Dry January didn’t stand a chance. With a third lockdown stretching onwards – and the pubs facing the prospect of closure until May – sorting the home bar has rarely felt so necessary.
While few of us are likely to have a cellar to stock, filling the fridge with the good stuff is a matter of calling on the right people. Supermarkets shelves might, on the whole, be stacked with better wine than they used to be, but they’re still far from the best places to find something really special.
While, in person, wine shops can feel a little intimidating to head into – “What are you looking for?” feeling like a test of character, rather than an offer of help – the necessity of lockdown offers a little time to get to know your local specialist from the safety of your sofa.
Take advantage of the time to get to know what you like; mixed cases often make a great introduction into a variety of styles, but most of London’s top wine-sellers are also an affable lot, ready to answer questions and offer recommendations. Go on, give one a go – and happy drinking.
Quality Wines, Farringdon
The boozy outpost of Clerkenwell’s inimitable Quality Chop House offers its choice of brilliantly sourced wines for either local delivery or national shipping on Wednesdays and Fridays, though locals can pick-up an order on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The minimum spend is £24.50. If you’re after a little food to go with it, chef Nick Bramham has launched Arrosto, a roast chicken delivery service inspired by fondly remembered meals at a Neapolitan rotisserie.
88 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA, qualitywinesfarringdon.com
Bottles ‘N’ Jars
Which Wine When co-author Bert Blaize launched this wine shop and deli towards the tail end of last year. A careful choice of wine is offered, alongside Berto gin and vermouths, pre-mixed cocktails and a few bits to keep the kitchen cupboards interesting. Nationwide delivery is offered, but those close enough for click and collect might want to venture out: Bottles ‘N’ Jars sites beside Hexagon Classics, a vintage car showroom that counts Ferraris, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis among its collection.
82-92 Great North Road, N2 0NL, bottlesnjars.co.uk
The popular cheese and wine deli is known for offering wines from some of the top producers from across Europe. Provisions offer daily London delivery (free within six miles of the shop for orders over £75, with same day delivery offered for orders placed before 5pm) and nationwide shipping, as well the option to pick your order up. All the details are on the website, but the helpful team are available on email@example.com for any questions.
167 Holloway Road, N7 8LX, provisionslondon.co.uk
Vinoteca, Kings Cross
London’s OG collection of casual wine bars have an online shop featuring the same top quality classics and wines from under-the-radar regions that they pour in their bars across town. Put together a few of your favourites: shipping is free for orders over £150 or £12 otherwise, and signing up to become a member will land you some tasty discounts.
3 King's Boulevard, N1C 4BU, vinoteca.co.uk
Shop Cuvee, Finsbury Park
Top Cuvée’s bottle shop spin-off is slinging seasonal, natural wines from Finsbury Park, biking their cellar around London within 90 minutes of making an order, and offering free next day delivery across the UK Place your order online, or email for a touch of human interaction on firstname.lastname@example.org
189 Blackstock Road, N5 2LL, shopcuvee.com
Yield N16, Newington Green
Newington Green neighbourhood deli and wine shop is offering their biodynamic and minimal-intervention wine, craft beers, cheese, and charcuterie, as well as bread and eggs for daily pick-up between 10am-9pm. Delivery is available daily and within five miles during the same hours. National delivery is available too; email email@example.com for details.
Alliance House, 44/45 Newington Green, N16 9PX, yieldn16.com
The cavernous wine bar and merchant based under the arches of the Holborn Viaduct is back offering its well-sourced selection of independent and hard-to-find wines online; they’ve some serious bottles on offer, with sweet, fortified and orange wine alongside the usual red, whites and rosés. There’s cider too. For orders over £25, delivery is free within three miles of Farringdon bar, as well as its Deptford sister, with a £10 charge otherwise. Click and collect is available during the week from Farringdon and from the Deptford outpost from midday until 5pm on Saturdays.
41a Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AN (and 209 Deptford High Street SE8 3NT), thewinemakersclub.shop
Authentique Epicerie & Bar, Kentish Town
Explore every wine region of France, and pick up some charcuterie, cheese and a few French snacks while you’re at it. Orders over £50 for those within a 15 minute drive of the bar. Authentique also deliver nationwide; get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Buy 12 or more bottles for a 10 per cent discount.
