From Merlot to Malbec, and Pinot Grigio to Pinot Noir, London has a great reputation for serving up a good tipple. You may have found your perfect hangout to enjoy a glass or two, but sometimes, you need a change from your usual haunt.
But it isn’t such an easy decision when there are thousands of wine bars, pubs and restaurants professing to provide the best wine the world has to offer, so here is some inspiration!
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Tucked away, a short walk between Embankment and Charing Cross tube stations is Gordon’s Wine Bar: the oldest wine bar in London.
Almost like stepping back in time to Dickensian London, the wine bar had absolute bags of character, with a knowledgeable staff who are passionate about three things…wine, cheese and good music!
With hundreds of wines, madeira’s and sherries on offer, patrons can immerse themselves in a wonderfully Victorian atmosphere, whilst soaking up some of that alcohol with the extensive cheese buffet.
40 Maltby Street
Housed in front of the Gergovie Wine warehouse by London Bridge is 40 Maltby Street. Built into a railway arch, the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed, and is the perfect spot for a languid afternoon with friends over a bottle of pesticide and fertiliser free wine.
With wines from a select handful of environmentally considerate wineries, from France, Italy and Slovenia, you can either buy bottles to take home or sit and drink in the bar, supplemented by an ever-changing menu, which comprises the best in-season foods.
Fulham Wine Rooms
For tapas and wine, there is no better place than Fulham Wine Rooms. Ever popular on Trip Advisor, the staff are renowned for being extremely knowledgeable, friendly and super attentive!
The Fulham Wine Rooms offers a vast menu of wines, from reasonably priced to the more expensive. Paired with superb tapas and fresh cured ham, many an hour can be whiled away in this relaxing and comfortable bar on Fulham Road.
The Ten Cases
Located in Covent Garden, The Ten Cases prides itself on offering a constantly changing menu of wines. They only offer ten whites and ten reds…and only ever order ten cases of each wine when they make their orders, ensuring the wine list is moveable, fresh and unique.
The interior of the bar is minimalistic with a rustic edge, with exposed brick and chalkboards showcasing their menus.
Snacks are Spanish in flavour and the pork belly is to die for.
This place may just be the best wine bar chain in London, with bars in Chiswick, Farringdon, Soho and Marylebone.
Whereas some wine bars in London and the surrounding areas can be majorly pretentious, Vinoteca has a really fantastic atmosphere, with a range of patrons coming through the door, young and old.
If you search Vinoteca on Google, the results speak for themselves; five star rated by most and fantastic reviews by the expert…you really couldn’t go wrong checking it out.