35 great wine bars in London 2023
London has much to offer – culture, history, architecture and a strong identity alongside a diversity rarely seen elsewhere. And as one of the major capitals in the wine world, there is something for everyone. Here is a selection of top wine bars in London right now!
Phone: +44 20 7486 7922
Address: 15-17 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London
Best Short List of the Year UK 2021
Part wine-bar, part restaurant the decor has a stylish, rustic-industrial feel. Serving modern European cuisine, 28°-50° has more than 30 wines constantly on by the glass and a large bottle list, as well as a Collector’s List from private cellars. The space features a ‘workshop’ where they regularly host wine tastings and themed wine dinners, so there’s lots on offer whether it be a business drink, a dinner date or a night out with friends.
Phone: +44 20 7237 9247
Address: 40 Maltby Street, London
Wine bar located in the warehouse of Gergovie Wines, a natural wine importer of mostly European wines, on Maltby Street in London, a haven of artisan food and drink producers and suppliers. It’s very relaxed with a mix of counter and high table and stool seating. The seasonal food is superbly cooked with a British and regional French slant. 40 Maltby Street is a unique and delicious continental experience in the heart of Bermondsey and a must for adventurous wine geeks in London.
Phone: +44 20 3609 6602
Address: 114a-116 Fortess Road, London
Rhône Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Côtes du Rhône 2021
Authentique is a modern epicierie in Tufnell Park, north London. Foodwise, guest chefs rotate every few months with a full menu Thursday - Sunday. Cheese, charcuterie, salads and a hot dish are on earlier in the week. It's super relaxed, bright and spacious with a terrace out the back for summer drinking. Run by four friends - all French of course - who know and love their wine and fine regional produce which they also sell from the large deli section. Not many places manage to successfully combine shop, wine bar, cafe and bistro but they've nailed it - Authentique by name and nature.
Phone: +44 20 7287 84 88
Address: 12A Newburgh Street, London
Central London wine bar with small dining room upstairs, tucked away behind the madness of Oxford Circus tube station at the start of Soho, just off Carnaby Street. Whilst the atmosphere is laid back and buzzy they are serious about wine, with an extensive wine list comprising of the very best small producers of biodynamic & organic wines, largely from France. The menu is focused on French cuisine and inspired by the cycle of the seasons with cheese & charcuterie available all day.
Address: 19 Kingly Street, London
Special Jury Prize UK 2022
Bar Crispin is an all-day natural wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Soho on Kingly Street. The wine list is medium-sized, featuring small and sustainable terroir-driven growers from Europe. Sommelier Alexandra Price is behind the eclectic and appealing selection, which gives extra nods to the Loire, Beaujolais, Savoie and the Jura. An original touch is how she has thoughtfully organised the list by climate as opposed to country/region – Maritime, Mediterranean and Continental. The kitchen pushes out tasty, wine-friendly snacks and plates, allowing you to have a nibble or make a meal of...
Phone: +44 20 3696 8240
Address: 115 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith, London
The wine list at Brackenbury Wine Rooms in London comprises 150 bins from all over the world, leaning towards organic and biodynamic, with an especially strong new wave South African section. There are 40 wines available by the glass, served from enomatics. They have a large leafy terrace, relaxed interior and a private room available. It’s all good value, including the menu of fuss-free, brasserie classics, each with a wine pairing to make life as simple as possible. It’s a user-friendly place – the wine list has something for everyone whether you are a novice just wanting a quick glass of de...
Phone: +44 20 7434 1724
Address: 23 Frith Street, London
By the Glass List of the Year UK, presented by Fine Wines Direct UK 2021
Late-night basement wine bar in Soho from the team behind Cabotte, Blandford Comptoir and Comptoir Mayfair. Popular with the trade, originally opening as a hospitality industry members club (called Trade) but now open to all. Cosy cocktail bar vibes and a rare 3 am licence.
Phone: +44 20 7935 4626
Address: 1 Blandford Street, London
Small but perfectly formed, Blandford Comptoir is a slick little wine bar on a stylish Marylebone street. The contemporary Mediterranean menu showcases well-sourced ingredients with a selection of meat, seafood, raw and vegetable small and large plates, all designed to be wine friendly. The list mid-sized list has a particular focus on the Rhone, plus a nice range of Champagnes. Burgundy and Italy also well represented, with a splattering of Spain, Central Europe and New World. It's the sister bar of Comptoir Mayfair, also worth a visit. Blandford Comptoir is ideal for a quick glass (or three)...
Phone: +44 20 3095 9407
Address: 1 Westgate Street, London
The hotly anticipated London wine bar and restaurant Bright opened in Spring 2018 and has been packed ever since. It's the third outpost from the P Franco / Noble Fine Liquor stable in Hackney - all championing natural and low intervention wines with a fun-loving passion. The small open kitchen knocks out some seriously good wine-friendly plates, taking inspiration from all over the world (whether it's their house-rolled pasta or utterly 'grammable Katsu Sando). Pet Nat, Grower Champagne, skin contact whits and plenty of juicy 'vin de soif' are the order of the day on the wine list and whilst...
