Refreshing Gin Bar at 214

New gin bar on Bermondsey Street at 214

Almost hiding underground at the south end of London’s coolest street is 214 Bermondsey – a quasi-traditional Gin & Cocktail bar with a difference. The bar is located under Antico, and like Antico, it holds its roots in the antique market that preceded it. This heritage runs through the veins of the ethos, and can be found in the marrow of the décor.

Taking classic cocktails and applying their own twist provides the aforementioned ‘difference’.

Gin is the word, and Gin is certainly their speciality. Three miniature Gin & Tonics with tasting notes in sealed envelopes give you a unique way to differentiate between flavours, and adds a touch of revelry to the evening.

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Tucked away on a quiet lane beside Bermondsey Street, behind a tall white door dangling a loop of string for a bell, is the home and studio of Norman Ackroyd.

Whilst Norman is one of Bermondsey’s longest standing 'new' residents and began etching long before he moved here in 1983, he shows no signs of retiring - still taking the hazardous trips around the British coast which he records simply, but evocatively, in a dramatic greyscale spectrum.

Although fascinated by Britain’s most dramatic coastlines, Norman is a firm urbanite, explaining that he enjoys the contrast of “living ten minutes from the bank of England, while visiting the extreme edges of the British Isles”.

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