London’s largest gin list unveiled
Mr Fogg’s Tavern in Covent Garden has unveiled what it claims to be London’s largest gin list with over 300 different expressions on pour at its gin parlour.
The ever-evolving collection features gins from across the globe, in keeping with the bar’s theme as the salon of Phileas Fogg from Around the World in 80 Days.
Among the rarer jewels in the collection are some of the last remaining bottles of Plymouth Coates & Co from around 1940.
Also on pour is F.E.W Barrel Aged Gin from Illinois, home of the Temperance Movement, which takes its name from founder Francis Elizabeth Willard. Evanston, where the distillery is based, was a dry town until the late 1990s.
All of the usual suspects, from Tanqueray, Monkey 47, Chase, Bulldog, Hayman’s, Dodd’s, City of London, No. 3 and Sipsmith are also present and correct.
The bar, decked out to look like a Victorian gin salon complete with waitresses in corsets, also offers a wide array of tonics to pair with the gins.
To celebrate the launch of the list, the bar is offering customers the chance to go on a “gin safari”, harking back to the days when gin & tonic became popular in the British colonies as the quinine in the tonic supposedly warded off mosquitoes.
On arrival, guests are served a G&T made with a “mystery” gin before embarking on the safari, where they are taught about the history of the spirit and its botanicals during a masterclass run by one of the bar’s mixologists.