Unwind with a glass of vino at one of these London wine bars, from quirky bars to French bistros.
Many of these specialist wine bars also offer tasting events, live music and delicious food to complement your vintage.
Explore more than 200 exciting wines and an ever-changing selection of 25 varieties by the glass at London wine bar Vinoteca, which has five locations across the city.
Locations: City (21 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR), King's Cross (3 King’s Boulevard, London N1C 4BU), Farringdon (7 Saint John Street, London EC1M 4AA ), Chiswick (18 Devonshire Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2HD) and Borough Yards (18 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD).
Enjoy the fruits of some serious winemaking at Vagabond, where unique wine machines give you the option to get a taster or glass of more than 100 wines. You can discover Vagabond wine in eight locations across London including the following hot spots.
Locations: Shoreditch (The Pavilion, 4 Principle Place, Worship Street, London, EC2A 2FA), Victoria (Unit 17, Nova Building, 77 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0AJ), Canary Wharf (25 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QA).
3. Vivat Bacchus
Take your pick from more than 18,000 bottles at one of Vivat Bacchus’ walk-in wine cellars in Farringdon and London Bridge. Taste great South African wines or try one from a famous vintage French winery.
Locations: London Bridge (4 Hays Lane, London Bridge, London, SE1 2HB) and Farringdon (47 Farringdon Street, Holborn, London, EC4A 4LL).
4. Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Wander the back streets of Seven Dials to discover Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, hidden away in Neal’s Yard. Enjoy sophisticated wines, small plates and cheese and charcuterie boards.
Location: 8-10 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
5. Antidote Wine Bar
At Antidote Wine Bar, located near Carnaby Street in Soho, you’ll find only naturally fermented, organic and bio-dynamic wines. Don’t miss out on the Skin Contact Wine, a white wine made like red wine.
Location: 12A Newburgh St, Carnaby, London W1F 7RR
6. The Crusting Pipe
The Crusting Pipe serves a great range of wines from Davy’s wine merchants, many of which are offered by the glass. Sit on the terrace close to Covent Garden’s opera singers – or in the beautifully vaulted interior.
Location: Jubilee Market Hall, 30 Tavistock Ct, London WC2E 8BD
7. Noble Rot Wine Bar
Nestled in an atmospheric townhouse in Bloomsbury, the award-winning Noble Rot Wine Bar offers a delicious wine list. Enjoy undervalued wines by the glass and hard-to-find gems from the world’s leading winemakers.
Location: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
8. The 10 Cases
If it’s routine you’re looking for, you won’t find it at The 10 Cases. This cosy little bistro in Covent Garden doesn’t settle for old favourites and only ever buys 10 cases of the wines on its menu. So, make sure you visit regularly to try new things.
Location: 16 Endell St, London WC2H 9BB
Unwined offers an incredible lineup of unusual and themed-inspired wines – from islands, myths and legends to geeks and nerds. Head to Tooting for a pre or post-dinner drink and cheese or weekly wine tasting, or nestle yourself into a cosy booth savouring a selection of sharing plates in Waterloo.
Locations: Tooting (Unit 16a, Tooting Market 21-23 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0SN) and Waterloo (Ground Floor, 137 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE).
10. Humble Grape
Take your pick from more than 400 sustainable wines, which Humble Grape directly imports from boutique wineries around the world to fill the shelves of its five London wine shop bars.
Locations: Battersea (2 Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED), Fleet Street (1 Saint Bride’s Passage, EC4Y 8EJ) and Liverpool Street (8 Devonshire Row, EC2M 4RH)
11. Le Beaujolais
Tucked away between vibrant Soho and Covent Garden, Le Beaujolais is London's oldest French wine bar. Enjoy authentic French terroir, from rustic cuisine to wine, in what feels like a little piece of France.
Location: 25 Litchfield St, London WC2H 9NJ
12. Gordon's Wine Bar
Visit 19th-century Gordon's Wine Bar, one of the oldest wine bars in London, for a journey back in time. In a candlelit atmosphere, enjoy sherry, port and Madeira alongside an extensive wine list in this vaulted London wine cellar.
Location: 47 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
13. The Cork & Bottle
Established in Leicester Square in 1971, The Cork & Bottle is a real institution and stocks lovingly chosen wine bottles in its cellar.
Location: 44-46 Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7AN
14. The Wine Bar at Fortnum & Mason
Tuck into tasty plates from Fortnum & Mason’s Lower Ground Floor Food Hall with a glass (or more) of wine from the world’s most admired growers at The Wine Bar.
Location: 181 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1A 1ER
15. WC Wine & Charcuterie
Formerly a public toilet, WC Wine & Charcuterie is probably one of the quirkiest wine bars in London. People watch on the drinking terrace or venture into its trendy wine bar with original Victorian tiling – which is under Clapham Common’s Tube station.
Location: Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA