Expand your palate at these London wine hotspots…
From uber-exclusive members-only tastings to the bar that put natural, biodynamic wines on the map – we’ve undertaken the challenging task of finding the best wine bars in London. Cheers!
The Best Wine Bars in London 2018
Sager + Wilde can be credited with putting wine bars back on the map for young East London cool kids. Located in Hackney, it offers fine wines by the glass, with great snacks and some tempting grilled cheese sandwiches. You’ll learn about new and different types of wine from their ever-changing wine list and regular fun-filled winemaker nights and events. 193 Hackney Road, London, E2 8JL
The original Fulham shop opened in 2010 to such roaring success that Vagabond now has 6 London locations. Sample over 100 wines by the glass using the revolutionary self-service top-up Wine Card so your exploration isn’t limited – and you’ll even get tasting notes to take home. One of the first to ‘break down the barriers in the wine world’. And for this we are eternally grateful! Locations in Fulham, Charlotte Street, Spitalfields, Clapham, Victoria and Battersea
The good guys of the wine bar business, Humble Grape is on a mission to make wine socially inclusive and focus on importing wines from relatively unknown vineyards. Most are artisan wines which are sustainably produced, organic and biodynamic, and you can buy what you try directly from their website, too. Head to the Fleet Street branch for ‘Retail Monday’, when wines are sold without the markup. Locations in Islington, Battersea, Fleet Street and Liverpool Street
Established in 1890, Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London and its original décor makes it a most unique (and romantic) watering hole. There’s nothing quite like sipping on excellent wine in the spot which once housed Rudyard Kipling, and was where he and Chesterton wrote some of their best works. New additions include vegan and low sulphur wines – and the cheese is a must! 47 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE
As one of London’s longest-standing Michelin star restaurants, it’s no surprise that the wine cellar at Pied à Terre holds more than 5000 wines, among which precious vintages and unusual varieties. The second-floor Petite Chambre now plays host to special ‘Wine with Friends’ evenings in which the Sommelier will choose from the vast collection according to your preferences and interests. 34 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NH
Tapas-style bar snacks and over 40 wines by the glass – a wonderful evening with friends, sorted. High seating, banquettes and plenty of standing space make for an informal, European vibe. 127 – 129 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LP
This private members club was set up by wine lovers, and invites fellow wine lovers to join in and share interest in the world’s finest wines with likeminded people. Expect amazing vintages, and some high price points. 67 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
Les 110 has 110 wines by the glass, and this is in part down to innovations like the Coravin system which keeps wines fresh once opened, so restaurants can offer more expensive bottles by the glass. But this also makes for a perfect evening of sampling different wines to expand your palate. 16 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 9DD
This restaurant has a wine list you actually want to drink, with a focus on small producers of wine that truly represents the terroir. As good a reason as any to venture to Hackney… 120 Morning Lane, London, E9 6LH.
The historic Old Spitalfields Market is now home to a new Italian wine bar, from the owners of the successful Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano. With its friendly and unpretentious environment, it’s the perfect place for budding oenophiles to explore personal tastes and discover something new (alongside delectable Italian bites). 67 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
Recently opened next door to its sister restaurant, La Tagliata Wine Bar is an intimate spot where you can sample a carefully curated selection of Italian wines alongside nibbles and gourmet pizzas. Clued up waiters will talk you through the highlights from the wine list which include a full-bodied red dedicated to the memory of Mafia victims and bottles from the Bulgari cellar. 112 Whitfield Street, W1T 5EE
This all-day wine bar and kitchen is passionate about coffee, food and wine. With a cosy atmosphere and central location, you could find yourself enjoying a few glasses of wine here more and more often… Expect to find something new each time you visit.
‘We love learning about wine and sharing our discoveries with our customers. There’s no snobbery here, just a passion and enthusiasm for delicious wine. Our insatiable curiosity (read: thirst) means we update our wine list almost weekly. Some might call that excessive and we’re not ones to argue.’ 124 Cleveland Street, London, W1T 6PG
This French-inspired Covent Garden wine bar is at the forefront of promoting organic and natural wines. Over 400 wines have been hand-picked by experts to give visitors as varied and expansive an experience as possible – and more experienced wine lovers are invited to try the mystery wine and guess what it is to win a bottle. 8-10 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP