Lonely Planet Writer

A pop-up gin bar is opening on London’s first floating park in time for World Gin Day

Nothing says summer like sipping a gin and tonic in the sun – so why not celebrate World Gin Day and London’s warming weather at a pop-up gin bar on a floating park.

A gin cocktail is shown next to botanicals.
Try a number of elaborate gin-based cocktails at a pop-up bar in London. Image by The Botanical Bar

Lockhouse and Merchant Square will launch a new bar – called the Botanical Bar – on London’s first “Floating Pocket Park” in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal. The bar opens on 10 June – just in time to celebrate World Gin Day – and will serve a range of gins and gin-based cocktails with decadent ingredients like rhubarb-infused gin, fresh lavender sugar syrup and freshly picked herbs.

Naturally, G&Ts will be a main attraction, and the bar will have a special menu for the summer favourite using a variety of gins and mixers from The London Essence Company that includes Classic London Tonic, Grapefruit and Rosemary Tonic, Bitter Orange and Elderflower Tonic and Delicate Ginger Ale.

A series of gin brands displayed on wooden crates.
Find your favourite gin a at a pop-up bar in London. Image by The Botanical Bar

If you want to learn more about mixing drinks for yourself or find your favourite gin, the Botanical Bar will host cocktail making classes and gin tastings. The bar will be open until 19 August on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 noon until 9 pm.

If celebrating all things gin sounds appealing, note that London is no stranger to spots centred on the famous tipple. Last year, the transit hub of London Gatwick opened the world’s first airport gin distillery called Nicholas Culpeper. The UK capital even has a gin hotel – complete with “The Ginstitute”, where visitors can make their own unique blend of gin. A gin-based cruise even set sail from the UK this year, while anyone travelling across the Irish Sea can stop in at Ireland’s first gin school in County Louth, where guests can distil their personal blend of gin.