12 of the Best Places to Drink Wine in London

Brunswick House, Vauxhall, Dining Room

For the Wine Lover, which are the best places to drink in London?

An epic wine list, rebellious “by the glass” pours, fair prices and delicious bar snacks; these are the things wine-lovers dream of when selecting a wine bar or restaurant to drink wine on any given night in London.

To drink great wine in London, get off of the beaten track

Being relatively new to London, I am still learning the ropes of where (and where not) to go for an evening of wine-drinking. I have made all the classic mistakes; thinking I can judge an establishment by the way it looks and ordering the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. It only takes a few dismal nights of drinking oxidized rosé out of a goblet in a standing room only pub to realize recommendations should be sought from trusted sources. Though various London publications have offered a helpful bit of navigation, my favourite wine-drinking spots are mainly off the beaten track suggestions from friends in the wine trade.

Insider Tips: The best wine bars and restaurants in London to drink great wine

So, in the spirit of drinking good wine in cool establishments, I asked a few of them to name their favourite clubhouse. Consider these suggestions for your next wine night so you don’t end up up Jacob’s Creek without a paddle.

Jaime Goode, Wine Journalist at www.wineanorak.com


124 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6PG

“I love this place- it’s small, it’s pretty central, and it’s friendly. The wine list is one of London’s best – chock full of interesting bottles. Eclectic, well-chosen and reasonably priced.”


Michael Sager-Wilde, Owner at Sager and Wilde and Mission E2


181 Clarence Road, Clapton E5 8EE

Great neighbourhood spot in Clapton with amazing food.


49 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

Our closest neighbour here right on Columbia Road and they have a great selection of natural wine by the bottle.


Frances Adams, London Account Manager at Bibendum


53-55 Beak Street, Soho London W1F 9SH

“Wine Shop Monday at Vinoteca quickly earned the Soho icon a place in my heart when I moved to the capital two years ago. Expect to walk in gasping for a glass of something easy because ‘oh god, Monday’ and wander out, slightly dazed somewhat later than planned, with a new appreciation for the glory that is Amontillado and Catalan almonds.”

Vinoteca Soho

Iain Johnstone, Fine Wine Buyer at FINE+RARE


Lassco Ropewalk Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA

“Jamon, jamon. Tucked away at the end of the ropewalk. Nice small but interesting Sherry list, very reasonably priced. Very serviceable tapas, of which the ham is the undoubted star of the show, just watch for drips from above if they forget to cap all the hams!”


Igor Sotric, Head Sommelier at China Tang in the Dorchester Hotel

140 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BT
15-17 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NE
17-19 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QH

“My favourite place for glass of wine is 28-50, wine shop and restaurants because of great selection of wines, different sizes of glass pour and friendly staff.”


Craig Norton, Wine Sales Manager at FINE+RARE


182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW

“One of our favourite restaurants of last year and a continued haunt for F+R staff. Unique setting – Paris in 1950s, traditional, rich, classic French cooking, great wine list with corkage-friendly management, and incredible, charismatic owner, Otto. The kind of place we drink Coche Dury on a Tuesday evening.”


184 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

“F+R favourite. Great food, well-priced, welcoming, informal environment, corkage friendly. Italian classics, executed simply and to match with great wines. Good Italian list too.”


Tom Ottey, Wine Geek at Humble Grape


341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

“For me this is the most exciting restaurant I’ve found in London over the last ten years. And it has a really interesting selection of Israeli wines that pair beautifully with the eclectic cuisine.”


Emily Acha Derrington, Wine Marketing Events and PR at FINE+RARE


30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall SW8 2LG

“Not your usual gastronomic outing – a very cool and quirky hidden gem run by Jackson in an imposing Georgian mansion a couple of minutes’ walk from Vauxhall tube.  Although not celebrated for its restaurant scene, Brunswick house alone makes Vauxhall worth the trip; you’ll be rewarded with impeccable cooking, using only the freshest seasonal produce, a fantastic wine list that will satisfy the most discerning palate and such friendly service that you’ll want to go back the following week. Mention your love of wine to Jackson and he might even let you choose a bottle from his own personal cellar – if you’re nice!”


Finally, my picks:


250 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE

“To me, Mission E2 is the perfect trifecta – great food, wine and atmosphere. The wine list is geared towards those who wish to explore California and the selection successfully shows the diversity of the region. There is also an eclectic mix of old world wines and some old vintages. Overall l this is a fun spot for wine, food and discovery.”


1107 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0NP

“This is a tiny wine shop with a nice selection of esoteric wines if you feel like trying something new. You can take a seat at the large social table and open your wine in the shop (for a modest corkage fee) or drink a glass of what they have open. There is also cheese for snacking and ample passing neighbourhood customers who seem to come in for both the wine and the chit-chat.”


Top image courtesy of Brunswick House. Centre Image:Vinoteca Soho