The Best Wine Bars and Pubs in London

London is a thriving city with numerous tourist attractions and restaurants, museums, galleries, shops – the list is endless. English pubs are well known across the world and wine bars in London have started to become popular over recent years. Even if you had 3 months visiting the big city, it would be difficult to be able to go to every pub and wine bar so below is a selection of interesting wine bars and pubs to get you started:

Planet of the Grapes is a fantastic place to go to learn and taste through a diverse range of wines. They see themselves as a specialist wine and spirit shop with a shop in New Oxford Street and wine bars in Bow Lane and Leadenhall. Planet of the Grapes has a range of over 300 wines and on top of that offer wines by the glass. If you want to buy the wine in the wine bar to consumer on the premises all you need to do is add £10 to the retail price. Often you find that in restaurants they will charge twice or three times the retail price but here the prices are clear – just add £10 so a bottle of Louis Roederer NV Champagne is £35 retail and £45 to drink in the bar. They focus on wine but they have a tasty menu that changes each week.

Kensington Wine Rooms is perfect for an afternoon or evening meet. This is divided into a bar area in the front half of the restaurant consisting of a mixture of high and banquettes seating serving tapas-style bar snacks. Then towards the back there is a full dining restaurant. If you want to sample the wines (which I recommend you do) you will need to buy a card and top it up with  £5, £10, £15 – however much you’d like to spend in order to trial the wines. If you don’t use it up one your first visit, you can keep it until your second (providing you don’t leave it years in between!!) You use this card to then pay for the samples of wines you’d like to try. This can be as little as under £1.50 for the smallest sample depending on the wine to over £6 for a full glass. The price you pay depends on the wine you choose. Of course a Grand Cru Burgundy will cost more than a village wine from Provence.  They have a selection of 150 bins with 40 wines by the glass. In November 2010, Fulham Wine Rooms opened and similar to the Kensington Wine Rooms, is divided into a bar area and a restaurant with plenty of wines to try.

Gordon’s Wine Bar located just by Charring Cross station is steeped in history and is thought to be the oldest bar in London. It has been in its current form since 1890.  There’s a fantastic atmosphere here – with its dark corners lit by candle light and old wooden walls covered with newspaper cuttings and old photos. There is no music in the bar (so you’ll be able to hear each other without having to shout! and they focus on selling a list of interesting wines (including sherries, madeiras and ports all served from the barrel) and traditional pub grub which include homemade pies and a range of mature cheese.

The Anchor and Hope in Southwark, just by the tube offers some great British food. But make sure you book early (on the weekend) to avoid having to wait for a table as this gastro pub has become very popular over recent years. The Sunday roasts are delicious accompanies by a good wine list and real ales.

The Roebuck in Richmond is a fantastic watering hole if you have just been for a walk/ride in Richmond Park. Just a few hundred meters from the Richmond gate, this small pub offers great beer, friendly service and you can take your pint outside, across the road to enjoy the Thames’ panorama.

The Waterfront in Battersea is a must. It is a gastro pub with an excellent location, right on the Thames’ river front it is amongst a new luxury property development of many new London apartments and thus attracts a fairly upmarket clientele. The food is good, there is a wide selection of draught beers and the seating outside during summer is glorious. This is certainly not the cheapest pub in London but worth a visit nonetheless.

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