Ten Great Wine Bars in London

With the alarmingly large array of watering holes in our beautiful capital, we have taken it upon ourselves to hunt down some of the best wine bars (a tricky job, I can tell you) in London, so you can try them out for yourselves. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just fancy an after-work tipple, at least one of these bars will have your name written all over it…
The One inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy
Vinoteca is hugely popular, but with its no-bookings policy, anyone can pop over to see what all the hype is about. Be prepared to queue, but with wine and food of this quality, it’s worth it every time. With locations in Soho, Marylebone, Farringdon, Chiswick to choose from, and another coming in early 2015 to Kings Cross, this small chain inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy is a must visit for wine fans.
Farringdon - 7 Saint John Street, London, EC1M 4AA
Soho – 53-55 Beak St, London, w1F 9SH
Marylebone - 15 Seymour Pl, London, W1H 5BD
Chiswick - 18 Devonshire Road London W4 2HD
The Sustainable one
Located in East Dulwich, this is strictly a restaurant with a wine-heavy focus. With a wine list that “caters for all tastes and budgets”, the drinks selection focuses on small producers who work in a sustainable way. With over 200 wines, beers from local breweries and a small but diverse selection of spirits, the range is superb. Sparkling reds and unusual sweet wines allow you to experiment and try some wines rarely found in your everyday restaurant, along with their house wine that comes straight from the tank. With a menu that changes daily and a focus on seasonal ingredients, expect to find wood roasted beetroot, salt baked celeriac and oysters to tickle your fancy.
36-38 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HJ
The Historic One
Gordon’s Wine Bar
London’s oldest wine bar, this iconic place was established in 1890. Famous for not only its exquisite wine selection, but also for the range of cheeses available (over twenty), this is the place to go for those wishing to channel our Parisian cousins. A traditional setting with exposed brickwork, flickering candlelight and fittings in the lower basement vaults, it has quite the atmosphere. Arrive early for a table and revel in one of London’s most historic watering holes.
47 Villiers St, London, WC2N 6NE
 Gordon's Wine Bar
The One with a difference
The 10 Cases Cave à Vin
The 10 Cases Bistro opened in 2011, and its ever changing wine list was its selling point. Now the wine-shop-come–wine-bar, 10 Cases Cave à Vin has opened next door. Here you can either select wines to take away, have a glass whilst browsing, or, for a £12 corkage, drink a bottle in their bar area. With their wonderful array of charcuterie, cheese and other tapas style snacks, it’s an ideal post-work hangout.
16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD
The One for Wine Buffs
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Nestled in the beautiful part of London that is Neal’s Yard, this wine bar from the curators of The Experimental Cocktail Club has wowed many a London restaurant critic. With a loyal following, the mystery glass stumps most who visit, so for those who like a challenge, see if you can guess correctly. Predominantly a wine bar with a wine list to die for, the food is equally mouth-watering.
“You'd need a grown-up wine buff to do justice to the list, especially the scary main one, which is the size of a paving stone, but fresh-faced sommelier Julia Oudill is happy to talk us through.” The Guardian
8-10 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Wild mushrooms, truffle and potato purée at the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
The One for wines by the glass
28⁰-50⁰ Wine Workshop & Kitchen
The ultimate wine and foodie stop-off, locations in Fetter Lane, Marylebone and Maddox Street are master sommelier Xavier Rousset and top chef Agnar Sverrisson’s latest and extremely successful venture. With over 30 of wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle, which includes smaller tasting samples and a fine wine collectors’ list, the menu is the stuff of legends and changes seasonally.
Fetter Lane - 140 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A IBT
Marylebone – 15-17 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2NE
Maddox Street – 17-19 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2QH

The One for a Loire love-in
Green Man & French Horn
Specialising in food and wine from around the longest wild river in France, this wine bar’s menu is written daily and is heavily influenced by seasonal market produce, recipes and specialities of the Loire River. Expect oysters from the coast of Saint Nazaire and other delicious French delicacies. This beautiful spot in Convent Garden celebrates a number of diverse growers, both young and old from along The Loire.
54 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EA
The Trendy One
Sager + Wilde
Run by husband and wife, Michael and Charlotte, this chic place has been heralded as a new breed of wine bar, offering delicious wines without the huge mark-up seen in many restaurants. Based in Hackney, there is a vast selection of excellent wine by the glass and little plates of food to accompany your tipple of choice.
193 Hackney rd, London, E2 8JL
Sager + Wilde
The One for the wine curious
The Remedy
This wine bar’s list is interestingly obscure and focuses on lesser-known grapes, regions and wine styles. Avoiding big brands and producers, this bar focuses on the niche, small independent producers. With a classic and provenance-driven menu, there is plenty to snack on like a large array of cured meats and baked Vacherin Mont d’Or, boiled potatoes and coppa.
“The real reason to visit this little bar at the wrong end of Cleveland Street is to savour the wines less chosen, to escape the tyranny of just another merlot or pinot grigio”. Time Out
124 Cleveland St, London, W1T 6PG
The One for the Terroirists
40 Maltby Street
40 Maltby Street sells wines produced by a handful of winemakers who eschew the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides in favour of letting the land and the grape speak for themselves. The perfect place for wine enthusiasts to explore the varied terroirs of France, Italy, Spain and…Slovenia! You are able to buy bottles to take away as well as drink at the bar, thus creating a transparency rarely seen in the restaurant business in terms of the wine’s mark-up. With a changing selection of wine by the glass, the wine should take centre stage, but the food is exquisite. Expect plates such as a smoked eel broth and whole roast wood pigeon, creamed kale, smoked bacon and lentils. Delicious!

“Regulars at 40 Maltby Street want to keep it a secret – but the food at this quirky kitchen is just too good for that.” The Guardian
40 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA
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Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 


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