Party Earth Review The rumored location of Prince Charles’ bachelor party and a favorite haunt for celebs from Madonna to Gwyneth Paltrow, Julie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a trendy hotspot since the late 1960s. Crisp white tables and a bar near the quaint façade belie the size of this place, for a jaunt downstairs reveals Julie’s is much ... more
135 Portland Road
London W11 4LW
Restaurant / Wine Bar
Party Earth Review No need to board a plane to travel the globe – London dwellers can just head to Vinoteca and revel in a booze-powered journey with hundreds of wines from all over the world. The combination wine shop, bar, and restaurant has been a big hit with a diverse mix of regulars since opening in 2005, catering to foodies, snooty ... more
7 St John Street
London EC1M 4AA
Party Earth Review Situated on a busy street just minutes from Trafalgar Square, Gordon’s Wine Bar is said to be one of the oldest wine bars in the world and a former haunt of luminaries like Rudyard Kipling and Sir Laurence Olivier. Despite its historic prestige and old-timey feel, the wine-only bar remains popular among young vino connoisseurs ... more
47 Villiers Street
London WC2N 6NE
Restaurant / Wine Bar
Party Earth Review Corney and Barrow at Monument is one of a dozen C&B branches that dot the City of London, providing an escape from the area’s banking bustle and access to a world of wine and sumptuous sharable plates. After descending several steps in the shadow of towering financial offices, patrons enter a stylish cellar where intimate ... more
London EC3M 1AB
French Restaurant / Lounge
Party Earth Review An elegant retreat for French-fusion cuisine and bubbling flutes of champagne, Café des Amis is a smart little restaurant and lounge in the heart of London’s theater district. Just north of the Royal Opera House – and right across from the Royal Ballet School – the bi-level venue attracts a variety of dapper theater-goers ... more
11-14 Hanover Place
London WC2E 9JP
Although it’s not a big wine growing city, London more than makes up for its lack of vineyards with the heavy amount of wine drinkers and the wine bars to accommodate them all over the city.
Sophisticated drinkers abound in London, so it’s no surprise to find a great many wine bars strewn throughout the city carrying the finest in California, French, Italian, Australian, and Spanish wines.
One of the best and possibly most famous wine bars in London is Gordon’s Wine Bar. This claustrophobic watering hole used to host famous patrons like Rudyard Kipling and Sir Laurence Olivier and claims to be one of the oldest wine bars in the world. In its present incarnation, the bar has been serving vino since 1890 and hasn’t slowed down since.
Another great place to drink, but also learn about wine in London is at Vinopolis. An interactive museum for adults, Vinopolis is a self-guided tour of wines from around the world with various tasting stations along the way. Read: take a cab home.
There are of course many more London wine bars to list, but know that they all have a few things in common. They make for great first date spots. They’re perfect if you want to just converse in a quiet spot with friends. And they’re a great excuse to tip one back in the middle of a tough day. No matter the reason, wine bars in London will provide you with endless options any day of the week.