Forget the French rustic clichés: this is an edgy space, with geometric white tiling, pendant lights and a goldfish bowl made from an old TV set. The wine, fromage and charcuterie are good, too: Authentique wants to bring the best from French-speaking parts of the world to a corner of north London, and the by-the-glass menu highlights a different region each month. Take it from us - this place is un-brie-lievable.
Forget starchy and old-fashioned. London’s best wine bars are bringing the humble grape to cool crowds of discerning drinkers. Find cosy, bistro-style settings, sophisticated bars that are great for date night, or hip Hackney hangouts where wine is the drink du jour. Discover everything from natural wines to grapes from far-flung vineyards, plus service from knowledgeable, approachable staff.
From the relatively new Diogenes the Dog, where wine from the Czech Republic, Poland and Wales are all par for the course to the rustic Winemakers Deptford, which is back open again and repping some of the best drops from more common wine-making regions. One thing is for certain, you’ll find more than a bargain bin Sauv Blanc at these great little grape-peddlers.