London Wine Week, from the 18th May to the 25th May, is a week long worship of all things to do with wine in our beautiful capital. Sound interesting?
Wristbands are available to purchase online for £10, which gives you access to a huge variety of unique discounts, exclusive events, pop-ups, tastings and masterclasses galore in over 100 venues across London. Taking you through some of the best venues in the capital, the self-guided Wine Tours are an excellent and enlightening introduction to wine. Explore the many bars and restaurants in the name of research and enjoyment and make the most of this wonderful vinous occasion.
Buy your wristband here, collect it from The Nyetimber Hub at Devonshire Square and you’ll also get given a free London bar guide to help you plan and organise your week.
Want to know where to go? The choice of venues is huge so we’ve chosen the top ten places to visit throughout the week so you can attend the best that London has to offer.
The Nyetimber Hub at Devonshire Square
Not yet managed to try some English wine and keen to see what all the fuss is about? Collect your wristbands from here and receive a free sample of the famous Nyetimber wines. This award-winning English vineyard’s pop-up offers excellent quality and wristband wearers will be able to taste away at just £5 per flight (a flight is a selection of wine samples). This is the main hub of London Wine Week, where you can chat to the LWW team, attend a Nyetimber masterclass and learn more about the locally produced wine which is giving Champagne a run for its money.
Where: 9A Bengal Warehouse, Devonshire Square, EC2M 4WQ
When: Monday-Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Wine Bluff to Wine Buff
A masterclass from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust is just what’s needed if you feel baffled every time you look at a selection of wines. In a masterclass that the WSET claim will “take you from wine bluff to wine buff in little over an hour”, you will learn all the essential wine basics: purchasing for a friend’s dinner party or choosing from a wine list at a restaurant, the WSET masterclass promise to make every day wine conundrums that little bit easier. Led by Master of Wine Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, the evening will give you a new-found confidence when broaching the sometimes daunting subject of wine. Wine and nibbles are included in the ticket price.
Where: Hixter Bankside, 16 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS
When: Tuesday 19th May, 7pm – 8.15pm
Le Vieux Comptoir Tasting
An evening spent enjoying some of the Rhône finest, tasting two reds and two white, this is definitely one for Rhône lovers. A Prestigious Wines tasting with Guigal, the famous winemaker from Rhône, this is an excellent way to compare and contrast the wines from this fantastic terroir. The iconic Guigal estate was set up by Étienne Guigal in 1946 and they are considered pioneers of this enduringly beloved region. This well-established name is recognised for its top quality wine from all over Rhône, but Guigal is particularly recognised for their pioneering role in improving Côte-Rôtie’s international reputation.
Where: Le Vieux Comptoir, 20 Moxon Street, London, W1U 4EU
When: Wednesday 20th May, 6.30pm
The Lawn Club by Celebrity Cruises, with Oz Clarke
Join celebrated wine expert and one third of the Three Wine Men, Oz Clarke as he takes you on a whirlwind trip around the wine world. A masterclass that’s sure to be entertaining and one not to miss. Just bring a picnic blanket.
Read CellarVie Wines’ interview with the man himself here
Where: The White Space, 5 Great Newport Street, London, LC2H 7HY
When: Tuesday 19th May 7.30pm-8.15pm and 8.30pm-9.15pm
£15 (£12 to wristband wearers)
A Regal Rogue Journey of Jago’s Gastronomic Indulgence!
Shoreditch hot-spot Jago is pulling out all the stops for London Wine Week with its Mediterranean feast. Taking inspiration from a Mediterranean ‘vermut’ bar, this exclusive menu has been especially created by Louis Solley to complement the vermouth focus of Jago. Matching Dry Martinis with Gordal olives and fennel salami and cornichons on arrival, expect to be indulged in a sharing feast of scallops, green tomatoes, cucumber and basil and duck heart prunes and fennel, all washed down with freely flowing Regal Rogue Lively White and Wild Rosé. Finishing off this wonderful culinary feast will be a deliciously traditional dessert and a Regal Rogue Rogroni.
Where: Jago Restaurant, 68-80 Hanbury Street, East London, E1 5JL
When: Thursday 21st May, 7pm
The Honest Grapes Wine Challenge
Fancy a career in wine? Step into a wine buyer’s shoes for the evening and taste and select wines at this unique two hour tasting. You will be able to sample around 15 different wines and help make the decisions as to which ones stay and which ones go.
Where: Brunswick House Cellars, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LG
When: Friday 22nd May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wine Stories at Waterstones
Prepare for an evening of wine stories, discoveries, tastings and a whole lot of fun hosted by wine writer and presenter, The Winebird. Hear about what wine to match with different foods, and why different grape varieties are like rugby players, ballerinas, goddesses and ladyboys! Plus bring out your inner Superhero by arriving in a cape for Cape London and win a prize!
Where: Waterstones, The Plaza, 120 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LT
When: Friday, 22 May 7pm – 9pm
Free (25 tickets reserved exclusively for LWW wristband wearers)
The Big ‘Byronic’ Brunch
Inspired by Lord Byron, whose alleged morning feast was a brace of grouse and a pint of Port, “The Big Fortified Breakfast” will get your weekend off to a brilliant start. With a selection of Arancini, rabbit and apricot terrine crostini, Gorgonzola and courgette frittata and salmon tartare paired with Sherries from the 180 year old Bodega El Maestro Sierra, Ports from the first fabled Quinta do Tedo and some of the purest expressions of Madeira from Barbeito, this is an admirably indulgent brunch.
“Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication”,
Where: Polpo @ Ape & Bird, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, WC2H 8HJ
When: Saturday 23rd May 11am – 1pm
The Quaffing Good Regal Rogue Brunch
End this vinous week in style at the Gunmakers with an afternoon of frivolous fun. With a BBQ, seasonal and shared serves and disco beats, as well as enough vermouth flights (£5 with your wristband) to keep you going until the early hours of the following morning, you’ll have quite the Sunday. All that’s expected of you is to sit back, join in the fun and soak up the atmosphere.
Where: The Gunmakers, 13 Eyre Street, London, EC1R 5ET
When: Sunday 24th May, 11am – 3pm
Big Bottles Taste Better – LWW Closing Party
For a way out with a bang, this wine party promises to be a big one. With BBQs, DJs, and unique wines from only Magnum sized bottles (because “Big Bottles Taste Better”), this event at the acclaimed Mission Wine Bar promises to exceed expectations. Expert duo Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde have joined up with Noble Rot for this much anticipated event. Tickets are limited, and the £25 includes your barbeque and a glass of Champagne. Once you’re fed and watered, enjoy the first class music from DJs including The Midfield General (Skint Records), James Righton (The Klaxons) and The Clove Club vs Noble Rot Sound System.
Where: Mission, 250 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE
When: Sunday 24th May, 4pm – late
For exclusive discounts at some of the best wine bars and restaurants all over London, take a look at the London Wine Week website