In other words, the meaning behind ‘natural’ wine is as simple as this. It’s wine, but wine made with as little technological intervention as possible from source to bottle. That means no additives or preservatives, and it predominantly is sourced from small-scale producers who use organic grapes and biodynamic methods to make their vino. Plus, rumour has it that it gives us less of a hangover, which is definitely a winner in our books. So, without further ado, here’s our rundown of the best spots in town to find natural wine in London:
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Best natural wine bars in London
So if you’re looking for a glass or two or the stuff, then why not head to one of the natural wine bars in London listed below?
Cave Cuvée, Bethnal Green
Kicking off this list of the best natural wine bars in London is the Bethnal Green-based Cave Cuvée – an intimate, subterranean spot inspired by the wine bars of Paris. Owner Brodie Meah is currently the ‘nation’s fastest-growing supplier of natural wine’, and given the success at their natural wine shop Shop Cuvée (more on that later), he then decided to open his own wine bar.
The focus here is on wines here which are free from any pesticides or chemicals, and varieties include orange wine, organic wine and the intriguingly-named ‘natty wine’ too. It’s a very cosy and quaint spot – perfect for a date night it has to be said – and the friendly staff will be on hand to give you any advice or recommendations you’d like. They’ve also got some bloody delicious hot dogs on the menu here too.
📍You’ll find Cave Cuvée at 250A Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0AA.
🚇 Nearest stations are Bethnal Green and Shoreditch High Street.
Lady of the Grapes, Covent Garden
Decked out in countless shelves of bottles and serving up some mean charcuterie boards too, the Lady of the Grapes is the place to go if you’re looking to dig into some vino and cheese when you’re in Central London.
The focus here is on organic and natural wines made solely by female producers, and they sell everything here by the glass, carafe and bottle too. The staff will be happy to help you find exactly the right vino for you depending on your palette, and you can also buy a bottle and take it home with you if you’d rather drink it at home.
📍You’ll Lady of the Grapes at 16 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NJ.
🚇 Nearest station is Charing Cross.
A dog-friendly, neighbourhood wine shop-come-bar, Dan’s is from the man behind Natty Boy Wines, whose ethos is to source wines which are natural or sourced as sustainably as possible.
They’ve got everything here from ‘easy reds’ to ‘textural whites’, and their ‘Sunday sesh’ gives you the chance to enjoy corkage for just a fiver – what could be better than that, hey?! Add in some pretty tasty bar snacks and you’ve got yourself Dalston’s new go-to place.
📍You’ll find Dan’s at 2-4 Tottenham Road, London, N1 4BZ.
🚇 Nearest station is Dalston Junction.
Antidote Wine Bar, Carnaby
Next up on this roundup of the best natural wine bars in London is Antidote Wine Bar – a chic bar and restaurant located right in the heart of Soho. They specialise here in natural wines as well as classic French dishes, so if you’re wanting to get a taste of France when you’re in town then this is one of the best places to go.
The upstairs dining area is roomy and atmospheric, but the bustling wine bar below is really where you want to head. Sip and swirl your way through a whole host of biodynamic wines, and if you get peckish, then gorge your way through one of the delicious charcuterie boards they’ve got on offer.
📍You’ll find Antidote Wine Bar at 12a Newburgh Street, Soho, London, W1F 7RR.
🚇 Nearest station is Oxford Circus.
An intimate neighbourhood bar based in South London’s Brockley, Joyce’s predominant focus is on small, local producers. They’ve got 12 taps here – all offering craft beers, IPAs and ciders – and there’s a whole load of natural wine on offer here too.
Only opening at the tail end of last year, they’ve become a highly-popular spot attracting people from all over town – and for good reason. It’s a warm and welcoming spot which is perfect for a glass of natural wine or two with mates.
📍You’ll find Joyce at 294 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2RA.
🚇 Nearest station is Crofton Park.
Diogenes the Dog, Elephant and Castle
Diogenes the Dog is a rustic wine bar and shop based in Elephant and Castle which takes its name from Diogenes – a controversial Greek philosopher who was one of the founders of Cynicism.
They bill themselves as ‘your cynical neighbourhood wine bar, café and online shop’, and it is with this inquisitive nature that they approach their wines. Owner Sunny Hodge aims to feature a rotating list of the true ‘underdogs of the wine world’, and sources vinos from newer winemaking regions such as Poland, Texas and China. They also do wine tastings and even oyster platters here too. Winner, winner.
📍You’ll find Diogenes the Dog at 96 Rodney Road, London, SE17 1BG.
🚇 Nearest station is Elephant and Castle.
40 Maltby Street, Bermondsey
A Bermondsey staple here, 40 Maltby Street is an intimate and atmospheric spot based in a railway arch (where else?) Part wine bar, part restaurant, they’ve got some of the very best natural wines available here produced by just a handful of natural winemakers and whip up some darn good grub here too which is designed to celebrate the ‘best of British’.
Sample dishes include salt cod tart and smoked trout with turnips and a horseradish and apple sauce – best washed down with a glass of vino we say. If you’re running low on time, you can also check out their in-house wine shop, which has loads of stock from the neighbouring Gergovie Wines. They also do a great takeaway lunch here too.
📍You’ll find 40 Maltby Street at 40 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PG.
🚇 Nearest stations are London Bridge and Bermondsey.
Forza Wine, Peckham
Rounding off this section of the best natural wine bars in London is Forza Wine – the ‘taller sibling’ of Camberwell Italian joint Forza Win. It sits on yet another Peckham rooftop (add on Frank’s Cafe and the Bussey Building up for an epic local rooftop bar crawl when the weather is playing ball), and pairs their incredible natural wine list with a menu of rustic Italian indulgence.