114a-116 Fortess Road, NW5 2HL, authentique-epicerie.com
St. John, Smithfield
Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s much loved, Michelin-starred restaurant is delivering its fine stock of French wines as well as their excellent own-label red, white and rosé in three and 10-litre bags-in-a-box. There’s no minimum order, but a £15 delivery charge or free nationwide delivery for orders over £150, or three or more box wines.
26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY, stjohnrestaurant.com
Nestled in Canonbury, the small neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant is delivering from a short but thoughtful list of small batch wines, which changes often. There’s a minimum order of six bottles, with free delivery within 5km of the restaurant. Deliveries are made every day apart from Sundays, and same-day delivery is possible for orders made before noon.
93 Grosvenor Ave, N5 2NL, vinsrestaurant.co.uk
Mountgrove Bothy, Highbury
A ‘Bothy’ is a Scottish shelter, a safe house, a place to hunker down and hide from the elements. Fitting, then, that Highbury’s own Mountgrove Bothy is bringing liquid sustenance to its north London neighbours during this third lockdown. Rare and natural wines are a hallmark of this list; choose individual bottles or select mixed cases of three or six which can be delivered free within a one mile radius or with a small delivery charge for same-day drops via Uber further across London. No minimum spend.
90 Mountgrove Road, N5 2LT, themountgrovebothy.com
Rebellious Goods, Dalston
Rebellious Goods founders Terry Francis and Anni Bauer are on a mission to make natural wines more accessible. They’ve curated a list showcasing family wineries and artisan products, working directly with the producers and bringing their wines directly to the doors of east London and beyond. Orders can be picked up daily between 1-8pm, but £5 same day delivery is also offered across much of London for orders made before 5pm, usually delivered before 8pm.
8D Stamford Works, N16 8JH, rebelliousgoods.com
Passione Vino, Shoreditch
True to Italian form, Passione utilise a vespa for London delivery (we’re assuming they stick to a van for national orders). Passione’s choice of small, independent Italian producers is excellent; it’s almost impossible to buy a bad bottle from this place.
85 Leonard St, EC2A 4QS, passionevino.co.uk
Newcomer Wines, Dalston
This popular indie wine bar has more than 200 wines from across the globe to choose from, and is sending out orders once a week. Same day deliveries and local pick-up are now off the cards, but orders placed before 2pm on Wednesdaysare sent out for next day delivery.
5 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF, newcomerwines.com
P. Franco, Bright, and Peg via Noble Fine Liquor, London Fields
The East London holy trinity of P. Franco, Bright and Peg restaurants have stockpiled their favourite wines to sell online via Broadway Market bottle shop, Noble Fine Liquor. They specialise in naturals and low-intervention bottles to choose from, but offer mixed cases too. Same day delivery within a three mile radius of Bright is offered free for orders over £50 made before 3pm. Otherwise, shipping across the UK is £10 (but free on orders over £150).
27 Broadway Market, E8 4PH, noblefineliquor.co.uk
This Spanish Dalston grocery and wine shop sells wine from across the world, and delivers across the UK. Order via the online shop, pick up some aperitivo essentials like cheese and charcuterie, and add some brightly coloured tins of fish to recreate the authentic bodega experience in your own home. Delivering Tuesday – Saturday, order by 4pm for same-day drop off. No minimum order.
85 Dalston Lane, E8 2NG, furanxo.co.uk
The Dalston cocktail bar and late-night haunt is now selling wines, from “samurai” chardonnay to orange wine. Deliveries are made Wednesday – Saturday, and cover zones 1, 2 and 3. Same day delivery for orders placed before 2 pm.
428 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA, pamelabar.com
Forest Wines, Walthamstow
Specialising in natural and organic wines, like many east London spots this Forest Road shop promises something different from the high street usual. Free next-day delivery for E17 and E10 postcodes over £25, or a £8.95 charge for nationwide delivery. This January the shop is offering free delivery on all orders over £70, with the code JANUARYDELIVERY.
