London’s best wine bars are carrying the modest grape to cool hordes of observing consumers, with the tipple becoming more accessible to a wide range of drinkers in recent decades, thanks to a few pioneers in the scene.
Discover comfortable, bistro-style settings, modern bars that are extraordinary for a night out on the town, or hip Hackney home bases where wine is the main drink of the day. Find everything from regular wines to grapes from distant lands, all thanks to the helpful and handy support from learned, receptive staff from a range of culinary backgrounds.
From the moderately new Diogenes the Dog, where wine from the Czech Republic, Poland and Wales are all about as good anyone might expect to the rural Winemakers Deptford, which is back open again and repping probably the best drops from increasingly normal wine-production areas. One thing is for sure, you’ll discover a whole new side of the drink from these amazing grape-merchants.
If you’re heading to the capital soon for a stay at our fabulous Park Grand London Paddington, you’re sure to want to discover some of the best culinary and drink experiences this amazing city has to offer, and some of the top wine bars need to be on your list of things to see and do. After all, who doesn’t love wine?!
Likewise, the beautifully appointed guest rooms at Park Grand London Kensington are designed with the utmost attention and are embellished with plentiful amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and Broadband Internet access to make your stay memorable. This will make nursing the impending hangover after a night of wine-bar hopping a lot easier, especially as breakfast is complimentary, though our new brunch menu may be more up your street if it’s been a particularly long night…
To help get you started, here is a collection of our favourite London wine bars throughout the city.
Sager + Wilde, Hackney
No London wine bar list would be complete without this East London highlight. It has a great selection of wines from all over the world with nibbles to match and lots of bargains to boot. Thanks to its glittering reputation in the London food and drink scene, it’s almost impossible to go there and not run into someone from the wine trade. The wine list changes every day depending on what new and crazy stuff they are into and what old cellars they raid. Get there early and prepare for a long evening.
P Franco, Clapton
What started out as essentially an incredible spot to get a quick bottle from, or to go for a casual beverage with friends before supper somewhere else, it immediately changed into one of the most searched out spots to eat in the city. This is on account of the new management and a bunch of London’s most skilled gourmet specialists heading up the team. Everything began in 2015 when William Gleave (the head chef at what was perhaps the best café at the time, Garagistes) assumed control over the kitchen, which still right up to today serves a range of delights. From that point forward, the spot has been the home of ex-Clove Club culinary specialist Tim Spedding and Anna Tobias (previous head gourmet expert at Rochelle Canteen). It’s presently the job of Túbo Logier who keeps the line long – however, you’ll be in soon enough, so there’s actually quite little to wine about.
While known for its mark ‘nduja croquettes (and with generally excellent reason), Salon along Brixton’s Market Row is an amazing spot to experience, especially in its first-floor bar or on its seats overlooking the market’s steady comings and goings. While wine by the glass or jug is continually fascinating, it’s how it’s served by agreeable staff that gives Salon the edge. Executive Mark Gurney is as enthusiastic about beats as he is liquor, so stop by the neighbouring Wine Store each first Thursday of the month for Strictly Bangers, a night of tunes to coordinate those flavours.
Humble Grape, Battersea
This is a wine bar team with a difference, as they aim to make wine accessible and agreeable for everybody. No inquiry is stupid, something you’ll rapidly understand from their proficient yet totally sympathetic staff. Rather you’re urged to ask who, what, and why as you see fit, all of which they’ll do their best to reply in an easily-digestible, absorbable way. Then again, in case you’re secure with the sort of thing you’re after, they’ll joyfully point you towards a glass or bottle among their 400-odd at a bargain, the vast majority of which are from generally obscure vineyards around the globe. Should you get peckish they have an assortment of tidbits, little plates, and enormous plates, including charcuterie and cheddar on offer. Furthermore, they offer various fun, laid-back wine samplings, and week by week offers.
Bonus: Humble Grape is just across the River Thames from Park Grand London Paddington, meaning it’s a must-visit for anyone taking advantage of central London hotels special offers like ours.
Gordon’s, Charing Cross
One of the most popular wine bars in the city, particularly with tourists, this absolutely deserves a spot on your list, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll see why. Gordon’s Wine Bar is believed to be the most established wine bar in London having been set up back in 1890. The bar is a family undertaking, owned by Wendy Gordon who is the spouse of the late and much-loved Luis Gordon, and now directed by Luis’ oldest child Simon. The Gordon’s wine bar family incorporates the bar staff – a significant number of whom have been there for a considerable length of time under the mindings of Gerard who brings French joie de vivre to the atmosphere and guarantees the clients are very much taken care of. They attempt to keep up the bar as the guests like it which fundamentally signifies “no change!”. They have kept up the first stylistic theme and sell just wine while serving conventional and very much valued grub.
After a glass (or a shared bottle!) you’ll be happy to retire to your room at one of the central London hotels within the Shaftesbury collection.