29 great wine bars in London 2022
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.
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...
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 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 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 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.
Phone: +44 7757 676174
Address: 11 Old Street, London
Best Short List of the Year UK 2022
Fare Bar + Canteen is from the Sager + Wilde stable - ex-Sommelier Michael Sager on wine and bartender Marcis Dzelzainis looking after the innovative cocktail offer. It's a multifunctional space split across two floors offering a grab-and-go coffee, intimate cocktail and wine bar and dining room serving a selection of modern seasonal small plates with larger sharing dishes from the robata grill. Located in trendy Clerkenwell in London, it's a bright open space with a contemporary industrial feel. Considering the chilled out, all-day vibe the wine list is unusually wide - over 400 entries, majo...
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 20 7734 7737
Address: 8-10 Neal's Yard, London
Sparkling Wine List of the Year UK 2022
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 7242 8963
Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London
By the Glass List of the Year UK 2022
Noble Rot opened their doors in late 2015 and immediately hit their stride as a not-to-miss wine venue in London. Located in Bloomsbury on the quaintly historic Lamb’s Conduit Street, it’s Parisian inspired and feels as if it’s been there forever. The wine bar at the front is light and comfortable, with prize tables in the double fronted bay windows, a roaring fire in the colder months and walls adorned with the very cool front covers of their eponymous wine magazine. The restaurant at the back is cosy and inviting. The food is classic Franglais bistro fare – ideal for wine. To be honest,...
Phone: +44 20 7249 2177
Address: 5 Dalston Lane, London
International Austrian Wine List of the Year, presented by Austrian wine 2022
Newcomer is the home, shop and wine bar of Newcomer Wines, an importer of largely new wave Austrian wine producers, peppered with a few from Germany, Switzerland and France. The drink in and takeaway list is fleshed out further with wines from other importers. The interior and set up is functional and low key, with a small patio garden space for al fresco drinking when the British weather allows. They serve top quality cheese and charcuterie style snacks and often have guest chefs hosting dinners or cooking for a stint.
Phone: +44 20 3487 0600
Address: 85 Leonard Street, London
Passione Vino is the wine bar and shop of the eponymous importer. They describe themselves as 110% Italian and they’re not wrong. It’s possibly the most colourful and unique drink-in wine shop in town, with bottles of exclusively imported Italian gems from the north to the south and everything in between. Situated in the long time fashionable, creative and now tech hub that is Shoreditch, they are passione by name and by nature. The décor is firmly of the ‘more is more’ school and all the better for it. The space is small but tall - a whole building operation – with a private room downstairs...
Phone: +44 20 3602 8115
Address: 88 Farringdon Road, London
Established in June 2018, Quality Wines are actually situated on a historic vineyard from the St John's order of the Catholic Church dating back to 1100. There's a concise but perfectly formed menu of small plates and snacks. They operate as a wine shop and deli throughout the day and a wine bar in the evenings - simply add on £15 to the retail price and get drinking (there is no wine list). The food is an hommage to European wine bar food with a Quality Chop Twist (game & British ingredients coming to the fore). The wine selection is always changing buying from a large number of the best impo...
Phone: +44 20 7613 0478
Address: Arch, 250 Paradise Row, London
The sister restaurant of the original Sager + Wilde bar, in trendy Bethnal Green, right next to the tube station. It has a laid-back, urban vibe with a short but decent menu of tasty and affordable snacks and a few bigger plates and great value fresh pasta. In line with the bar up the road, the Sager + Wilde Paradise Row wine list is quality, fun and dynamic with depth so plenty to get stuck into at all price points. There’s a cocktail mezzanine upstairs too and a large terrace out front. They regularly host relaxed tastings and winemaker nights inside and out, and just like the bar, it is one...
Phone: +44 20 8127 7330
Address: 193 Hackney Rd, London
Special Jury Prize UK 2022
Sager + Wilde put the cool and the hip into London’s wine bar scene back in 2013, following a successful pop up the year before. The interior has elements of both wine and cocktail bar, housed in a small converted East End pub on trendy Hackney Road. The staff is knowledgeable, passionate and very relaxed. The wine list features lots of interesting options by the glass and a keenly priced long reserve list of some of the great and most interesting wines on offer in London today. To eat there’s cheese, charcuteries, and their famous grilled chilled sandwich. All in all, a really fun place that’...
