Knowing your liquorice from your cucumber botanicals is now analogous to knowing the difference between a glass of tempranillo and a glass of merlot, so what better time to swot up on your gin ability?

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Grab your hens and head to Notting Hill to The Ginstitute, where you will learn about the history of the tasty juniper juice as you create your own special brew at the Portobello Star.

You'll get a bottle of your own concoction to take home - and your recipe will be recorded, so you can re-order for you big day if you so wish. Who's for gin-based cocktails at the reception?

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A gin degree from The Portobello Star in Notting Hill London costs £100 per person; www.portobellostarbar.co.uk