No longer do you need to go to a snooty restaurant for a really great glass of wine – we celebrate the best of the cities wine bars…
Sometimes wine is just a simple accompaniment to a dinner, a menial tipple in the background. But sometimes you want the wine to be the forefront of your evening and you want it to be delicious. You want it to be served at the right temperature and served by staff that actually know their chardonnay from their Merlot and have a mass of vino knowledge they can’t wait to impart (and you can pass on to impress your friends.) We have put together five of our favourite London wine bars where you can get all of the above…
128-50 Wine Workshop
When looking to discover new wine, look no further than 28-50. There are three wine workshops around the city with a specially curated menu of around 15 white and 15 red wines. They are available by the glass, bottle or carafe meaning whether you’re popping in for a quick glass after work or settling down for an evening with friends there is something for you. The decor in all three is chic and stylish, an ideal atmosphere to while away the hours.
Where: 28° – 50° Fetter Lane, 28° – 50° Marylebone Lane, 28° – 50° Maddox Street
P.Franco prides itself on being laid-back and relaxed, offering fine wines in a chilled atmosphere. A centre communal table means it’s a great place to mingle with others or to sit around with friends. They offer a regularly changing roster of tastings and events and their wine menu is as exciting as it is invigorating. They offer a range of natural wines which mean the end result is both unpredictable and intriguing – and well worth a try.
Where: 07 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0N
There are three branches of Humble Grape wine bar in London – Islington, Fleet Street and Battersea. With an ethos to let you enjoy wine on your terms, they provide wine for you to savour at home in their shop or to drink in the bar with over 200 varieties which can be ordered by the glass, carafe or bottle. One of the best bits? You can try a flight of four wines for just £13.
Where: Islington, Fleet Street and Battersea
4Sager and Wilde
Nestled in Hackney Road is the sleek wine bar Sager and Wilde. Cosy and inviting it exudes subtle parisian vibes, with sultry decor and a bar made from pavement lights. The atmosphere is easy-going meaning you don’t need to “know wines” to enjoy yourself (but if you do the staff are happy to engage in conversation about them.) It’s a great spot to unwind and try a new range of wines with your friends. You might want to book as it’s a small space and can get busy quickly.
Where: 193 Hackney Road, London, E2 8JL
Ducksoup is a wine bar in the heart of Soho. They are cool, quirky and slick, with a focus on natural wines meaning your tipple is guaranteed to be full of flavour. They source characterful wines and work with a small number of suppliers whose win-making practices are carried out with love and care. Their wine list by the glass is changed frequently meaning you can always get the chance to try something new.
Where: 41 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4PY
Which is your favourite of these five wine bars? Let us know in the comments below… Looking for a way to get around London? Check out this guide to London transport which means you can indulge in the wine without the worry of how you’re getting home…