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  • Tamlyn Currin
  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Tamlyn Currin
  • & Jancis Robinson
23 Dec 2011


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 just a glass of wine, ie you are not forced to order food as well. Do let us know via the Members' forum or the Contact link at the bottom of the page if you feel any of these do not meet that definition and/or would like to suggest anywhere else.

WINE BARS

1707 Bar, Fortnum & Mason SW1
28-50 EC4 and W1
40 Maltby Street SE1
Anchor & Hope SE1
The Arches NW6
Le Beaujolais WC2
Brawn E2
Café à Vin E1
Cork & Bottle W1
Duck Soup W1
Finborough Wine Cafe SW10 
Fulham Wine Rooms SW6
Gordon's WC1
The Hide SE1
Kensington Wine Rooms W8
Luc's Brasserie EC3
The Narrow E14
Negozio W11
Notes E14, EC2, WC2, N1, N7
Pearl WC1
St John EC1, E1, SE1
St Pancras Champagne Bar N1
Soif SW11
Super Tuscan E1
Terroirs WC1
Vino & Vino EC1
Vinoteca EC1, W1, W4, N1
Vivat Bacchus EC4 and SE1
Wine Wharf SE1
The Wonder Bar, Selfridge's W1

TAPAS & SHERRY BARS

Angels & Gypsies SE5
Barrafina W1 and WC2
Barrica W1
Capote y Toros SW5 (pictured)
Dehesa W1
Iberica W1, E14, EC1, SW1
José SE1
Lola Rojo SW11
Morito EC1
Opera Tavern WC1
Pepito N1
Salt Yard W1
Tapas Brindisa W1
Tendido Cero SW5
Trangallan N16