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The Langham London Brings Back The Gin Palace

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October 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

When The Langham Hotel London first opened its doors in the mid 1800's, gin was one of the most popular drinks in town, with so-called Gin Palaces numbering in the thousands throughout the city. Londoners had fallen so deeply in love that a Gin Craze followed.

Nearly two centuries later, The Langham is celebrating the return of the Gin Palace.

The hotel's famous Palm Court is transformed Thursday through Saturday evenings from 7pm until midnight in a partnership with distillery Sipsmith, established in 2009 and London's first copper distillery to open for nearly two hundred years. Live jazz is the backdrop for a menu that follows the evolution of gin, from its origins in 1690 to the arrival of the G&T and today's futuristic "molecular mixology".

Tasting dishes are paired with each drink, like the "Transition" (Sipsmith Gin, Byrrh, Mandarin bitters, maraschino) with chocolate and praline mousse, and apple gingerbread crumble. There's some intriguing options, like cornish crab with cucumber and miso alongside "Spontaneity" (Sipsmith Gin, Falernum, lime Juice, Peychauds, sesame oil, and shiso leaf). The majority of drinks are £14 ($23), with dishes £7.50 ($12).

The Langham also offers 380 bedrooms, ranging from a Classic room to the two-bedroom Infinity Suite, with semi-circular living room and an infinity spa bath that inspired its name. We found a Classic room for £225 ($365) on a Saturday in October.

[Photo: Langham Hotels]

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