Phone: +44 020 4531 5302
Address: 57 Newington Green, London
A natural wine bar collaboration between importers Beattie & Roberts, charcuterie/pate en croute obsessive George Jephson and former St John and Lyle’s chef Jamie Smart. Set in the leafy Newington Green in northeast London, Cadet is a small, chilled, modern wine bar open from noon for glasses and a bite to eat in or bottles to take away. A showcase for B & R producers, the section is largely French, with all the natural heavy regions covered, Alsace, Jura, Loire and more.
Phone: +44 20 7499 9800
Address: 21-22 Weighhouse St, Mayfair, London
Comptoir Mayfair is a wine lovers’ place with more than 1800 bottles in their cellar and operates as part wine shop, part café, part wine bar. Located on a little corner in Mayfair it’s cosy, classic and stylish all rolled into one. The counter cafe space upstairs is light and relaxed, downstairs you’ll find you´ll find two tasting rooms – the Tasting Table in the cellar surrounded by bottles and the Library, a cosy intimate lounge for small groups.
Phone: +44 20 3019 7750
Address: 44 Blandford St, Marylebone, London
Housed in fashionable Marylebone, Clarette is a chic and stylish London restaurant and wine bar that is led by the owners Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos of the Château Margaux family and restaurateur Natsuko Perromat du Marais who previously worked at the Alain Ducasse group. Clarette’s wine list is mainly focusing on French premium wine regions with a broad focus on Bordeaux where you can find offerings all from entry-level Bordeaux to Premier Grand Cru Classé (including ex-chateau Château Margaux of course). The food offering is French-inspired to complement to the wine and mostly served in...
Phone: +44 20 7287 4599
Address: 41 Dean St, Soho, London
Ducksoup is the swan in London’s little duck empire, which besides this wine bar in Soho also includes Rawduck and Little Duck-The Picklery. If the place is small, the atmosphere is generous. From the bar, natural wines of all colours are poured by the glass and the kitchen produces creative and tasty dishes. It is crowded and friendly and if you want to DJ, there is a vinyl player by the entrance. There is no wine list, instead the wines of the moment can be found on the blackboard, or just ask.
Address: 49a Ardleigh Road, London
Hector’s is a new local natural-leaning wine bar in De Beauvoir, a historical part of north London situated between the smart/staid Islington to the west and trendy/creative Dalston to the east. It’s an intimate spot, fuelled by a love affair with everything Europe. They serve by the glass and bottle, alongside wine-friendly small plates. A sister of sorts to Hill & Szrok in Hackney (the butcher that turns into a wine bar and bistro at night and former winner of our UK Best Short Wine List 2021), Hector’s boasts a similarly deep cellar of rare finds and older vintages. Unassuming but impress...
Phone: +44 20 7734 7737
Address: 8-10 Neal's Yard, London
Sparkling Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Nyetimber 2023
Trendy and sophisticated wine bar in the heart of Covent Garden, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (CVS for short) looks more like a cocktail bar – unsurprising as it is part of the Experimental Cocktail Club group who operate both wine and cocktail bars in London and Paris. The wine list is not quite as natural as the name might suggest (although there are plenty of natural / biodynamic options featured) but it is certainly very good nonetheless – it’s long without being intimidating; French heavy with all regions skillfully covered at all price points. There’s more than enough choice from the...
Phone: +44 20 7739 4443
Address: 18 Phipp St, London
Best Short List of the Year UK 2021
Leroy is a wine bar & restaurant in London's Shoreditch from Sommeliers Ed Thaw and Jack Lewens. It opened shortly after their original venture Ellory in Hackney closed in March of 2018. As well as sharing a name with two great producers (Richard in the Loire, Lalou in Burgundy) Leroy was serendipitously one of their pet names for Ellory, since many people were unable to pronounce it correctly. Inside it’s light but cosy, simply decorated with some elegant wine prints on the wall. The menu aims for simplicity and flavour – food that is thoughtful but not showy. Leroy is a place to stop in for...
Phone: +44 020 7349 1900
Address: 438 King's Road, London
Medar is a smart yet relaxed fine dining restaurant in deepest, darkest Chelsea (World’s End of Kings Road) with an enthusiastic and committed approach to wine. Italian Melania Battiston is their current head sommelier, having previously been at 2850. The wine list is broadly classical yet comprehensive – 600+ bins that arguably tick most boxes. Twenty-four wines by the glass is very welcoming, and prices are not as outrageous as you might expect for this part of town. It’s a favourite of west London wine lovers and the trade, not least because they also offer very friendly corkage (£10 at...
Phone: +44 20 7242 8963
Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London