The Distillery


The Distillery, London

One thing you probably don’t know: Several buildings in London have bee hives on their roofs. One thing you probably do: we’re experts at sniffing out fine cocktails. For the next chapter in our Best Bars in the World Series, our noses led us to The Distillery, Bankside. We met for a cocktail with Head Bartender, Giacomo Falcicchio.

Hilton Bankside Beehives Designed by Alex Monroe (1)-minThe Distillery is as proud of its past as it is ambitious about its future, with relics from its history as a perfume factory dotted around the bar. They take gin seriously. They offer 60 different types, have a special ultimate gin & tonic menu, and are about to launch a new gin masterclass. Their onsite bee hive means they use fresh honey in cocktails, assuming the chef doesn’t nab it first.

Giacomo has been bartending for over seven years. He started in his native Italy before being seduced by the grey skies of London. He tells us how cocktail culture here is different. Italians love their classics – Campari is one of their main food groups – whereas Brits look for newer and more innovative ways of making and serving drinks. If he only had an hour left on Earth, his final drink would be Corpse Reviver No.2: Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, Lemon juice, and absinthe. Strong.

The Distillery Hilton Bankside

Gin excites Giacomo. The new distilleries opening all the time means there is always something new to experiment with. He likes Brockmans because of the way it stands apart from other gins. The berry notes mean it’s at home in a wide range of cocktails, as well as making a truly unique G&T. Guests are more discerning than ever. They expect something new and different. With Brockmans, Giacomo can give them what they’re after.

By now, our thirst was in serious need of quenching. Thankfully Giacomo was on hand to make us their new Brockmans cocktail:

The Distillery Hilton Bankside Carat CocktailCarat

By Giacomo Falcicchio


  • 40ml Brockmans Gin
  • 20ml Winter infused Martini Rosso
  • 10ml Chambord
  • 5ml Galliano
  • Edible gold
  • Dash of cherry bitters


Shake the ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe. Enjoy the sparkles.

Information about tickets for masterclasses will be on their website soon. The Distillery is open every day from 10am-12:00am, and can be found at Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0UG.