Considered as London’s oldest wine bar, Gordon’s Wine Bar is a haven to vino lovers as this is the only drink available on the menu. Take your pick from the finest wines from the new and old world – red, white, rosé, port, sherry – they’ve got it.
The building dates back to the 1680s and was once the house of Samuel Pepys who is one of England’s prominent historical figures. Before the establishment of the wine bar in 1890, it served as the house’s cellar. It was flooded several times before the embankment was built on the Thames. Today, the darkened, candle-lit alcoves still provide that musky smell, giving a true sense of its age.
The place is almost always packed. And while this might lead you to think that it takes ages to order, the reality is quite the opposite. As soon as you descend the wobbly stairs, just head straight to the bar and forget about queuing. Make sure that you also keep an eye on your belongings as thieves are known to be about, especially if you sit in the dark areas.
Gordon’s Wine Bar can be typically ignored because of its “old” appearance but once you’ve been, you’ll surely come back for more.