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With the ever flourishing renaissance of gin in the UK, there has never been a better time to whet your taste buds with the refreshing taste of gin and tonic. From a rather disreputable inception over 300 years ago on the back streets of London, gin has risen through the echelons to become the drink of the sophisticated and savvy.

With such a breadth of history and choice, start your journey with a gin that has been a superior presence throughout. Originally distilled in 1830, Tanqueray London Dry Gin is universally loved by bartenders and cocktail lovers, with a distinct botanical line up of juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice, making it a sophisticated and perfectly balanced partner to sparkling tonic water.

But, with thousands of bars to choose from in London, where is the best place to start your evening in style with a Tanqueray and Tonic? Tanqueray ambassador and expert mixologist Tim Homewood has chosen his top three bars to drink gin in London.image003

1) Hixter Bankside
16 Great Guildford St - http://www.hixterbankside.co.uk/
Why?
The third instalment of Mark Hix’s restaurant series, Mark’s Bar is the perfect theatrical drinking den to enjoy a gin and tonic. Located in the basement, expect a playfully adorned cocktail bar with salvaged cinema-style seating and an art installation that replicates a London underground tube carriage; experience British libations with a touch of glamour.

What?
A generously portioned Tanqueray and Fever Tree tonic water, with half a lime sliced lengthways for a nose full of citrus. For a twist, try the Tom Collins (Tanqueray London Dry with lemon juice, sugar and soda water)
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2) The Folly

41 Gracechurch Street - http://www.thefollybar.co.uk/
Why?
Botanical bliss in a concrete jungle - Part industrial wonderland, part Garden of Eden; find yourself surrounded by citrus trees, flower arrangements and beautifully patterned furniture. A sophisticated and refreshing calm in the storm for those seeking refuge with a chilled G&T. 

What?
The talented bartenders create three brand new cocktails every day, to supplement their ‘Leaner’, ‘Cleaner’ and ‘Fresher’ cocktail menus. You can’t beat the pure simplicity of a Tanqueray and Tonic, some Italian green olives, and the feeling that you may just be sitting in a very cool bar in the middle of Barcelona rather than the heart of grey London!
Or if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Princess Rossini (Tanqueray Gin, “the collector” vermouth, sloe gin, blackberry, vanilla and Prosecco).
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3) The Cocktail Trading Company
22 Great Marlborough Street - http://www.thecocktailtradingco.co.uk/

Why? A vintage Victorian, yet laid back bar decorated with modern art. Come for the deliciously inventive cocktails, stay for the talented resident pianist who plays a wide variety of contemporary tunes and old classics. This recently opened bar was co-founded by UK winner of Diageo’s World Class competition 2012, Andy Mil.

What?
With the combined talent of Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball, you can’t go wrong. Ask for an inventive twist on a Tanqueray and Tonic, or salivate over cocktails served in a strange variety of manners (such as Chinese Takeaway boxes and with roasted marshmallows) – the perfect surprise to entertain your date with.

 

By no means is gin and tonic exclusively reserved for drinking in bars. Pick up a bottle of Tanqueray London Dry from Waitrose (RRP: 70cl £21.50), fill a glass with cubed ice (try a Copa glass for a glamorous twist), place a lime wheel on top to pour the Tanqueray through and top up with a small bottle of premium tonic water – such as Fever Tree. Savor the taste and enjoy!

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We are wonderfully lucky in London to have a huge range of foods at our fingertips but one of our favourite imports and specialities is cured meats. There are a number of great placed to find amazing cured meat offerings in London but we are listing our top 5. Happy eating!

Ginger Pig

You'll find them around London and online. They have a good selection and all the meat is great quality. Their stock rotates seasonally so there's always something different.

Brindisa

Found in both Borough and Brixton, here you can buy a whole Iberico ham if you should so wish it, they also host a carving school so that you'll be able to cut it once you get it home. You will find hand carved Serrano ham here too as well as artisan Spanish Cheeses, cooking Chorizo as well as cured, all sorts of oils, Spanish almonds and more.

Lina

Your first option in Soho, established in 1944 they have a great heritage in the area. They have a large range of imported Italian meats, you can pick up some freshly made pasta while you're there too. Expect to find Parma ham, mortadella, bresaola – as well as some interesting lesser known varieties, such as ‘nduja, a spicy, soft salame from Calabria.

Camisa

Your second option in Soho. A small and tightly packed shop where meat will be sliced for you to take home. Camisa has been in Soho since the 60s and has a loyal following.

Moen's

Moen's in Clapham is great if you want to push the boat out as the prices are a bit steep but the meat is great. Their Pata Negra is pretty famous. If you can afford to go it's a real treat - even the shop itself is a joy to visit with it's dark navy outside and beckoning warmly lit interior.

 

 

Rooftop Film Club

The weather's getting a little better and that means something - the pop up cinemas are coming back to London. There's been a few over the winter but the summer is when they really come into their own. If you want to keep up to date with pop up cinema events in London over this summer then make sure you note down our favourites below -

Pop Up Screens

The name is straight forward enough. Here you get what it says on the tin, a pop up screen in a different location in London each time with a different film. Their next event is Notting Hill, screened in Notting Hill.

Edible Cinema

Throughout May the Edible Cinema will return, this time in cahoots with Bombay Sapphire. The Edible Cinema seeks to recreate the film it's showing in your mouth as you watch with food inspiration taken from the film in a literal sense but also something as something more obscure.

Nomad Cinema

One of the early adopters of the pop up cinema screen idea, these guys are always on the move as the name might suggest. They also keep their prices a reasonable £10. Keep an eye to see where they will be showing films under the stars this summer.

The Drive In Film Club

Here you can pretend you're in the days of old as you pull up in your car (handy given our UK weather's unpredictability) and watch a film from the comfort of your own car seats with nibbles and drinks on hand. The Drive In Cinema can be found at Alexandra Park and Brent Cross this summer.

The Rooftop Film Club

Up above London and away from it all you can watch films with these guys with starry surroundings. The Rooftop Film Club can be found in Hoxton and Peckham this May and has films screening almost every day. IT's a little more pricey than the rest at around £30 but the locations are cool.

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