The guide to 22 great wine bars in London
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. London boasts some seriously deep and impressive cellars and wine bars ranging from the cosy and traditional to the young, vibrant and creative, shaking things up and giving wine an exciting new image for a new generation. Here is a selection of top wine bars in London right now!
Phone: +44 20 3609 6602
Address: 114a-116 Fortess Road, London
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 7499 9800
Address: 21-22 Weighhouse St, Mayfair, London W1K 5LU
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. Comptoir Mayfair – sister of Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone – was set up in 2016 by MS Xavier Rousset so it’s no surprise the wine list is on th...
Phone: 020 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 the best, well-sourced ingredients with a selection of meat, seafood, raw and vegetable small and large plates, designed to be enjoyed in any order. Guests can enjoy the extensive range of 250 wines, 20 champagnes and a tempting selection of home-brewed cocktails, created to reflect styles of wine. It's sister bar of the equally recommended Comptoir Mayfair, and they host tastings on Saturdays. Blandford is ideal for a quick glass or three whi...
Phone: +44 20 7236 2936
Address: 41a Farringdon St, London EC4A 4AN
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 othe...
Phone: +44 20 7242 8963
Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
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: 020 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! The wine offer rests on the shoulders of the knowledgeable and characterful Gus Gluck. There's a concise but perfectly formed menu of small plates and snacks. They operate as a 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)....
Phone: +44 20 7734 7737
Address: 8-10 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
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 7036 0660
Address: 5 William IV St, London WC2N 4DN
Terroirs was one of, if not the first, natural wine bars in London in 2009. In their own words, “our philosophy has always been to make natural wine as accessible as possible for everyone”, and they have done exactly that. After 10 successful years trading their selection of low intervention and natural wines (including an extended skin macerated wine section) has been supplemented with artisan cider, poiré, sherries and beers. Inside it looks and feels like a bustling French bistro, lots of traditional posters on the wall, rustic furniture and a menu full of the cheese, ham, hearty mains and...
Phone: +44 20 7287 4599
Address: 41 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4PY
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 20 7836 6801
Address: 16 Endell St, London WC2H 9BD
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 8127 7330
Address: 193 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL
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 7486 7922
Address: 15-17 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U
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 3019 7750
Address: 44 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 7HS
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 3696 8240
Address: 115 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 0NQ
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: 020 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: 020 7278 1452
Address: 88-94 Farringdon Road, London
The Quality Chop House has an easy charm. You can drink by the glass, bottle or coravin specials in the bar (Parisian style, black and white tiles, bistro chairs) with a few small plates or go for the à la carte in the restaurant section, seated on the original wooden pews that make cosy booths. The grade ll listed Victorian decor is fully preserved with a contemporary polish from the new team who brought it back to life in 2012. The menu takes the best from Britain then adds the best from Europe, service is slick but relaxed and they have a butchers/deli/wine shop next door (Quality Wines) wh...
Phone: 020 7739 1291
Address: 70 Leonard Street, London
St Leonards has a eclectic mid-sized list of 120 bins with something for everyone - classics aplenty but doesn't forgo skin contact, Vin Jaunes or Central & Eastern Europe, plus a healthy handful of Grower Champagnes. The list is exclusively old world with a healthier than usual selection of Bordeaux considering it's location in trendy, creative Shoreditch and modern, minimal-luxe decor. You can drink and snack in the large, stylish bar or dine at a table by the open kitchen, where the best British produce is cooked on the open hearth - a sort of rustic-elegant hybrid. The list is fairly price...
Phone: 020 7887 8825
Address: Tate Britain Art Gallery, Milbank, London
The Tate are renowned for offering classic wines at the very best prices - they still buy a lot en-primeur, especially Burgundy, as well as strong representation from Italy, Australia and most recently South Africa. It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, and from the 1970's gained a reputation for having one of the capital’s finest wine cellars. Hamish Anderson took charge of the wine programme in the 90's and remains involved, head sommelier Gustavo Medina looks after everything day to day (happy decant pre-ordered wines ready for your arrival). One of the fe...
Phone: 020 7686 9535
Address: 277 Hackney Rd, London, E2 8NA, London, Hackney E2 8NA, Reino Unido
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 7739 4443
Address: 18 Phipp St, London EC2A 4NU
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 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 7757 676174
Address: 11 Old Street, London
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...