Phone: +44 20 8678 8997
Address: 53A Streatham Hill, London
Streatham Wine House in deepest South London is a laidback wine bar and shop specialising in organic, biodynamic and natural wines. They pour over 60 wines by the glass (including a great selection of fine, rare or older wines by Coravin) and list over 350 in bottles, so there’s plenty of scope for drinking far and wide. To top it off, there are four country-themed wine flights - 50ml pours, red and white with a regular and premium option. To line your stomach, there’s top-quality cheeses, charcuterie, pate en croute, veggie toasts. Other features of this well-loved neighbourhood wine place...
Phone: +44 20 7836 6801
Address: 16 Endell St, London
The 10 Cases Bistro à Vin is located in the middle of Theatreland in Covent Garden in London. The concept is simple – to offer a short list of 10 whites and 10 reds (alongside rosé, some bubbly and some fortified) and to never buy more than 10 cases of each wine, guaranteeing a constantly evolving selection. One of the most unpretentious yet high-quality wine bars in London, The 10 Cases is as popular with the trade as it is with the wine-loving public. The menu is French bistro style, three starters, three mains and some smaller tapas plates on the side. The bistro wine list is available by t...
Phone: +44 20 3141 8670
Address: 36 Snowsfields, London
International Medium-Sized List of the Year 2022
Trivet is in a beautiful, calm and minimalist space in Bermondsey, just over the river from the City of London. A joint venture between Isa Bal MS and chef Jonny Lake who met working at the Fat Duck, it’s creative and diverse fine dining with influences from all over. There is a bar space for drinking and snacking and a light-drenched, welcoming dining room. It’s a haven of cool, calm and quality in one of the capital’s most historic and urban neighbourhoods.
Phone: +44 20 3294 1665
Address: 177B Blackstock Road, London
Lockdown Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Bibendum 2021
A natural/low intervention European bistro turned wine shop and deli with a big focus on delivery and wine subscriptions since covid-19.
Phone: +44 20 7686 9535
Address: 277 Hackney Rd, London
Late night wine bar, dining room & off-licence on Hackney Road in East London. The restaurant serves a contemporary cuisine that draws inspiration from many parts of the world. The place as a whole has some really nice design features and plenty of space, perfect for settling in and staying up late. The Laughing Heart wine list supports artisan farmers who work their vineyards organically. Whatever your taste or budget they aim to serve wine people will love. On the lower ground floor they operate an off-licence selling wine to take away at reduced prices and behind is The Laughing Heart Cave,...
Phone: +44 20 7236 2936
Address: 41a Farringdon St, London
One of London’s most atmospheric (and excellent) wine bars. The Winemakers Club started life as an importer of some of the best Italian producers (hello Sesti), and whilst they still continue to do this, along with some top French and Hungarian on the portfolio too, they also have this space – a bar, shop and event space in the cavernous disused railway arches underneath Holborn Circus, straddling Clerkenwell, Holborn and the City. It’s dark, candlelit and cellar like. It’s a bargain to drink in with a flat cash mark up on retail prices, they offer both their own imports plus a handful of ot...
Phone: +44 20 3150 1292
Address: 21 Bloomberg Arcade, London
Lockdown Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Bibendum 2021
Vinoteca City won silver in the category Lock Down List in UK Star Wine List of the Year 2021.
Phone: +44 20 8191 0704
Address: 8 Elystan Street, London
International By the Glass List 2022
Wild Corner is the wine bar little sister to Wild Tavern across the road. It’s small and cosy yet glamourous - well suited to its very smart address in Chelsea/South Kensington. For somewhere small the wine list is long – an incredible 200 bottles are available by the glass (or carafe) with vintages spanning decades (the 1939 Pichon Lalande has sadly just sold out). The menu is produce led; a reduced version of that they serve over the road, simply cooked top quality ingredients that let the wine shine. Fresh langoustines and raw fish, Gillardeau oysters, beef tartare, USDA Sirloin, charcu...