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Date: 30.09.11 Category:

“With barrel-loads of choice and experts on tap, London is a real corker for wine-lovers. And good wine doesn't need to break the bank.”

Relatively new to the scene, Bistro du Vin Soho (of the Hotel du Vin dynasty) have a wine-by-the-glass machine that's proving popular amongst London wine buffs. They have also recently opened the delicatessan-style La Cave au Fromage – ideal for picking up a selection of artisan cheeses to take home with you. Another newcomer, The 10 Cases, work on the principle that there will always be ten cases of ten different reds and ten different whites on offer. Even the most dedicated of wine lovers would struggle to taste them all…

For somewhere formal, Conran’s Lutyens off Fleet Street offers wines from the classic wine regions of France to the cutting edge of New World viticulture. If you require somewhere a little more low-key in the same area of London, you can head around the corner to 28º-50º where you can enjoy very reasonably priced wines by the glass in a relaxed setting. Serving up a fantastic selection of wines by the glass and keeping things rustic and convivial, is Vinoteca – also home to a wonderful wine shop where you can buy all of the wines available in the bar at very competitive prices.

L’Etranger has a fantastic wine shop and a wine list with over 1,000 bins; their wines can be found from countries as diverse as Brazil and Turkey, to the more established regions in France, Italy, Australia and The United States of America. And if you're looking to further develop your understanding of food and wine, book a place at one of Corrigan's  intimate wine dinners (the next one is actually this evening – 30th September, 2011) for a four-course meal with wine pairings led by a guest sommelier or industry expert.

For relaxed romance, clink glasses at Negozio Classica on the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove and escape into a world of wine-orientated, Italian charm. Or, if you are in the West End, Franco’s off Piccadilly offers 18 wines by the glass and has an exceptional list of rosés – perfect for the Indian summer we're currently experiencing. Or head to Le Caprice where, whether you're there for business or pleasure, you will be sure to have absolutely nothing to ‘wine’ about.

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Bistro Du Vin Soho

Bistro Du Vin Soho
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Bistro Du Vin Soho

Restaurant with bar

"This new bistro in Soho is another welcome addition to the Hotel du Vin group, with - unsurprisngly - a focus on fine wines."

36 Dean Street, London W1D 4PS

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The 10 Cases

The 10 Cases
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The 10 Cases

Restaurant with bar

"There are ten green bottles sitting on the bar. And if one green bottle should accidently fall? It will be replaced. Phew."

16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD

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Lutyens

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Lutyens

Restaurant

"A sophisticated, stylish offering from Conran and Prescott that might even tempt the journos back to Fleet Street."

85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE

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28º – 50º

28º – 50º

Restaurant

"Combining an impressive wine list with classic French food, 28-50 is certainly not one to 'wine' about."

140 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BT

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Vinoteca

Vinoteca

Restaurant with bar

"Vinoteca is an award-winning wine bar that serves over 25 wines by the glass and a seasonal British and European menu that..."

7 St John Street, London EC1M 4AA

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L'etranger

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L'etranger

Restaurant

"L'etranger offers an understated, low-lit, chic charm that renders its tables full most days of the week."

36 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4QT

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Corrigan's

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Corrigan's

Restaurant

"Simultaneously sophisticated and homely, with Corrigan's, Richard Corrigan has added another exceptional restaurant to his..."

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH

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Negozio Classica

Negozio Classica

Restaurant with bar

"A great date place, Negozia Classica is charming, relaxed and alluring, serving incredible wine and authentic Italian food in an..."

283 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

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Franco's

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Franco's

Restaurant

"From breakfast through to dinner via lunches and early evening drinks, Franco's is a favourite with Mayfair locals and others who..."

61 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6LX

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Le Caprice

Le Caprice

Restaurant

"A reliable, timeless classic, Le Caprice fits the bill at almost any time and for almost any occasion."

Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RJ

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