The Sampler


Independent wine shop.

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The Sampler

266 Upper Street
N1 2UQ
+44 (0)20 7226 9500
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 18 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Sampler

4.0 out of 5 6 November 2014
by Rory P.

I really enjoyed our visit here, it was a bit of an impromptu drop in, and I didn't have any expectations. We put a tenner on our oyster card of booze and tried a range of wines. It was fun and the staff were very friendly (we broke a glass and the lady that works there just commented that she was glad it wasn't her breaking something for once and not to worry). We tried a range of wines, but...more

5.0 out of 5 31 August 2013
by Travis M.

I notice some of the other reviews mention poor service. This has never been the case for me. The guys working there are always happy to provide guidance if I need it or back off if I'm just browsing. And it is a fun place to browse. Lots of selection, plus some really old bottles at the back that make you wonder how a 1920's Bordeaux really does taste.more

4.0 out of 5 28 February 2013
by Chloe D.

London never ceases to amaze me. Never have I lived in a city so peppered with hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered. I've lived in Highbury for 4 years now and i'm still discovering new delights. The Sampler is no exception to this. It's been an Islington haunt for about 6 years, but for some reason I've only just stumbled upon it. What distinguishes it from all of the other lovely wine...more

4.0 out of 5 6 February 2012
by Duncan W.

I used to love this place (it once warranted a 5 star review) but I think that it is on the slide at the moment. The format is still the same - either you can use the shop as a normal wine shop and buy from the good selection of wine (organised by grape variety rather than country) or taste the wine from the various tasting booths.

In relation to the former, the selection of older vintages...more

2.0 out of 5 18 January 2012
by Caren H.

This place was such a disappointment. Finally wandered in last Sunday afternoon. It is a massive shop and I was the only one in it. I wondered around for a good 10 minutes hoping that one of the sales people would talk to me. But alas, no....they just had their own conversation and never even said Hi, or can I help you. So I didn't even get to sample any wine because I didn't know how...more

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