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London wine bars - a guide

23 Dec 2011 by Jancis Robinson & Tamlyn Currin

In time, we hope, for those planning a trip to London over the forthcoming holidays, here is a guide to our favourite wine bars in London. As we pointed out here, after years of having hardly any establishments worthy of the wine bar appellation, the capital is now seeing a small explosion in their number. Many of them have a strong Andalusian flavour and we have listed them separately below.

Our definition of a wine bar is that it has a decent wine selection and that you are allowed to order no more than a glass of wine, ie you are not forced to order food as well. Do let us know via the comments box if you feel any of these do not meet that definition and/or would like to suggest anywhere else.

We've also been told that Super Tuscan is due to open in January 2012 - an Italian 'enoteca-style' bar in Spitalfields offering, they say, boutique wines and Italian beers. If you try it out, please report back.


1707 Bar, Fortnum & Mason SW1
28-50 EC4 
40 Maltby Street SE1
Anchor & Hope SE1
The Arches NW6
Bar Battu EC2
Le Beaujolais WC2
Bistro du Vin EC1 and W1 
Brawn E2
Café à Vin E1
Cork & Bottle W1
Degò W1
Duck Soup, W1
Finborough Wine Cafe SW10 
Fulham Wine Rooms SW6
Gordon's WC1
Green & Blue SE22
The Hide SE1
Kensington Wine Rooms W8
The Narrow E14
Negozio W11
Notes W1 and WC1
Pearl WC1
St John EC1
St Pancras Champagne Bar N1
Soif SW11
Terroirs WC1
Vino & Vino EC1
Vinoteca EC1 and W1
Vivat Bacchus EC4 and SE1
Wine Wharf SE1
The Wonder Bar, Selfridge's W1


Angels & Gypsies SE5
Barrafina W1
Barrica W1
Capote y Toros SW5 (pictured)
Dehesa W1
Iberica W1 and E14
José SE1
Lola Rojo SW11
Morito EC1
Opera Tavern WC1
Pepito N1
Salt Yard W1
Tapas Brindisa W1
Tendido Cero SW5
Trangallan N16


Also visited the brand new Negozio Classica shop and wine bar at Primrose Hill today (not yet on Jancis' list). Great choice on Italian wines!! We drank a marvellous Paolo Conterno nebbiolo! Gonna try the Notting Hill bar and shop after our walk there tomorrow. 

30 Dec 2011 21:55 by Roeland Verbist

New 1707 wine bar in Fortnum&Mason ok today but wine list too European and not really remarkable

30 Dec 2011 21:49 by Roeland Verbist

Albertine Wine Bar in Shepherds Bush is the winner of Imbibe Magazine Wine Bar List 2011. An extensive list, loads by the glass and at very reasonable prices indeed. Excellent cheese board, lovely staff, very relaxed atmosphere. 

28 Dec 2011 15:50 by Richard Craig

Cellar Gascon, the companion wine bar to Pascal Aussignac's Club Gascon. It offers an unsurpassable range of wines from the varied appellations of south-west Franc, as well as Champagnes, Armagnacs, Cognacs and even hard-to-find floc. The food (small plates based on the region's ingredients) is of very high quality, albeit equally highly priced. 

25 Dec 2011 15:31 by Natasha Hughes

Flute, a Champagne bar at 4 Great Portland St, Oxford Circus, opened two weeks ago.  Sister bars in NYC and Paris as I recall.  About 20 champagnes available by the glass, lots more by the bottle.  Good range of grower and Grande Marque. Not cheap, but atmospheric, with private booths available in which you can adjust lighting and music to your preference.  Complaints: the staff don't really know the menu yet and the glasses are really not big enough to appreciate the more serious wines (a common mistake when it comes to champagne, I think).  A work in progress.

23 Dec 2011 11:09 by Nicholas Jackson

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