Red, white, sparkling, dry – whatever you fancy there are plenty of bars serving great wine in the capital. It's not all about craft beer and cocktail bars, after all. 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
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).Read more
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.Read more
Venue says: Regular wine tastings, special events and live music on weekends. Monday night 50% off on select wines. Friday lunch specials.
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.Read more
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.Read more
Venue says: 'Visca Catalunya!+Fino Sherry' tasting on Thursday 6 August at 7.30pm is out for sale. Read more, book your tickets http://eepurl.com/bufuEn
A narrow residential street in Wapping is perhaps not the most obvious location for the brave new venture that is Daniil Vashchilov’s natural, organic and biodynamic wine bar and shop. Then again, locals clearly appreciate quirky quality and are prepared to pay for the privilege. There’s a good deal that is quirky about this reclaimed pub, aside from the motley assortment of wooden tables, chairs and sink-in sofas. One such element is the determined focus on British and even local-to-London produce; another is the purist approach to wine (and beer). But perhaps the least usual and most welcome aspect is the friendly, enthusiastic and hugely informative engagement with customers: order just a glass of something unfamiliar and you’ll be given a taster; express enthusiasm and a number of corks will be popped and the pedigree of each wine laid bare. The food too – simple platters of cheese and charcuterie in prime condition, with carefully selected accompaniments – is provenance-identified with pride. On our visit, beef strips, cured in-house and still pink and tender, proved a cleverly conceived partner to richly fruity Morgon and a contrasting Gamay de Chaudenay, its choucroute notes indicative of ‘natural’ wine making. The list changes constantly, so there’s plenty to keep local palates refreshed, and much that would reward a speculative excursion.