advance, but not at the time of purchase. Follow the link below for more information and to view the session times which are currently available.

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