Food & Drink

The 11 Best Wine Bars in London

Published On 08/06/2015 Published On 08/06/2015
The Remedy
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Sager + Wilde
Terroirs Wine Bar
Quality Chop House
The 10 Cases
Flickr/Ewan Munro
Negozio Classica
ToastDulwich
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1. Gordon's Wine Bar 47 Villiers Street, Embankment, WC2N 6NE (Covent Garden)

Buried deep beneath cobbled streets in Covent Garden, Gordon's Wine Bar is composed of multiple caves and tunnels filled with small candlelit tables and copious bottles of wine, which is somehow more romantic than it is gimmicky. Gordon's has been around since 1890, and is still going strong serving its wide selection of global wines (ranging from red to rosé to vegan) and a handful of snacks, such as cheese plates, a smoked salmon salad, and peppers stuffed with feta cheese.

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2. The Remedy 124 Cleveland St, London, w1t 6PG (Fitzrovia)

The name of this spot is a homage to the founders' philosophy that wine can solve almost all problems. We're not going to question them when the wine list is THIS good, especially not during $1 oyster happy hours or Monday Night Fever, when 12 select bottles are 50% off (!!!).

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3. Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels 8-10 Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP (Covent Garden)

Covent Garden -- not always the most fun for non-tourists. But this little wine bar, tucked downstairs at Neal's Yard, is worth braving the crowds. The wine list won't disappoint, offering everything from well known, respected favorites, to up & coming stars, with a few unique options that fall somewhere in the middle

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4. Sager & Wilde 193 Hackney Rd, London, E2 8JL (Hackney)

Sager & Wilde is a sleek wine bar serving reasonably price drinks by the bottle or glass, and varying day to day. The food menu boasts a rotating set of small plates. Behind the long iron-grate bar sits staff members who clearly know what they’re talking about, so rest assured you’ll get something to your liking. Overflowing with laid-back charm, this is the perfect spot to try wines you’ve never heard of (there's an extensive by-the-glass program) and then end up ordering several bottles worth. Also, the toasted sandwich game here is ace.

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5. Terroirs 5 William IV St, London, WC2N 4DW (Covent Garden)

In typical wine bar fashion, the wine list exceeds the food menu by more than seems possible. This West End spot has set a sort of bar for wine bars in the area after becoming arguably the biggest name on the scene,

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6. The Quality Chop House 92–94 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3EA (Clerkenwell)

Despite receiving glowing reviews even within its own name, 140yr-old Farringdon stalwart QCH went out in the recession, but's now returned to reclaim its glory in its Grade 2 listed building, with its b/w tile floor supporting familiar oak pews ideal for the practice of meat worship.

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7. The 10 Cases 16 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9BD (Covent Garden)

Now soft-open in Covent Garden for an official Monday launch, 10's bistro-esque space plays host to a mathematically determined menu: three daily changing, three-course feasts of classic pan-European fare (starters like prawns & aioli or foie gras terrine, mains like whole sea bass or pork belly), all designed to accompany the constantly rotating 10-case stock of 10 different reds & 10 different whites, which, taken collectively, form the Bay City Rollers.

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8. 40 Maltby Street 40 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA (Southwark)

Located in an old railway arch in Bermondsey, this spot is already too popular for our liking. But really between the dynamic wine list, charcuterie, and fresh bread -- we expect nothing less.

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9. Negozio Classica 283 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2QA (Notting Hill)

The Italian vibe of this spot extends from the Tuscan-focused wine list, to the antipasti, to the patrons. The cold and simultaneously welcoming atmosphere is definitely unique, but don't let it deter you because this wine bar is something special.

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10. Toast.e.d. 36-38 Lordship Ln, London, SE22 8HJ (Brixton)

Toast.e.d. took the classic wine bar, added breakfast (served until 11:45am) & some fermentation tanks, and came out a winner. The food menu is notably British, but the wine list is Old World random, with a bunch of unique bottles.

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