You might think London is just about pubs with strong British ales and ciders, but a city as cosmopolitan as London is as good for beer as it is for wine. London’s wine bars have something for everyone, in fact. The best wine bars make the city as interesting as any other wine destination. And with a wide variety of choices and diversity in the wine world, London’s wine bars can match just about any taste. Here are 5 of our favorites, as curated from this list of the Top 10 Best Wine Bars in London on EatingLondonTours.co.uk.
Cork and Bottle
44-46 Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7AN (near Leicester Square)
This bar has some serious character – it’s practically bursting with personality! Located near London’s best theatres, many patrons at Cork and Bottle are here for a glass of vino pre- (or post-) show. Located in an underground basement, the bar isn’t short of personality and the selection to choose from might just make you late for your show!
3 Varnishers Yard, City of London, N1 9DF
This Andalucian-themed bar in Pentonville focuses its wine selection on Spanish sherries—it’s specialty. The wine bar is tiny (just like they are in Spain), so some of the overspill ends up in the bar’s sister restaurant, Camino. Enjoy some authentic tapas while you’re here to soak up the wine.
Copa de Cava
33 Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EP, United Kingdom
If you’re in the mood for Spanish wines, why not try the UK’s first bar dedicated entirely to cava? This bar lays claim to having the largest selection of cavas in London, with 25 different varieties including bruts, reserva and grand reserva cavas. These wines are best served with seafood, so it’s no surprise that their menu has everything from razor clams (yummy!) to other Spanish specialties.
Willy’s Wine Bar
107 Fenchurch Buildings, London EC3M 5JF
With a name as casual as this, you might expect the wine bar to be of a lesser quality. But don’t let the name fool you! With a huge range of red and white wines, Willy’s Wine Bar on Fenchurch Street claims to have some of London’s best fish and chips. They’ve got an extensive menu of English traditional foods as well, so if fried foods aren’t your thing, you won’t be spoilt for choice.
4, Kingly St, London W1B 5PE
This is the wine place for you if you’re a true wine connoisseur. In Soho, this wine bar and independent restaurant is the unofficial clubhouse for London’s local wine traders. A top-rated bar, there are over 200 different types of wine to choose from.