Linger at wine bars in central London
Whether you fancy a pre-dinner drink or a long, laid-back lunch, Frank’s at Maison Francois is the perfect place for wine lovers. Make your choice from around 40 wines or join Les Cochons Wine Club on every Monday at 5pm for a chance to try lesser-known tipples.
Grab a table beneath the atmospheric vaulted ceilings at Davy’s at St James’s, which is housed within a former champagne cellar. There are plenty of options here, with more than 40 wines by the glass, ranging from champagne and dessert wine to new and old-world vintages.
Enjoy al fresco wining and dining
Nothing can beat a refreshing glass of bubbly, a crisp white or a fruity rosé with a meal on a sunny day, so seek out one of the area’s al fresco eateries for a chance to relax, glass in hand.
A popular hangout for stylish locals and suit-clad regulars, Franco’s offers a large range of Italian wines from distinct regions, including an enviable choice of rosés. Alternatively, 45 Jermyn Street spans the globe with options from the old and new world, including a selection of English sparkling wines.
Visit a famous heritage wine shop in London
A must for any wine lover’s bucket list, long-running Berry Bros & Rudd at 63 Pall Mall is noted for its fine wine room that’s full of mature wines from some of the world’s most iconic producers. Chat to the knowledgeable staff for recommendations, sample weekly highlights from its Enomatic machine, and browse bottles from regions such as Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Relax at low-key wine spots
Or grab a few moments away from shopping by hiding away at Swan Bar within Maison Assouline – this tranquil cocktail bar provides the perfect space to flick through one of its stylish books while enjoying a glass of wine or champagne.
Pair wine with a picnic
Head to Fortnum & Mason to pick up one of its picnic hampers full of goodies or customise one of its famous wicker hampers to pair with a bottle of one of its branded wines or champagnes. Then, it’s time to venture to nearby St James’s Park and find a quiet patch among the trees to savour your selection – sip away as you unwind, but keep an eye out for the resident wildlife who are sure to be as excited about your picnic as you are.
Enjoy more wine-themed fun in St James’s with our guide to the ultimate wine and cheese evening in the neighbourhood, discover more al fresco eateries for summer days, or swap wine for spirits at these must-visit cocktail bars in central London.