London's best bars for wine-lovers

A lover of vino? Then take a look at our list...

Who can resist supping a chilled, crisp Fiano as you recline on your yacht anchored off the Azores?

Similarly, who doesn't like a great big glass of gutsy Burgundy as you sit in front of the fire whilst regaling tales about shooting tigers in India?

Or, if you're anything like us, you'll enjoy breaking open a bottle of Concord as you get hammered on a Tuesday afternoon in Green Park. You see, wine appeals to everyone - and, happily, any erstwhile pretensions have long been shed.

So whether you're an occasional wino or someone who spends longer going through the wine list than the food menu, we've picked out some great joints in the capital to enjoy a fine glass of wine.




The Kensington Wine Rooms
127-129 Kensington Church Street W8 7LP
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The great appeal of Kensington Wine Rooms is that even if you’re only in for a glass you can still sample the best of what’s on offer. Relaxed and welcoming, Kensington Wine Rooms have over 40 different wines available by the glass. The venue stocks a mix of bottles from both famous estates and up-and-coming growers.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • USERS 8/10
The 10 cases
16A Endell Street WC2H 9BD
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The 10 Cases is the one with the interesting approach to buying. Only ever stocking ten cases of the wine on the list and with only ten tables, there’s something of a theme here. Located on Endell Street in Covent Garden, The 10 Cases offers great value for a central London wine bar with a difference.

  • FRENCH
Terroirs
5 William IV Street WC2N 4DW
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross

AIL Says: The Strand restaurant and bar is all about the natural wine. It is a hip venue that doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can relax in the bar area and sip on organic wine from small growers while you decide whether to indulge in some classical French cooking from the restaurant next door.

  • SPANISH
Negozio Classica
283 Westbourne Grove Notting Hill W11 2QA
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Holland Park (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Negozio Classica is mad about Tuscan wine. Located in Westbourne Grove, the Italian wine bar offers a large range of tipples by the glass. Despite the Tuscan focus, the in-house wine sommelier travels all over Italy to bring the best in Italian wine to this West London retreat.

  • WINE MERCHANTS
Vinoteca
7 St. John Street EC1M 4AA
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: A shop, a tasting centre and a bar rolled into one. Vinoteca is all about educating Londoners in the art of wine. Classic to experimental wines, the bar is a great place to indulge your love of vino.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Gordon's Wine Bar
47 Villiers Street WC2N 6NE
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross

AIL Says: Gordon’s has so much character that you almost forget that there’s a great selection of wine to be had here too. The atmospheric subterranean caves of the bar are the perfect place to sample the excellent wine list on offer.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 9/10
L'Entrepot
230 Dalston Lane Kingsland E8 1LA
Region: Kingsland
Nearest Station: Hackney Downs

AIL Says: Borough have been serving their excellent barreled wine from shops for a long while now so it is apt that they have finally given their fans somewhere comfortable to enjoy it. Their restaurant/bar L’Entrepot is an intimate little spot at which to take advantage of their excellent offerings. Shabby and chic!

  • CAFES, SNACK SHOPS & TEA ROOMS
Quality Chop House
92 Farringdon Road EC1R 3EA
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: There’s a reason you’ll find Quality Chop House on lists of London’s most stylish drinking venues - they tend to stick to past glories of design. Simple, elegant and ever so slightly glamorous, Quality Chop House is Farringdon’s answer to a chic Parisian win bar. Dotted with booths across a monochrome tiled floor this is the place to come to impress someone on a wine date.

  • BRITISH
  • 71/100
  • USERS 9/10
Workshop Coffee Co
27 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RN
Region: Clerkenwell
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Sure, it says coffee in the title but there’s more to this Clerkenwell café than in-house roasting and fine brunch food. The evening menu brings the wine with it and you are more than welcome to come along and take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass. The focus is on interesting bottles from far and wide, which means you can expect to sample the delights of biodynamic wine in the stylish bar.

  • BRASSERIE
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10


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