149 Forest Road, E17 6HE, forestwines.com
Angelina’s waiters swapped their trays for bikes, delivering wine, cocktails, and a limited food menu. Locals can call in their order on 0207 241 1851, or anyone further than a fifteen minute cycle away can place orders online via Deliveroo.
56 Dalston Lane, E8 3AH, angelina.london
Renegade Urban Winery, Bethnal Green
In usual times, Renegade are known for supplying the trade, meaning bottles bought here really are of restaurant-quality. They boast a hell of a delivery time, usually being able to drop off orders across London within the hour. Delivery is free and there’s no minimum order either. Free delivery is also available across the country – though not within the hour (!)
Burgess and Hall, Forest Gate
This spot is another to specialise in natural and low intervention wines from independent producers. For a little help with what to pick, email email@example.com and Rosamund and Paul will be on hand to help.
353 Winchelsea Road, E7 0AQ, burgessandhall.com
The team behind Brixton’s favourite “wine store next door” deliver their low-intervention #lockdownjuice for free across south London. They take a light-hearted approach to wine here, with their mixed cases of six cheerily named ‘Fun Bangers’, ‘Juicy Bangers’, ‘Strictly Bangers’ and more. Deliveries are dropped on South London doorsteps on Fridays, and can be sent on request for the rest of London and UK. Collection is available Tuesday – Sunday.
18 Market Row, SW9 8LD, salonwinestore.co.uk
Blackbook Winery, Battersea
This London urban winery based in Battersea produces boutique English wines from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, among others. Founders Sergio and Lynsey are currently offering free local delivery across SW8, SW4, SW9 and SW11, with free delivery available for orders over six bottles outside of that, with a no-contact “Door Drop” service available for anyone self-isolating.
Arch 41, London Stone Business Estate, SW8 3QR, blackbookwinery.com
Dynamic Vines, Bermondsey
Independent wine merchant with a focus on organic, biodynamic and low-intervention wines, Dynamic Vines are one of the top suppliers to London’s restaurants. They’re offering free delivery to anywhere in the UK on all orders over six bottles. Snap up a selection box of House Wines from £90, or choose your own selection from their list here. Locals can also pre-order and collect from their Bermondsey warehouse.
Unit 5, Discovery Business Park, SE16 4RA, dynamicvines.com
Diogenes the Dog, Elephant and Castle
Keeping the wine flowing in Elephant and Castle, Diogenes The Dog has their core wine list available via their online shop but it’s worth giving them a call on 02077035570 for recommendations. Deliveries within six miles of the bar are made daily within their trading hours (details on the website), but UK delivery is available too.
96 Rodney Rd, SE17 1BG, diogenesthedog.co.uk
Peckham Cellars, Peckham
Peckham Cellars is getting wine to the people of south east London via their all new Takeout Club. Delivery is free, with no minimum order, and the club operates across SE14, SE15, SE4, SE5, SE8, SE17, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE26, SW2, SW4, SW9 and SW12.
125 Queen's Road, SE15 2ND, peckhamcellars.co.uk
Bedales of Borough, Borough Market
The Borough Market wine bar’s wine shop offers an array of wines from independent producers across the world. No minimum order and delivery is free for orders over £150, £5 for orders over £80 and £9 for orders below £80. UK wide delivery is available within thee days. Be sure to take a peek at their fine and rare bottles, too.
5 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL, bedaleswines.com
Bar Douro, London Bridge
Bar Douro specialises in wines from all over Portugal, from the zesty and fresh whites of the Minho in the north to the warming and spicy reds of the Alentejo and everything in-between. Delivery is free for orders over £150.
35B, Arch, 85B Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ, bardouro.co.uk
40 Maltby Street, Bermondsey
Located in the warehouse of Gergovie wines, this modern European restaurant in Bermondsey is delivering natural and organic wine. Among other bits, there are seasonal wine boxes of six bottles from £130. For £9 (for up to 12 bottles), they’re aiming for overnight delivery to most addresses in the UK, but order before dispatch days (Tuesday and Thursday). Free deliveries on orders over £99 and 10 per cent off orders over £200.
