The great guide to London's best wine places
Phone: +44 20 77344677
Address: 10 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DL
Small, buzzy bistro in the heart of Soho, serving comforting and wine-friendly, modern European dishes. 10 Greek Street is a great option in London for drinking finer wines in a fun, easy-going space with hearty food on the side.
Phone: +44 20 7486 7922
Address: 15-17 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London
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 7437 5708
Address: 46 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 0LP
Andrew Edmunds is the cherished Soho bistro, known almost as much for its cosy interior, quirky but delightful service and honest, delicious food as it is for its solid wine list; a list that’s offered amazing value for over 30 years.
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 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: 4 Redchurch St, London E1 6JL
New and rightfully popular Basque-inspired, wood-fired grill restaurant on the first floor above Smoking Goat (an equally excellent but separate entity – and Thai). Housed in a decommissioned East end strip club, it looks more like a smart old man’s London pub with wood panels and original features. Wine is obviously a focus – empty bottles sit above the front door and line the corridor to the stairs. The specialty is of course Turbot (Brat) alongside quality cuts of meat, whole game birds and clean, superlatively sourced sides – all simply but expertly cooked.
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 7729 5692
Address: 49 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
Informal bistro with an open kitchen in the back, on the hip and historical Columbia Road, in Hackney – home of the famous Sunday flower market. The superb cooking has a relaxed ease – a daily menu of seasonal, produce-driven, regional European dishes and not-to-be-missed classic desserts. Set up in 2010 by wine importer Les Caves de Pyrene the wine list is thorough and natural/sustainable/biodynamic. It’s now solely owned by the original (and very wine-savvy) chef Ed Wilson, who’s taken the whole offer from strength to strength. The sizeable list is mostly European with a smattering of New Wo...
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 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: +44 20 7637 0871
Address: 5 Clipstone Street, London
From the team who run The Quality Chop House, Portland and Emilia, Clipstone is the most casual of the group and has a snappy little list to match. The food is the fresh, modern bistro du jour, with one of the best value set lunches in town. Everything on the list is available by the glass, carafe and bottle, some from keg to preserve freshness, offer the best value and tick eco boxes. Whilst short it's great value (house wine £4!), there's something for everyone (up to ~£90/btl) from old and new world dynamic small producers, plus a 'Winemaker Page' focusing on a select few for a bit of depth...
Phone: +44 20 7407 2140
Address: 109 Bermondsey Street, London
The most 'French' French bistro in London? Quite possibly. It's small, buzzy and très, très bon; complete with checkered table clothes and a blackboard menu. They serve authentic and excellent bistro cooking on Bermondsey Street - a hotbed of great independent restaurants - followed by cheese and the likes of Paris Brest and Ile Flottante for dessert.
Phone: +44 20 3937 5086
Address: 92 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PN
Core by Clare Smyth has achieved a lot after its opening in August 2017, including being awarded two stars from the Michelin Guide. The menu offers a la carte and a short and long tasting menu with optional wine pairings of 100ml per course. One of South Africa’s (and beyond) best sommeliers, Gareth Ferreira, is behind the wine list. It has more than 400 bins covering the most important wine regions around the World and a generous number of wines by the glass, allowing the sommeliers to offer varied and exciting options with your tasting menu. If you´re seeking a top fine-dining experience in...
Phone: +44 20 8672 0114
Address: 2 Bellevue Rd, London SW17 7EG
A long-time favourite of Londoners, all of whom are very willing to make the journey out to leafy Wandsworth (not as far as you think) for the timeless and consistently excellent Chez Bruce. They say it best: “from the outset, it was our intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment”. Sharing a co-owner with La Trompette, The Glasshouse and The Ledbury the wine cellar is impressive. The list is extensive – classic French and Italian regions dominate but Portugal, Spain, Islands, Central Europe and the New W...
Phone: +44 20 7877 7703
Address: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ
City Social is located on the 24th floor of Tower 42 with dramatic views over the City of London and boasts a smart decor, a buzzy, slick atmosphere and top notch cooking. City Social’s wine list has a fairly classic approach with a thorough range of producers and regions and bottles for all occasions.
Phone: +44 20 7600 1616
Address: 48 Gresham St, London EC2V 7AY
Cabotte is a recent addition to the City in London and has a superb, long wine list majoring on the great wines of Burgundy. Set up by two Master Sommeliers (Xavier Rousset and Gearoid Devaney) along with the backing of some high profile Burgundian Growers, Cabotte lists about 1000 wines with 650 of those from Burgundy. But of course that still leaves plenty of room for other regions, whether it be a single vineyard Gruner or old, rare Madeira. It’s a smart but trendy space with two private dining rooms upstairs and very wine friendly European menu. Despite its location in the City and its foc...
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 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 7734 7737
Address: 8-10 Neal's Yard, London
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...