With the jubilee line being the 3rd addition to the night tube network this Friday, here’s some of the capital’s best wine bars along the line to sample this weekend – so whatever time you finish, there’s a speedy route back to the comfort of your own bed.
Davy’s at Canary Wharf (closed on Saturday’s)
This famous institution has a fabulous bar on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking the water. As expected from a Davy’s bar, the wine list here is rather extensive and there is certainly something for everyone. Always busy on a Friday evening, it’s worth reserving a table, but do note they are not open on a Saturday.
Vivat Bacchus – London Bridge
South African in origin, this is the second establishment for Vivat Bacchus situated right next to Hays Galleria. With a fabulous wine cellar, not only can you enjoy bottles that are not on the menu but you can also purchase wines to takeaway. They also have a fab list of special events from food and wine pairings to quizzes – so it’s worth checking out what’s on before heading down.
Bedales of Borough – London Bridge
Bedales is to be found in a gorgeous little corner of Borough market with a great selection of wines by the glass – many of which are exclusive to them. They only serve food sourced locally – usually from within Borough market (I mean why wouldn’t you?!) which means a continuously changing and varied menu.
Blackfriars Wine Bar – Southwark
Situated in the old railway arches, Blackfriar’s Wine Bar is a hidden gem. Very popular during the week (especially early evening), they have only just started opening on Saturday’s – but this is yet to be discovered by many. A fab wine list and their £6.50 pizza deal on a Monday is a steel.
Gordon’s Wine Bar – Waterloo (short walk across the bridge to Embankment)
A 10-minute walk across the bridge from Waterloo is the infamous Gordon’s Wine Bar. A firm favourite in the summer due to the huge array of outside seating, it is also worth visiting in the colder months as it’s super cosy inside – as long as you have a bit of patience when it comes to waiting for a table!
The Wine Bar at Fortnum & Mason – Green Park
Placed within the food court in the basement of Fortnum & Mason, The Wine Bar is a welcome hub of tranquillity away from the hoards of tourists and shoppers. Stop in for a wine flight – there are 6 to choose from, or select a bottle from the extensive wine department and enjoy here for a £15 corkage fee.
Fino’s Wine Cellar – Green Park/Bond Street (closed on Saturdays)
Fino’s opened in 1971 so is an established player on the wine bar scene, but don’t be put off by its longevity, this is merely a reflection of how well it has moved with the times. A constant buzz of atmosphere in the evenings, it’s a firm favourite with local businesses but always ready to welcome newcomers into the fold.
Vinoteca, Marylebone – Bond Street
With 5 bars across the capital, Vinoteca is certainly becoming more well-known and so it should be. In their own words, “inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy” they carefully match glorious food with wine, and with 25 wines by the glass to choose from, you’ll probably find yourself there longer than anticipated.
28°-50° Marylebone Lane – Bond Street
There are 3 of these bars situated around London, and the Marylebone branch is every inch as special as its sister establishments. The proprietors certainly know how to draw out the crowds with some great offers and events such as bottomless Champagne with any main meal on a Saturday (£20) and on a Monday they open selected wines to try by the glass for incredible prices.
The Arches Wine Bar – Swiss Cottage
Very popular with locals, this wine bar is an attack of the senses when stepping inside. But once you’ve settled in and got used to the chaotic surroundings, a great wine list speaks for itself and you can easily find yourself still here 5 hours later. Luckily they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, so all your needs are catered for.