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Best bars in London - Wine bars
Time Out's guide to the best bars in London with outstanding wine lists
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Red, white, sparkling, dry - whatever you fancy there are plenty of bars serving great wine in the capital. From stylish wine bars to vino taverns, our critics' have rounded up the best bars in London with outstanding wine lists. Think we've missed a great wine bar in London? Let us know in the comment box below.
London's best wine bars
This exciting collaboration between sommelier Xavier Rousset and executive chef Agnar Sverrisson (their second, following haute cuisine restaurant Texture) is focused on wine, but has much more attention on food than the average wine bar.
- 140 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1BT
KWR is thoroughly modern in using dispensers to keep wine fresh for longer, so allowing single glasses to be served and thus facilitating experimentation.
- 127-129 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LP
The name ‘Mission’ doesn’t refer to a position, or even a crusade to save souls. It is a homage to California where the wine country is littered with Spanish Missions: the first sacramental grape was called The Mission. This Mission – named after the San Francisco neighbourhood – is a big step up for Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde (of critically acclaimed wine bar Sager & Wilde).
- 250 Paradise Row, E2 9LE
The Quality Chop House carries deliberate echoes of its 19th-century origins by offering ‘a chop and a glass’. Wine rather than ale is the main draw now (though Kernel beer is offered). There’s a wine shop alongside the bar and dining room, with plenty to interest both casual sippers and serious imbibers.
- 92-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA
In the 90s and Noughties, ‘ABC’ – Anything But Chardonnay – was the term used to describe a movement that avoided the obvious, the mass-produced, the populist. More than a decade later, in a city that’s now brimming with exciting and unusual wines to try, there’s no excuse for ordering the usual. Pop down to The Remedy for some proper excitement in your glass.
- 124 Cleveland St, W1T 6PG
With its good looks and pooch-friendly policies, this Hoxton wine bar (a Shoreditch pop-up gone permanent) has plenty going for it. Not to mention a flat-rate £20 mark-up per bottle.
- 193 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
The term ‘vin naturel’ – natural wine – was revived in France during the 1980s to describe a process of ‘natural’ fermentation, with minimal intervention in the viticultural process. Terroirs in London pioneered a similar approach in 2001, and soon had branches, as well as imitators – Toasted is the latest in the Terroirs tradition.
- 36-38 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HJ
Terroirs positions itself as an evangelist for natural wines, but is equally valued for the quality of its informal French cooking and its buzzy atmosphere.
- 5 William IV Street, WC2N 4DW
We’re big fans of this small wine bar and shop, and we’re not alone. The no-bookings policy in the evening means it’s first come, first served, and such is Vinoteca’s reputation for interesting wine and food at very acceptable prices, there’s always a queue.
- 7 St John Street, EC1M 4AA
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