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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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Has wine become a lockdown hobby of yours? Yes, it can be a hobby – not just a means to an end on a Friday night down the pub with your colleagues (remember those?!).

Although bars and pubs were ordered to close again 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. Whether you’re selecting a nice natural wine (London’s big on it right now) or looking for a bargain, it’s bottoms up while staying squarely on your bottom. 

The best wine shops delivering to London homes

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Diogenes the Dog

Bars and pubs Wine bars Walworth

Walworth’s surprising wine bar is coming up with the goods in crisis mode, too, delivering within a six mile radius of SE17 via its all new online shop. The bar – which is now a deli and wine shop – can bundle up an order of interesting wines from all sorts of far-flung vineyards with the likes of fresh bread and posh deli goods. And it’ll have it to you ASAP. Residents further afield can expect wine within three working days.   

 

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 (is ‘slumped over my laptop at my at-home desk’ a 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 three-mile radius right now, and it’s same-day delivery from Tuesday to Saturday. Box clever.

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Shop Cuvée

Restaurants Cafés Highbury

Back at the start of Lockdown 1, Highbury’s bistro and wine bar Top Cuvée 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 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 the very next day and all over the UK (or within the same day for much of lucky north London).

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Salon

Restaurants Contemporary European Brixton

While the bottle shop nextdoor to sister restaurant Salon can’t throw its renowned wine and vinyl nights right now, those living near enough to Brixton can take advantage of Wednesday and Friday deliveries on natural, organic and artisan wines. The shop is also taking nationwide orders online. We’d recommend plumping for one of the curated cases. The entry level ‘fun bangers’ is a box of six accessible and affordable wines, or work your way up to ‘off the charts’ if you’re after some special occasion stuff.

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Passione Vino

While Lockdown 1 was all about Wine on Wheels for locals to Shoreditch wine bar Passione Vino, the second time around sees its service expand to next day delivery and nationwide. The web shop has a luscious range of Italian reds, whites, rosés and even orange wines. It’s also sending out monthly selection packs and even kits for those keen to join virtual wine tastings. Bravo! 

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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. For Lockdown 2, those in a seven-mile radius could even be slurping within the hour of making an order.

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Peckham Cellars

Restaurants British Peckham

Get in a round over £30 and have it delivered for free via south east London wine store du jour, Peckham Cellars. It’s offering same-day delivery to selected SE and SW postcodes when you put in an order online before 3pm. What we love most are the wine shop’s case deals, with ten percent off on wines bundled up by region or theme. Or buy by the single bottle – there are over 150 plonks to choose from.

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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.

Albertine

Bars and pubs Shepherd’s Bush

While Shepherd’s Bush regulars will be missing the warm buzz of this charming bistro, they can at least try and recreate the experience at home by ordering from its range of wines to suit all price points. They’re also delivering cheese, terrine and charcuterie to really upgrade Lockdown 2.0. Delivery is all across London and typically within 24 hours, and only for a small fee on orders under £100 (that detail is fairly relevant if you have a tendency to go OTT on the cheese anyway).

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Unwined in Tooting

Bars and pubs Wine bars Tooting

If you have no idea on where to start with your wine drinking, let sweet indie bar Unwined call the shots. The team behind two bars in Tooting and Waterloo are sending out curated cases of the grape stuff to fans looking to expand their drinking horizons from home. They bundle wines up according to the seasons and you can buy in threes, sixes and twelves (the more you buy, the bigger the discount). And if you want to learn even more, ordering one of their ‘home experience kits’ gets you access to a fun tutored tasting – oh, and it comes with snacks. What’s not to like?

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. Not only can you get some jamón chucked in with your wine order, but it also stocks vermut. Olé!

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The Sourcing Table

This new service launched in time for Lockdown 2 and came from London-based wine importer Indigo. It relies on expertise from sommelier Raj Parr and wine writer Jamie Goode, and aims to bring restaurant-level wines to your own dinner table, with a selection of 250 bottles to pick from. We love it for its ease of use: order by the bottle, shop by grape, price or style, or give yourself an education by selecting one of the website’s curated cases. Includes next day delivery. 

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