London is a city steeped in culture, history, cosmopolitanism, sensational wining, dining and shopping opportunities and some thoroughly unique wine merchants. Whatever your reason for visiting London if you consider yourself among the wine-loving fraternity , it would be worth dedicating some time to visit some of the capital’s leading wine shops.
If the prospect of spending an afternoon sampling wine of the finest order in equally as exquisite surroundings sounds appealing then take a look at three of the best wine merchants in London.
Handford, Old Brampton Road, South Kensignton
Heading to South Kensignton to begin your mission to discover the very best of London’s wine merchants at Handford’s would definitely be a good place to start.
This atmospheric shop used to be the home of the iconic La Vigneronne wine merchant. If you like a drop of Portuguese and Italian wine then at Handford’s you’re in for a treat. Likewise, wine from South Africa is particularly dominant at this Old Brompton Road wine merchant.
O W Loeb, Archie Street, Waterloo
If German wine is more your type of tipple then make your way to O W Loeb on Archie Street in Waterloo. Asides its exceptional German wine, much of O W Loeb’s popularity stems from its friendly and highly knowledgeable staff. It is the combination of world-class wine and top-notch customer service that’s earned O W Loeb its well-warranted flock of loyal customers.
Berry Bros & Rudd, St James’s Street, Piccadilly Circus
Until fairly recently if you’d walked into Berry Bros & Rudd you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into a lawyer’s foyer as there were no bottles on display.
Customers would simply sit down and discuss their requirements with a member of staff. This is still very much the process at this exclusive wine shop, although there are now a handful of bottles on display that provides insight into what this characterful shop actually is. Don’t be fooled by the comparatively small assemblage at the front of the house as there’s a 2500+ collection out the back. This delightful London wine shop specialises in all the classic European wine regions.
So before you’re in such a rush to head to Paris, Bordeaux, Tuscany or Valencia for your exclusive wine sampling fix, you may find what you’re looking for on home soil, here in London.