The Ginstitute, Portobello Road, London, England

London’s second smallest museum can be found above this Notting Hill bar. The museum has included a vintage copper still, Prohibition-era bottles of the stuff and antiquarian cocktail books. It also contains the Ginstitute, where Mr Jake F Burger holds well-researched classes on the subject.

Lubricated by several glasses of Tom Collins, students learn about the history, the botanicals used to flavour gin, and create their own blend to take away in a personally signed bottle.

These three gilded opulent glass signs were made to give the atmosphere of a traditional London bar, common throughout London at the turn of the century.

The craftsmanship in these panels were  all hand created using traditional methods from the Turn of the Century.

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7 Responses to “The Ginstitute, Portobello Road, London, England”

  1. richard says:

    Hi
    saw the piece on “inside out ” tonight, just want to say the work you do is amazing i was glued to the tv.

    you sir are a true craftsman

    regards richard

  2. Julio Cesar says:

    Dave,

    Your work is amazing! Mindboggling amount of detail I can’t stop looking through it again and again. Tough I have a doug. Is your acid etching done with Hidrofluoridric Acid? If so, how do you deal with it? This thing is scary! Gives me the chills just thinking about dealing with it on a day to day basis…

    Thanks for any insights.
    JC

  3. Max says:

    In my opinion the best glass I’ve ever seen.

  4. David Smith says:

    Very kind Max.!

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  6. Scritch says:

    your draughtsmanship is really beautiful. i’m an illustrator and sometimes drawings take a while but I can’t imagine the attention to detail and patience you have. I’m totally inspired.

  7. [...] story of London and gin is fascinating, and after multiple Tom Collins surrounded by glass art by David Smith, off you go upstairs to the copper still and make your very own gin. All we have to say is, go!   [...]

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