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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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We had a lovely wine tasting event here and were introduced to wines from Loire valley in France. The wine selection was on the less dry side, because Loire valley produces a lot of sweet wines, but finding about the variety of grapes and a short introduction to wine tasting by the host was very helpful. They serve little bites to soak up the wine and the location and atmosphere is fabulous overlooking the bustling market of Borough.


It is amazing how much people care about wine. I’ve been hesitant attending wine tasting in the past because of it – half scared that my palette wouldn’t be able to pick out the smoked oak and blackberries that everyone else can clearly taste, but mostly aware that spitting into a bucket in front of a bunch of strangers is not how I’d chose to spend an evening. Luckily the “Hidden gems of Loire Valley” tasting session at Bedales at Borough Market completely changed my mind.

The Borough Market location is a match made in heaven, not only is the tasting in a beautiful private room upstairs sat around two long tables, but you also get to try an amazing selection of cheeses, meats, pates and olives all either made by Bedales or from the market itself. It’s a sharing platter so try and sit next to some people who look like they won’t each too much – more for you! They did recommend saving some of the food for tasting with the last couple of wines, but this proved too difficult for our group and I don’t think the food made it much past wine number 3.

Hosted by Helen McGinn of The Knackered Mother’s club (best name ever), this tasting was informal, fun, as interactive as you wanted it to be, but most of all delicious. Helen was a really engaging speaker and obviously had both a knowledge and passion for wine. After showing us how to taste properly it turns out I totally could taste oak as much as the next person! Plus no spitting. That’s right – you get to taste 6 different wines and drink them all up. It’s a great way to figure out what you like about wine and what to look out for in the future.


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!