We’ve chosen our favourite wine bars in London, all perfect for a romantic evening or a good gossip with a pal.
These London wine bars are all good-to-grape: don’t miss our guide to London’s oldest pubs for more cosy vibes.
1. Sager + Wilde, Hackney
Sager + Wilde have two venues in east London; a restaurant and a wine bar. But since we’re talking about wine, their bar on Hackney Road focuses on fine wine, charcuterie and grilled cheese sandwiches. Go on… give us one reason why you wouldn’t want to go here?
193 Hackney Road. Nearest station: Hoxton.
2. The Remedy, Fitzrovia
Run by two friends, The Remedy is the place to go if you’re after great wine and a great atmosphere. They don’t claim to be doctors, but they did call their wine bar ‘The Remedy’ because they believe a bit of vino can cure anything. We agree. If wine isn’t the answer, you’re asking the wrong questions…
124 Cleveland Street, W1T 6PG. Nearest station: Great Portland Street.
3. Vagabond Wines, various locations
Three words: interactive wine menus! Vagabond’s wine bars offer a self-service wine experience where you top up a card, which then lets you wave ‘n’ pay Oyster-style at their self-service wine dispensing machines. Clever, right?
Their Victoria venue is their largest (and how often do we get to tell you about places to go in Victoria?) but they have smaller, cosier outposts in Fulham, Fitzrovia and Battersea – see their site for details.
4. Gordon’s, Charing Cross
Over 120 years old, Gordon’s is London’s oldest wine bar, and it has all the vino you could wish for in atmospheric underground cellars. It often gets busy after work, so why not book the afternoon off and get gently pickled with a pal? (There’s also cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.)
47 Villiers St, WC2N 6NE. Nearest station: Charing Cross or Embankment.
5. The 10 Cases, Covent Garden
So-called because they only ever get 10 cases of the wines on their shortlist. This is to make sure they’re always trying new things, and not sticking to the same old bottles. There are also only 10 tables! It really is… 10 out of 10. Hahaha. Haha. Ha.
16 Endell St, WC2H 9BD. Nearest station: Covent Garden.
6. Noble Rot Wines, Bloomsbury
Noble Rot’s wine bar has an award-winning drinks list, including some rare gems as well as some totally underrated bottles, and a concise food menu to go with it.
51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3NB. Nearest station: Russell Square.
7. L’Entrepot, Hackney
This Dalston Lane wine bar, right by Hackney Downs station, serves up around 30 different wines on any given day, all of them (thankfully!) by the glass. The big windows and whitewashed walls mean it’s a light, bright space by day and a candlelit treat by night. A real local favourite.
230 Dalston Lane, E8 1LA. Nearest station: Hackney Downs
8. Winemaker’s Club, Farringdon
This cosy, candlelit bar sits within the Victorian arches beneath the Holborn Viaduct and once served as a wine cellar for over 150 years. The wine list is ever-changing, and they also serve a small amount of old Bordeaux, Burgundy, Port and Madeira from their private cellars. Of course, each wine can be complimented with cheese and charcuterie, sourced locally from Androuet in Spitalfields and Islington’s Cobble Lane Cured.
41a Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AN
9. El Vino, Fleet Street
You can’t buy real history, and this bar oozes it, almost literally. This decidedly old-school spot has long been a favoured haunt for the wine-loving local workforce (lawyers and journalists abound) – the kind of place someone probably came up with the idea for a Brexit referendum after one too many glasses of Malbec. (‘Whasht the wursht that canappen?’) When nearby pubs are heaving with City slickers on a Friday evening, El Vino somehow remains an island of calm, so grab a table for two and dig into some casual tapas while you share a bottle or two of something full-bodied.
47 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1BJ. Nearest station: City Thameslink-ish.
10. BOTTLES, Spitalfields
BOTTLES opened earlier this year and has brought Italian vibes to Spitalfields, with “a key focus on quality wines made by independent producers”. Their aim is to help guests discover regional wines and forgotten grapes. There’s also a lovely, seasonal food menu with a zero waste policy, meaning they make use of every part of every vegetable, meat or fish (for example in a stock).
67 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
11. FARE Bar & Canteen, Shoreditch
[Feature image: Gordon’s Wine Bar]