With London Wine Week in full swing, here are some of the top wine bars and some of the best restaurants in London to visit if you can’t make the city-wide celebration.
Most restaurants have a wine list, but some have more enviable wine cellars than others. Bookatable has carefully selected some of the best wine spots to visit all-year round – encouraging Londoners to go out and explore what the restaurants on their doorstep have to offer.
Andaz London Hotel
If you’re Central, this hotel is a haven for wine and cheese lovers, 1901 Wine Lounge in the Andaz London Hotel, just seconds from Liverpool Street.
Head to the Andaz London Hotel’s 1901 Wine Lounge to browse the list of over 160 wines, which spans the globe and a plethora of grape varieties. Wine’s not the only thing on the menu, though – expect to pair a glass or two with a range of small plates, like the beef bourguignon, arancini, and venison sliders with bacon jam and blue cheese, or sharing boards, featuring an array of cheeses from Androuet at Old Spitalfields Market, and Italian cured meats.
Davy’s Wine Vaults
In the South-east? If you’d rather enjoy a glass or two outside, head to Davy’s Wine Vaults – a two-minute walk from Greenwich Train Station and DLR – which offers al fresco dining, an extensive range of vintages, and live music on a Sunday.
Embrace London Wine Week fully this year by booking a table at Davy’s Wine Vaults, where a sommelier will guide you through its hundreds of alluring world wines. Again, this restaurant offers more than wine – tuck into duck pate with toasted sourdough bread and pickled cucumber, or deep-fried goat’s cheese with beetroot and orange blossom honey as a starter. Go for gold with chargrilled steaks and fish and triple-cooked chips or wild mushroom risotto for your main.
Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon
If you’re looking for an international twist in North London, head to Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon where you’ll be given the choice of over 100 bottles to choose from including old and new world wines with an emphasis on South African producers.
This restaurant is a celebration of rustic, robust food, artisan cheeses and great wines. It’s a key player in the wine and cheese game in London, but also known for daily sourced, quality seasonal ingredients from highly regarded producers. Expect to see pan-seared fillets of Mediterranean gilt-head ham and sautéed forest mushrooms on toasted sourdough on the menu. The décor is ideal for London Wine Week – it’s slightly industrial feel with open ceilings, exposed pipes and ducts creates the feeling of being in a working winery
Book a table at East London Italian-themed haven, Rotorino, on the bustling Kingsland Road, a five-minute walk from Haggerston Station, for a sleek southern Italian feast and an outstanding range of Italian and international wines selected by Ruth Spivey of Street Vin.
From the acclaimed team behind Dock Kitchen, Rotorino brings rustic Mediterranean cuisine to East London. You’ll be spoiled for choice here – the menu spans everything from cured and wood-grilled meats, to fresh, decadent pasta. Enjoy the hanger steak with Calabrian chilli sauce, or just enjoy one of the many choices of house wine featured on ‘Rotovino’, the restaurant’s extensive wine list. The interiors are Instagram-worthy too – the nautical decorations, the effervescent blues and sultry caramels of the tiling and seating, and the atmospheric low-hanging lamps are instantly eye-catching!
May The Fifteenth
If you’re wanting to enjoy a glass or two of wine sourced from small producers in a wonderfully charming bistro, then Clapham South’s May The Fifteenth is the place you need to go this week in South West London
The wine selection at May The Fifteenth is a real highlight. Formerly named The Abbeville, the restaurant and wine bar changes its creative menu every day. Expect bold European flavours starting with small plates like grilled carrots, dandelion, cobnuts and ricotta, pork and prune terrine and Cornish Jack crab with chips and mayo. Desserts are given gourmet makeovers, including a chocolate pot with shortbread, and buttermilk pudding with poached pear, damson and hazelnuts.
Picture in Marylebone
Looking for forward-thinking, experimental dishes that are excellent value for money to accompany your wine? Picture in Marylebone (West London) is the place to go this week.
Sister of the Bib Gourmand-winning Fitzrovia site, Picture Marylebone is a charming neighbourhood restaurant found moments from the well-heeled high street. This independent opening comes from trio Tom, Alan and Colin, who spent many years working together in Michelin-starred restaurants. It promises an extensive wine list, and experimental dishes including young chicken with mushrooms and kale, or charred cauliflower with sea purslane, peas and shallots. Expect to see desserts like almond cake with apricot and frozen lemon-thyme yoghurt.
If you have a taste for wine, do browse our round-up of some of the best British wines