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5 Bars Where Gin Is Taken Seriously.
By Mary Anne Evans
Saturday, 7th December 2013
 

Gin has come a long way since Hogarth depicted an 18th-century London where the poor got 'drunk for a penny and dead drunk for tuppence' on mother’s ruin.
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Today’s small boutique breweries springing up in the capital are distilling some flavourful varieties for young hipsters who know their botanicals.

Here is a list of places where you’ll get more than the average G&T.

St. James's: Dukes Bar
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London doesn’t get more clubby than the intimate Dukes bar in the boutique eponymous hotel. Tucked down a small side street just off St. James’s, this is where smart imbibers order the ice-cold, potent gin martini from bartender Alessandro Palazzi.

He’ll only allow you two, using a regularly changing stock of specialised gins like handcrafted Whitley Neill. He deserves the overused ‘legendary’ label - those in the know claim he makes the best martini in the world.
 
Dukes, 35 St. James’s Place, SW1A 1NY; 020 7491 4840

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