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The best London wine shops doing home delivery

How to get only the best bottles of wine delivered to your London home

By Laura Richards
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Although bars and pubs were ordered to close under London’s lockdown measures, a sweet little loophole totally befitting the UK’s drinking problems habits means that, under current guidelines, off licences are allowed to keep their doors open. This has seen many of London’s best wine shops – and wine bars doubling as offies – cleverly adapt their business model to the takeaway and delivery market, keeping their communities in good supply of the grape stuff (and more) in the process.

Let’s face it, we could all use a good glass right now – and with these brilliant wine shops on the case (of 12, please), you don’t have to worry about leaving the house for a night in on the vino. It’s bottoms up while staying squarely on your bottom. 

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The best wine shops delivering to London homes

Diogenes the Dog

Bars and pubs Wine bars Walworth

Walworth’s surprising wine bar is coming up with the goods in crisis mode, too, providing a novel ‘phone sommelier service’. Give the bar – which is now a deli and wine shop – a buzz and it can bundle up an order of fresh bread, goods and that all-important vino and get it out to residents of Walworth, Bermondsey and Elephant & Castle and surrounding areas. 

 

The 10 Cases

Bars and pubs Wine bars Covent Garden

Somewhat ahead of the curve, The 10 Cases has been in the wine delivery game for quite some time, sending bottles out to curious customers via its own app, Drop. Now we need it more than ever. Browse by colour, price or even mood, and select your bottles to arrive on ice. Drop does same-day delivery seven days a week, making it something of a life-saver in these strange old times. 

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Weino Bib

Bars and pubs Wine bars Dalston

You know what’s a smart idea in any London flatshare right now? Box wine. Cheer up the whole crew with an order from Weino Bib. The bag-in-box specialist in Dalston is delivering its goods within a two-mile radius right now. Box clever.

Top Cuvee
Photograph: TheyCallMeGT - Graham Turner

Shop Cuvée

Restaurants Cafés Highbury

A sign of the times: Highbury’s bistro and wine bar Top Cuvée has rebranded as Shop Cuvée, supplying same-day delivery to those in the vicinity with top-notch ready meals (we’re talking a step up from Charlie Bigham’s), posh cupboard essentials, less-posh cupboard essentials (it’s sold out of loo roll right now, but Bourbon biscuits are in stock) and some serious wine. Natural wine is the thing here, and you can order hip offerings by the bottle or request a ‘survival pack’: a lucky dip of three or six bottles selected by staff. And never fear, it’ll also send out wine and pre-batched cocktails within 3-5 days across the UK via CollectPlus.

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Passione Vino
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Passione Vino

If you live within a five-mile radius of Shoreditch, well, you’re in serious luck. Passione Vino has launched its Wine on Wheels service to keep the surrounding areas well-oiled in these particular times of need. Orders are shipped on the back of a Vespa, for full novelty effect. Just enter your details on an online order form and select from Italian reds, whites, rosés and even orange wines. It even has Italian ‘survival packs’ for a luxe night in on the pasta and vino. If you’re a little further out the way, email shop@passionevino.co.uk and it’ll see what it can do.  

renegade wine bar
Andy Parsons

Renegade

Bars and pubs Wineries Bethnal Green

While your local supermarket will doubtless have some deals on crisis wine, you’d be doing your bit by avoiding those and ordering from east London winery Renegade. The Bethnal Green winemaker is offering free delivery to all online customers if they snap up a bottle of vino – including English rosé. There’s no minimum order, and you can also support this small business by buying merch – great for showing off on video calls, if not on the street.

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Authentique Epicerie & Bar

Bars and pubs Wine bars Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park residents were already pretty lucky to have this wine bar and deli on their doorstep. Now, Authentique – which specialises in wine from the Francophone world – is delivering the goods, quite literally. As well as pastries, cheese and baguettes, it’s transporting wine orders of more than £50 for free to homes that are less than a 15-minute drive away. Bon appetit.

Furanxo

Bars and pubs Wine bars Dalston

‘Same-day delivery’ are the three magic words we all want to hear right now. Thanks, then, to Furanxo in Dalston, a gorgeous bodega stocked with Spanish produce that can be ordered (before 4pm) on the day for delivery within Hackney and Islington. Spanish wine and low-intervention options dominate here, so you’ll be sure to receive an interesting drop or two. And not only can you get some jamón chucked in with your wine order, but it also stocks vermut. Olé!

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Bottle Apostle

Shopping Off licences Clapham

With four branches across London (Clapham, Crouch End, Primrose Hill and Victoria Park) and a business already geared-up for delivery, Bottle Apostle is fit for your at-home needs wherever you are in the capital. Having said that, a surge in demand does mean wine drinkers may have up to a five-day wait on their hands for deliveries. Take solace in the fact that delivery is free-of-charge for orders of more than £99, and that the shops stock wines from all around the world and at various pricepoints – as well as six-packs from a handful of London breweries and a select line of craft spirits.

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