The time has finally arrived to welcome the addition of the Northern Line to the 24-hour tube service and what better way to celebrate than with a wine bar hop along it.
Unwined – Tooting Broadway
Absolute corker of a wine bar in Tooting Market – and they have a pop-up chef that changes on a regular basis. Their wines are selected for their story as well as taste and the menu offers suggestions on which food plates to sample them with. A great, friendly place with a buzzing atmosphere.
WC – Clapham Common
WC stands for Wine & Charcuterie and it’s situated in the old WCs right by Clapham Common station. This quirky wine bar serves by the glass, carafe or bottle and encourages you to pair it with their selection of cheese and cured meats. Head down on a Sunday or Monday evening to enjoy live music with your wine.
Humble Grape – Clapham Common
A short walk towards Clapham Junction from the Common is a wine shop and bar that I’d highly recommend dropping into on an evening. Wines by the bottle (or glass/carafe), there’s loads of choice and you can enjoy them with a good selection of tapas dishes. Visit on a Monday evening and you can enjoy wine in the bar at retail prices.
Gordon’s – Embankment
An institution, popular with both tourists and locals alike. Gordon’s is a firm favourite and a great place to visit 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.
Planet of the Grapes – Bank
In the heart of the city, POTG offers you the chance to select your wine from their shelves and pay £10 corkage to enjoy it in the bar – which makes it seriously worth while trying an expensive wine here! There’s a varied food menu that has something for everyone as well as wines by the glass if you don’t fancy a whole bottle.
Old Street – Edwin’s French Wine Bar
Edwin’s wine bar started life in 2007, situated in Lyon, France. In 2013 they relocated and opened Edwin’s in the trendy Shoreditch area, bringing with it a host of French wine knowledge and enthusiasm. A wine bar and importer they have a substantial wine list (all French of course) to choose from, and enjoy with lovely cheese and charcuterie. Alternatively their food menu looks sumptuous – all sourced either locally or from France if you fancy lining your stomach too.
Vagabond – Tottenham Court Road
Vagabond on Charlotte Street is a wine bar you can really get excited about. With over 100 wines to choose from, you can taste them all by using their fabulous tasting machines, or of course order a bottle. A few food options are on offer but it’s really all about the wine!
Tinto – Angel
A fab wine bar and kitchen near Angel, Tinto serves tapas style food with a big choice of wines. However, the best part is the blackboards where they put exclusive wines they only buy 5 cases off, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!
Searcy’s Champagne Bar – King’s Cross St. Pancras
Apparently Europe’s longest champagne bar, Searcy’s is a truly magnificent setting to enjoy a glass of bubbles. Situated within St. Pancras station, it overlooks the Eurostar terminal and offers great views of the stunning ceiling. They have also taken a leaf out of Bob Bob Ricards book and have a ‘press for champagne’ button on tables for those too far down the platform to grab the bars attention.
Trufflesecco – Camden Town
As it sounds, Trufflesecco specialises in Prosecco and Truffles. Inspired by bars in Florence, they have 7 different Prosecco’s on offer and also a couple of prosecco cocktails. As expected they have an excellent truffle inspired menu and even offer a truffle-infused grappa to finish of off your evening!