A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away! Isn’t that the saying? Well we like to think so! So we have rounded up 5 of our favourite wine bars in London, from well-awaited catch up with friends, or a tête-a-tête that needs more of an intimate atmosphere than the likes of Winter Wonderland. Here they are!

Porte Noire 

Just recently in October 2021, Idris Elba (yes, the Idris Elba), opened his wine bar in collaboration with Frenchman: David Farber, as an extension of their wine label launched in 2018. Located in London’s Coal Drops Yard (a.k.a. London foodie central).

Gasholder 10, unit A, London N1C 4BY (King’s Cross area).
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Noble Rot

We like this wine bar because they offer everything form “underdog” wines by the glass through to rare gems from the worlds leading winemakers. It boasts the wine list award from the 2019 World Restaurant Awards as well as Wine List Of The Year in 2018, 2017, and 2016. Located in an atmospheric townhouse of London’s Bloomsbury district, it’s a stones throw from the British Museum.

51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB
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Gordon’s Wine Bar

This is London’s oldest wine bar, meaning it’s been around for just about 130 years. It is a hidden gem, just a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station and easy to miss if you don’t know what you are looking for. Although from Thursday evenings it does get busy, it’s an ideal watering hole for Londoners of all trades earlier in the week. Queue up to order your wine, but not before you stop off and choose which of the 15 types of cheese you want to put on your board!

47 Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6NE
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This one makes the list as Vermouth is technically part of the vino family (an aromatised fortified wine to be precise) and also because vermouth has never looked so Instagramable. Just like Porte Noir, this all-day cafe and bar boasts over 70 vermouths at any given time, to be enjoyed as part of a cocktail or simply on the rocks. The venture comes from Chef Anthony Demetre, the mind behind Wild Honey menus at Sofitel St James. Demetre has taken inspiration from the great European eateries and cafés found in Italy, France and Spain. The ingredients on the menu, to accompany the drinks, are sourced fresh and as local as possible, ensure the support of small businesses and a guaranteeing a great meal out.

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38/39 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ (King’s Cross area).

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Andrew Edmunds

Alright, we’ve cheated for this last one, it is a restaurant.. But how can you not fall for a rich Bordeaux in this dim-lit 18th century house where the atmosphere of romance never fails? Established in 1985, this restaurant is considered on of Old Soho’s last bastions. Their menu is seasonal and features crowd favourites such as the Burrata or the Ox Cheek.

We highly recommend considering a magnum if you are out for a celebratory meal with larger crowd such as their 2001 Australian shiraz ‘Georgia’s Paddock’ Jasper Hill.

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46 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LP (Soho area).

soho wine bar
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Published 21st December 2021
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