The Handbook
By Chris Zacharia | 13th May 2015

When it comes to a more sophisticated night on the town, you still can’t beat a good wine bar. And since London Wine Week (18 – 24 May) is coming up, you’ve got the perfect excuse. Whether it’s for that long-awaited catch-up or for that first date you’ve been looking forward to, here are some of London’s finest vino destinations:

Gordon’s Wine Bar


What: Sophisticated, intimate historic haunt
Where: 47 Villiers St, Embankment WC2N 6NE
Why: Wine bars are all about escapism, and few can offer the magic of Gordon’s, London’s oldest wine bar. Carved into the cave-like cellars of an atmospheric Victorian mansion, the candle-lit interior is full of character. But if you fancy seeing more of your date than just shadows, there’s a gorgeous outdoor terrace overlooking the Thames too. Charming!

The Wine Parlour

 Wine Parlour

What: Cosy, traditional drinking den
Where: 1 Vining Street, Brixton, London SW9 8QA
Why:  Brixton is fast becoming the home of London’s hottest nightlife, and The Wine Parlour might just be its best wine bar yet. Minimalist décor takes drinking wine back to basics, letting the superb vino shine through. And with only a handful of seats, the exclusive factor is high. Well, it is for Brixton.

The Alchemist


What: The ultimate city wine bar
Where: 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA
Why: Breathtaking mood-lighting, genuine Chesterfields and traditional parquet floors give The Alchemist an authentic vibe that’s hard to come by. But that’s only half of it: if you like vino as much as The Handbook, you’ll agree that the selection here is beyond enviable.  Three kinds of Pinot Grigio!? Sold.

W Lounge

W Lounfe

What: Super exclusive star-studded hotel bar
Where: 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
Why: Ever wanted to pretend you’re in a music video? Of course. Look no further than the W Lounge – the whole place looks like it was designed by Kanye. Wall-to-wall leather seating, a crack team of indulgence experts on the waiting staff, and only a few seconds away from the glamour of Leicester Sq – what’s not to love?

The Providores & Tapa Room


What: Expert-level wine extravaganza
Where: 109 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4RX
Why: If you’re a true wine lover (i.e. not just in it for the alcohol), you’ll thank us for introducing you to The Providores & Tapa Room. With the largest and finest list of New Zealand wine anywhere in UK, you’re bound to find something you truly adore.  We won’t even mention the excellent restaurant attached to it…