Best Wine Bars in London

I LOVE wine!  All kinds.  Below are some of the best wine bars in London, the best places to taste, drink and buy vino:

1707 at Fortnum & Mason have a superb selection of wines and some well crafted and interesting wine flights – far more exciting than going out for one drink! The bar is usually open until 8pm last time I checked.

10 Greek Street This place is small but worth a visit for the excellent and well price wines (one of the owners used to work for Liberty Wines and definitely knows his stuff).

Cork & Bottle in Leicester Square, I avoided it for years thinking it was some tacky bar not worth visiting – how wrong could I be!  It has one of the best selections of wine by the glass in London!

Kensington Wine Rooms Fairly expensive Notting Hill wine bar but has a decent spread of wines to sample and drink by the glass or bottle.  The food is also good.
Vagabond Wines Friendly staff and reasonably priced wine shop in Fulham and now also on Charlotte Street. You can sample or drink by the glass/bottle.  Great platters too.
Vinoteca Currently in Farringdon, Marylebone and Soho. It has good food and a decent selection of wines by the glass.
Le Beaujolais in Leicester Square, probably has the most interesting decor. It has decent platters and the wine’s not bad.

Gordon’s Wine Bar near Embankment tube. No matter how hard I try this place is always packed. There’s no better place to be in winter than in the cellars with a glass in hand (perhaps lacking in quality but compensated by the atmosphere)!  (Look out for the pick pocketers – I watched a documentary about them recently!).

The Wonder Bar in Selfridges  has about 20-30 different bottles in enoteca machines to sample.

The Sampler has lots of interesting wines, especially older ones to try if you don’t mind hefty mark ups. Some branches offer platters of meat and cheese too.

Whole Foods on High Street Kensington. Not the most atmospheric of wine bars but they do have an interesting and well priced wine selection.


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