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Wine retailing runs in the bloodstreams of the two families that own Bedales. Their shops offer a globetrotting list of uniformly high quality, and they sell it with pride and enthusiasm. The attraction both at the original shop in Borough and the newer one in Spitalfields is the opportunity to try the wines in combination with simple and immaculately sourced food, from cheese plates to charcuterie. The mark-up on every bottle is fixed at £8: the higher you go the better the bargain. While Bedales will admit to favouring Italian and French wines, it stocks and has tastings of wines from around the world, including those harder-to-find wines that you might not be able to source yourself.

Branches 55 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LT (7929 3536); 12 Market Street, E1 6DT (7375 1926)

Venue name: Bedales
Address: 5 Bedale Street
Opening hours: Open noon-8.45pm Tue; noon-10.15pm Wed-Fri; 8.30am-5.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
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I have been to both branches of Bedales; I prefer the Borough Market location since it has more atmosphere, but both bars are lovely and the food and wine are top notch. A friend of mine held her birthday party at the Leadenhall Market location and the staff were absolutely amazing; they were so friendly and accommodating, and some of them even came dressed in costume (as it was a theme party) and helped us decorate. It's unusual to get such great customer service in London - I was really impressed!