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: Fab Feb offers at Dalla Terra: 2-for-1 on sparkling by the glass from Sunday to Wednesday until 7pm. And a 15% discount on all take outs.
This Covent Garden wine bar, restaurant and enoteca on Slingsby Place has a firm focus on wine – there are almost 500 bottles, most of them Italian and more than 30 of them available by the glass. As an enoteca, each of the bottles is available to take away, too. It's certainly a long list, with French wines and Champagnes alongside a selection of new world bottles complementing a vast array of Italian options sourced from independent producers in Umbria, Tuscany, Sicily, Sardinia, Lombardy and Piedmont, to name a few. Ports and dessert wines also feature. And to line the stomach? Think beef tartar, wild mushroom and truffle oil risotto, lasagne Bolognese and a ravioli of ricotta, spinach, butter and sage alongside antipasti, charcuterie platters, cheese boards and, incongruously, a mezze selection.