London has got to be my favourite city on Earth. She is full of life and secrets, and, of course, plenty of wine! I love to go out and about and sample some of the food and beverage sites in London. Many are new to me, but many are places I revisit time and again. Here are some of my favourite food and drink spots in The Big Smoke!
Gordon’s Wine Bar
As someone with a blog called The Wine Sleuth you can imagine what my main focus might be. I am a big believer in the fact that winter truly is the best alcoholic beverage. I went to a posh pub crawl in central London recently, and they had plenty of lovely vino there. But, I’m going to share with you another of my favourite London hotspots – Gordon’s Wine Bar. This is, as its name might suggest, a wine bar situated a stone’s throw from Charing Cross. The interior is like a small, quaint tavern from days gone by. While the exterior terrace sprawls farther than you’d imagine to accommodate the patrons. It’s family owned and French managed, and it’s truly one of my favourite places in this great city. I’d recommend checking it out whether you’re after award-winning wines, or if you fancy sampling delicious hot and cold food.
London Bridge is one of those great places with so many treasures hidden away. It’s often just a case of looking for them. And one of the treasures that I’m going to share with you is Bedales. This is a tapas and wine bar situated in the famous Borough Market. Don’t worry it’s easy to find and perfectly laid out, but you might need to make a reservation. The thing I love about Bedales is that it is perfect for groups of friends socialising, or for an intimate date. And I have to say that the selection of wines they do in there is wonderful. There is a great choice and you might want to sample a couple of things on the menu. Tapas is a great accompaniment to the wine, but don’t feel like you have to eat while you’re there.
Yes, I’m being serious. You might think of The Shard as merely a tourist attraction. That big pointy building that pushes from London Bridge all the way up to the top of the London skyline. But, did you know that the building itself is home to all manner of restaurants and bars. One of the most popular of these bars is Aqua Shard. And you can find information on it by checking out http://www.gourmetguide.co.uk/. There’s a lovely Asian restaurant called Shangri-La and a New York inspired Oblix restaurant on the 32nd floor. There’s also a cocktail bar crammed in there somewhere. I would recommend a visit to The Shard even if wine is not your poison.
As a connoisseur of all things wine, I don’t need to explain how much I love London. There is so much to see and do for the tourist or seasoned local. And one of the best things about London is the fact that it has so much to offer in terms of food and drink. Stop looking at the city as simply a tourist hub, and start looking at it as the food and drink capital of Europe!