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. Here is a selection of top wine bars in London right now!
Phone: +44 20 3141 8670
Address: 36 Snowsfields, London
International Special Jury Prize 2021
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 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 7249 2177
Address: 5 Dalston Lane, London
Austrian Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Austrian wine 2021
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 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 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 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 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 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 7242 8963
Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London
Grand Prix UK, presented by Austrian Wine 2021
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 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 7734 7737
Address: 8-10 Neal's Yard, London
Grand Prix UK, presented by Austrian Wine 2021
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 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 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 8127 7330
Address: 193 Hackney Rd, London
Best Short List of the Year UK 2021
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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...