Tucked away down a narrow alleyway off busy Oxford Street is The Star Café, a family-run Soho institution founded in 1933. By day, locals stop by for traditional full English breakfasts, hearty lunches and cups of coffee. By night, The Star Café becomes The Star at Night, home to The London Gin Club.
Here, gin comes in more than 200 guises and there are four ways to order it: in a copa glass over cracked ice, each gin paired with a particular tonic and garnish; as a cocktail, classic or inventive; as a flavoursome “ginfusion”, again with tonic; or as a four- or eight-part tasting menu. The latter, which starts from £25, may sound a little laboratory-like but don’t let that put you off. After a quick guided tour through the menu you’ll be left to sip in peace.
Whatever you decide to drink, be sure to book ahead. And there’s no need to worry about dinner after: a small food menu of nibbles, cheese and charcuterie boards, and winning pies will keep you going long into the night.
The London Gin Club at The Star, 22 Great Chapel Street, London, W1F 8FR.
Photo: The London Gin Club.