It goes without saying that the panoramic cityscape views from here are fantastic, but book ahead if you’re wanting to get cosy in the indoors bit. They’ve got sparkling, pink and orange varieties of natural wine too – as well as a bloomin’ great negroni too.
📍You’ll find Forza Wine at 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST.
🚇 Nearest station is Peckham Rye.
Best natural wine shops in London
If time’s not on your side and you’d rather just pick up a bottle of wine and head back to your sofa, then why not head to one of these natural wine shops listed below?
Hop, Burns and Black, Deptford and Peckham
This cool customer is the brainchild of Jen Ferguson and Glenn Williams, two kiwis who have made South East London their long-time home. Born out of an idea to incorporate craft beer (or ‘hop’), with hot sauce (or ‘burns’) and vinyl records (or ‘black’), they’ve become something of an institution in this neck of the woods, with people travelling far and wide to visit.
But they’re also leaders in being natural and organic wine connoisseurs, and everything stocked here is only from independent and ethical suppliers. They even do a subscription box called *ahem* ‘Natural Wine Killers’ – now that’s something we can get on board with.
📍You’ll find Hop, Burns and Black at 38 East Dulwich Road, London, SE22 9AX and at Arch 1, Deptford Station, Deptford High Street, London, SE8 4NS.
🚇 Nearest stations are East Dulwich and Deptford.
Mother Superior Wine Store & Deli, Nunhead
Another fantastic natural wine shop in London here,the Mother Superior Wine Store & Deli takes its name from a nun who was rumoured to have been executed back during the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the 16th Century. Their overall goal is to support smaller, more independent wine producers who believe in sourcing their wine as sustainably as possible.
This means by solely using organic and biodynamic methods, with production methods that give directly back to ‘Mother Earth’ herself – another cheeky nod to the name there. It’s well worth a visit, and they also stock craft beers, ciders, spirits and made-to-mix cocktails here too.
📍You’ll find the Mother Superior Wine Store & Deli at 26 Nunhead Green, London, SE15 3QF.
🚇 Nearest station is Nunhead.
Pure Wines, London Fields
In the London Fields area and looking to get your lips around a glass of natural wine? Then look no further than Pure Wines, whose sole mission is to source, promote and supply naturally-made wine.
They work with and source wine from suppliers based all over the world, including Georgia, Greece, Chile and even the UK, and there’s everything here from light rosés to juicy, flavoursome reds. They’ve also got subscription boxes and even vegan wines too.
📍You’ll find Pure Wines at 45 Tudor Road, London, E9 7SN.
🚇 Nearest station is London Fields.
Noble Fine Liquor, Broadway Market
Just a stone’s throw away from our previous entry, Noble Fine Liquor is another natural wine shop that was founded all the way back in 2012, because the ‘bottle shop they wanted didn’t exist’.
The wines on offer here are made with organic or biodynamically-produced grapes, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and made with as few interventions as possible on their way to the bottle. The result is a fantastic array of wines, sourced primarily from France, Germany and Italy. They’ve also got regular wine tasting events, and sell beers, ciders, and non-alcoholic stuff too. Sign us up!
📍You’ll find Noble Fine Liquor at 27 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH.
🚇 Nearest stations are London Fields and Cambridge Heath.
Shop Cuvée, Finsbury Park
Now we mentioned that this one would come later down the list, so here it is – the wait is over! Shop Cuvée is the brainchild of Brodie Meah, whose neighbourhood restaurant was sadly closed by the government during the Covid 19 pandemic.
After knocking their heads together to come up with a solution, they decided to create a delivery service which went down a treat during lockdown. Since then, they’ve opened two physical stores and Cave Cuvée too. The first of these was Shop Cuvée in Islington which specialises in a whole gamut of natural wines, ranging from the cloudy and unconventional to the clean and classy. If you’re a big fan then you can also indulge in their ‘Natural Wine Subscription’, which gives you monthly boxes of wine from just 30 quid! Winner, winner.
📍You’ll find Shop Cuvée at 189 Blackstock Road, London, N5 2LL.
🚇 Nearest station is Finsbury Park.
One A Wines, Elephant and Castle
Our penultimate addition to this roundup of the best natural wine shops in London is One A Wines in Elephant and Castle. Tucked away down a back street and sharing the same building as two contemporary art galleries, it’s a lovely little spot which is solely focussed on selling biodynamic and organic wines.
They source their wines from over 60 different producers, all of whom make their wine using no filtration, no temperature control and no oxygenation either. There’s a rolling focus on different producers throughout the year, and the friendly staff will be delighted in helping you find whatever kind of wine you’re looking for.
📍You’ll find One A Wines at 1A Kempsford Road (off Wincott Street, London, SE11 4NU.
🚇 Nearest stations are Elephant and Castle and Kennington.
Gnarly Vines, Walthamstow
Rounding off this list of the best natural wine shops in London is Gnarly Vines, a neighbourhood spot in E17 which specialises in natural and organic wines as well as craft beers and spirits too.
The staff here are super friendly and there are a whole range of different prices on offer here, so you needn’t feel like you’ll be out-priced! They’ve also got a garden bar at the back which is a real gem during the warmer months of the year. Heck – you can even order in takeout pizzas here – what’s not to love?
📍You’ll find Gnarly Vines at 464 Hoe Street, London, E17 9AH.
🚇 Nearest station is Walthamstow Central.
So there you have it, a rundown of the best spots to find natural wine in London. From quaint, subterranean spots to bottle shops in Broadway Market, there’s plenty in our beloved capital for you to indulge. Cheers!