The Distillery Bar Bankside

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Bronze Award

Set in the new Hilton London Bankside, The Distillery Bar is a well-appointed spot whose designers have made a good fist of transforming a potentially bland glass box into a destination nu-Edwardian-styled cocktail lounge. Its interesting drinks list is big on homemade aromatics, infusions and flavourings, drawing on the site’s past as home to Stevenson & Howell, manufacturers of cordials and essences. Orgeat (almond) syrup, for example, informs A Star of the North, one of many gin-based ideas using a range of over 50 premium British and international brands. Pleasing decorative touches include a display of vintage coloured glass soda siphons and a feature wall of 16,500 pre-decimal copper pennies. That’s £68.75 in today’s money – about the cost of a couple of blue cheese Vodkatinis and some snacks. Order club sandwich, Caesar salad, or meze such as five spice-dusted pork belly. Craft beers and wines by the glass add allure. 

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


In the heart of Bankside, within the Hilton London hotel, The Distillery Bar is a cocktail alchemist’s haven crafting cocktails and infusions with dedication and skill. Inside, you’ll find an old-world style bar reminiscent of 1930s Gentleman’s Bars. Anticipate coloured glass soda syphons, glistening seltzer bottles, rich green leather sofas, oak parquet flooring, and William Morris-inspired carpeting.

It sits on the site of the Victorian fragrance factory and essential oil distiller, Stevenson & Howell, and makes mileage out of its name creating aromatics, infusions, and bitters in-house. Naturally, there’s an extensive collection of gins at The Distillery Bar with over 100 types from around the world each hand-selected and carefully thought through. Expect a variety of ‘perfect gin and tonics’ infused and paired with the best tonics to maximise flavour and enjoyment. But it’s not all gin, you’ll find non-alcoholic options wines, draught beers, and some brilliant Summer cocktails inspired by Greek gods.

Perhaps you’ll be tempted by the ‘Aphrodite - Love’s Curse’, a blend of Beefeater pink gin, smokey whiskey, maraschino, and dry sherry, or maybe the ‘Hephaestus - Forge of the Gods’ featuring black label whiskey, mezcal, cointreau, and apple smoke is more your style. Either way, a dedicated team of bartenders and mixologists is on hand to deliver a tipple that suits you.

The Distillery Bar isn’t just a watering hole, it's a popular spot for coffee meet-ups, business lunches, and evening dates. To accompany the expert drinks offering, expect a menu of nibbles, sharing boards, mains and desserts. From soy and sesame chicken wings and pea ricotta arancini to club sandwiches and Aberdeen Angus burgers you’ll encounter a wealth of seasonal crowd-pleasing menu items. As you leave, check out the wall installation of Victorian pennies inspired by a rumour that the building was once a warehouse for the Bank of England.


Does it serve food?

Yes, there is a menu of mains, sandwiches, bar bites and sharing boards.

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2-8 Great Suffolk Street, Bankside, London, SE1 0UG

020 7593 3901 020 7593 3901


Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:00-00:00
Tue 11:00-00:00
Wed 11:00-00:00
Thu 11:00-00:00
Fri 11:00-00:00
Sat 11:00-00:00
Sun 11:00-00:00


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