40 Maltby Street, SE1 3PA, 40maltbystreet.com
The Wine Parlour, Brixton
The wine shop and bar in Brixton village is delivering across south London, selling lockdown cases with six bottles from £88. Bottles can be accompanied with the wine glasses and decanters they use in the bar, starting at £35 for a set of six glasses. There’s a minimum order of six bottles, with delivery rates from £5 to £10, depending on where they’re delivering, thought it’s free for order over £150.
1 & 3 Vining Street, SW9 8QA, thewineparlour.com
Ancestrel Wines, Bermondsey
Tucked under the arches of Bermondsey’s Spa Terminus, Ancestrel specialises in natural wines made by hand by farmers and grape growers of France, Italy, Spain and the USA. Cases start from £100 + delivery, though there’s 15 per cent off orders over £300 with discount code 15OFF. Bottles can be bought individually, and they’ve a good selection of cider as well. They also offer 10 per cent off first orders, and free delivery on orders over £50 using the code 50FREE.
Arch 9 Voyager Business Park, SE16 4RP, ancestrelwines.com
Specialist Cellars, Brixton
The specialism here is the New World, with a particularly good choice from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. First timers will get 10 per cent off their inaugural order, with their mixed cases starting from £38. They’ve a decent range of vegan, biodynamic and natural wines too.
Unit 2 The Viaduct, SW9 8PL, specialistcellars.co.uk
Humble Grape, Battersea, Canary Whard and Islington
Hand-crafted wines from small vineyards around the world, available for delivery across London, with free delivery on orders over £150. Keeping customers stocked in bottles they’ll love, wine manager Desiree is on hand for tips and recommendations on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SW11, E14 and N1, humblegrape.co.uk
161 Food + Drink, Sydenham
Neighbourhood wine shop and bar in Sydenham is doing free wine wine deliveries to all SE London postcodes. There’s no minimum order limit, but orders of six or twelve bottles will scoop discounts of 10% and 15% respectively. Use codes MILKROUND6 and MILKROUND12 at the checkout. Those outside SE postcodes and a handful of SW postcodes – details are on their website – sadly can’t use the codes, but UK-wide delivery is available at £10 for orders under 12 bottles (and free for more). Orders over £300 can get 15 per cent off with the code UKWIDE15.
161 Kirkdale, SE26 4QJ,161foodanddrink.com
Connaught Cellars, Marble Arch
Specialising in classic and traditional wines from some of the most highly respected winemakers across Italy and France, Connaught Cellars offers same day delivery is available within London, with nationwide deliveries available via courier.
8 Porchester Place, W2 2BS, connaughtwinecellars.com
One of London’s top wine emporiums, Hedonism Wines is operating deliveries as normal across London and beyond. Phone or email and one of their wine experts will be on hand with recommendations. Free delivery on orders over £200.
3-7 Davies Street, W1K 3LD, hedonism.co.uk
Abbotshill Wine Shop and Bar, Ealing
This independent wine shop and bar in west London is sending out deliveries of organic, biodynamic, vegan, and sustainable wines to those nearby. Simply email email@example.com for details.
20 St Mary's Road, W5 5ES, abbotshillwine.co.uk
Dvine Cellars, Clapham
A local favourite, Dvine Cellars is offering either individual bottles or cases of six from £65.10. There’s a five per cent discount on mixed cased of six wines, and 10 per cent off on mixed cases of 12. Cut-off for same-day deliveries is 1 pm, while minimum orders are £40.
1 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DQ, dvinecellars.com
This Tooting market spot, which has a sister in Waterloo sister bar, sells mixed boxes curated around a theme – for instance, new beginnings, seasonal stock-up or lockdown luxury, which are available in three, six or twelve bottle cases. Next day nationwide delivery is £5 or free for orders over 12 bottles.
Unit 16A Tooting Market, SW17 0SN, unwinedbars.co.uk
Albertine, Shepherd's Bush
Famous as the bar where the creators of EastEnders wrote the soap’s first script, each week Albertine puts together its own wine cases and bottles, available alongside charcuterie and cheese. Free delivery for orders over £100.
1 Wood Lane, W12 7DP, albertine.london