Best 15 wine bars in London

Sample hundreds of different types of wine at some of London's best wine bars.
The night falls as a few couple are enjoying a drink on a restaurant's terrace.
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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.

  1. 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 – right by Covent Garden’s opera singers – or in the beautifully vaulted interior.
  2. 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.

A collection of glasses at a wine bar

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. At Antidote Wine Bar, just off Carnaby Street in Soho, you’ll find only naturally fermented, organic and biodynamic wines. Don’t miss out on the Skin Contact Wine, a white wine made like a red.
  6. Unwined Tooting offers an incredible lineup of unusual and themed-inspired wines – from islands and myth and legends to geeks and nerds.
  7. Nestled in an atmospheric townhouse in Bloomsbury, 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.
  8. Visit 19th-century Gordon's Wine Bar, one of the oldest wine bars in London, for a jump back in time. In a candlelit atmosphere, enjoy sherry, port and Madeira alongside an extensive wine list in this vaulted London wine cellar.

Wine being poured into a couple of glasses

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 the wine, in what feels like a little piece of France.
  5. Established in Leicester Square in 1971, The Cork & Bottle is a real institution and stocks lovingly chosen wine bottles in its cellar.