Berry Bros & Rudd

Shopping , Off licences St James'
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Visit Berry at least once, just to sniff the history. The company has been selling wine here since William III was king (that’s late 17th century, for anyone not up on their history), and the cellars are ancient.

Berry’s impressive list of discerning patrons includes Lord Byron, William Pitt and Queen Elizabeth II (though probably not personally), all drawn by the heady atmosphere, highly knowledgeable staff and consistently high-quality wines – the shop excels at the traditional favourites of the well heeled, albeit with prices to match.

There’s ample choice under £10, however, and its own-label wines (clarets especially) are superb. And despite the shop’s heritage (and appealingly creaky floorboards), the brand makes an effort to stay completely up-to-date with innovations in the wine trade.

Venue name: Berry Bros & Rudd
Address: 3 St James's Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
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This wine and liquor merchants is the epitome of tradition, with 2 acres of wine cellars beneath the quaint, bottle lined shop in St James. There is so much history in the shop alone, but you don't go here for the history, you go here for the amazing selection of wines and spirits. The 'Good Ordinary Claret' and the 'Good Ordinary White' are their house wines, and they're both beautiful, and a steal at about £9 per bottle! And coming up to Christmas you'll struggle not to find at least something that any booze admirer wouldn't absolutely love - the Kings Ginger Liqueur for example is their best seller all year round, but this time of year the sales off the stuff basically pay their rent. All the staff know exactly what they're talking about - they exude the posh, refined elegance of the store, and they're all happy to help you with any queries they might have! They even have private dining rooms and banqueting halls for large parties - the perfect place to host a wine lovers party!

Allan Perry

What great comments, thanks, yes we are the best, who is to say that Byron was wrong in shopping and being weighed at the finest wine merchants in Great Britain and possibly the world