- Andrea Fiorini
Alongside its Michelin-starred restaurants, London proudly offers a fantastic choice of some of the best wine bars spread across the city centre. Try these spots if you are passionate about wine.
Cork and Bottle
Cork and Bottle opened in 1971 in the heart of London and is one of the most appreciated wine bars. This magical venue has been on top of the best London wine bars for the last 45 years, thanks to an extensive and well-selected wine list that perfectly matches the great selection of cheeses on offer. If you have never visited, make sure you drop in for a glass of wine in a relaxing atmosphere.
44-46 Cranbourn Street, London, WC2H 7AN, +44 (0) 20 7734 7807
Vinoteca has been a well-known wine bar since its first opening in Farringdon. Recently, it has started to become a small chain. It is now possible to find the fantastic wine list of Vinoteca in King’s Cross, Chiswick, Soho and Marylebone. Inspired by the typical yet inspiring Italian and Spanish wine bars, Vinoteca offers up to 25 wines by the glass and 285 etiquettes.
7 Saint John Street, London, EC1M 4AA, +44 (0) 20 72538786
Terroirs are true believers in organic and biodynamic wines. To maintain traditional products, they personally select small wineries across the world who do not mass-produce their wine. These natural wines match perfectly with their charcuterie and tapas plates. If you fancy something different or something you may have never tasted before, Terroirs is a great place to discover the natural flavour of organic wines.
5 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DW, +44 (0) 20 7036 0660
Even if this is not a name that rings a bell when discussing the London wine bar scene, Dego is an amazing and must-try experience. It is a niche intimate Italian restaurant, just a step away from the crowded Oxford Circus. Its philosophy is to combine the freshly prepared Italian food with a good choice of Italian wine. At Dego you can discover tasty and rich Italian recipes or simply enjoy some sparkle with a fantastic glass of Franciacorta after work. What more could you ask for?
4 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 8QJ, +44 (0) 20 7636 2207
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
As the name suggests, this eclectic French-inspired wine bar in Covent Garden mixes a sophisticated location with organic wine labels. The wine list is mostly made following the concept of natural and organic wines. This place selects growers who still use the hand-picked process. Aside from a tasteful menu made with refined ingredients, the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels offers a rich seasonal truffle menu. It’s an interesting alternative you must try at least once.
8-10 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP, +44 (0) 20 7734 7737
Gordon’s Wine Bar
It is impossible to describe how beautiful Gordon’s Wine Bar is in only a few words. Established in 1890, Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London. Its magical location is shaped by its rich history. This experience is akin to sitting around a candlelit table in the 19th century, with its Dickensian-style decor. A list of great cheeses selected with passion is one of the finest characteristics of Gordon’s. Gordon’s is absolutely one of the most beloved wine bars in the capital with a fascinating never-ending story.
47 Villiers St, London, WC2N 6NE, +44 (0) 20 7930 1408
40 Maltby Street
This hidden enoteca is located in an ancient railway arch in Bermondsey, making this venue more intimate and quiet. With only a few seats, 40 Maltby Street is the best place to chill out and relax. Perfect if you are looking for a small bar which also serves tasty fresh food. French charcuterie and freshly baked baguettes are on offer, alongside a good wine list. There is also a shop where you can buy your own wine to take away, for a classic night in with good wine.
40 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA, +44 (0) 20 7237 9247