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London’s Best Wine List? Top 10 Wine Restaurants

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Don’t pop a cork, just admit: we’re not all oenophiles. As much as you think you’re a connoisseur of fine wines, put your faith in the sommeliers of London. They hold all the knowledge when it comes to choosing the best champagne, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, shiraz, riesling or zinfandel because they’re good pals with the winemarket. New World, Old World, out of this world; they will do you a service. The below list contains some of the finest restaurants in London to produce a healthy wine list. You can also find more info on this site about London’s champagne bars, wine bars, restaurants that serve wine by the glass.

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West End
Restaurant
Italian

Four to Eight is a contemporary Italian restaurant in Covent Garden where you can enjoy fresh food accompanied by superb wines in elegant surroundings. The dishes are the combination of the best ingredients available, simply prepared. Four to Eight is also a wine lovers' destination with a wine selection of 100 different wines to choose from, including 25 wines sold by the glass.

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Shoreditch
Restaurant
Italian

The Enoteca da Luca family has four restaurants in London, each with a different take on the Italian Enoteca (meaning local wine shop). In Italy, an Enoteca is a local hub, serving up the best ingredients and wine from the region. Like the traditional Enoteca, this one has been kept simple, focusing around the finest ingredients from Italy. The menu is inspired by seasonal produce and the most delicious meats, cheeses and Italian specialities. "Piccolo e bello" is the philosophy; small menu; small plates to share; and the small details. Unlike the menu, the wine list is extensive: You'll also find wines for every occasion and mood.

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West End
Restaurant
French

Terriors specialises in rare and biodynamic wines, that's where the vineyard plants with cycles of the moon or uses herbal sprays on the grapes. Nevermind that, though, because this wine bar is where wine buffs can get stuck into a brilliant selection with the guru-like staff. The house wines are quaffable and a bargain by the glass. Food - rustic, seasonal, inspired by France - is recommended, you can order a full dinner or just plates of curated charcuterie and cheese (you can curate cheese: dream career). Red wine, sour dough and lumps of oozing cheese: heaven.

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Shoreditch
Restaurant
French

The quirky wine list at this bright, airy restaurant in Hackney (just at the end of Columbia Road flower market) is filled with lots of natural, cloudy and esoteric wines (which are great by the way). The eye-wateringly long wine list that is broken up into regions that are, for the most part, all within a 3-hour flight from London; everything inclduing Loire, Rhone, Bourgogne, Jura, Pyrénées, Tuscany, Sicilia, Slovenia and Austria, plus a few wines from further afield. As with any half decent wine bar, expect to be £40 lighter after a few glasses of wine and some light, but earthy-flavoured food. This one's a bit of a treat for wine lovers.

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Kensington
Bar / Restaurant
European

Located in South Kensington, this stylish restaurant offers a menu of European classics, delivered with a unique and modern twist and complemented by an equally impressive wine selection. Diners can feast on sumptuous starters such as pork terrine with white grape reduction, seared foie gras on toasted brioche  or a zestful sea bass ceviche. Main courses range form slow-cooked dishes such as duck leg confit and beef bourguignon, to chargrilled octopus and seared orkney scallops. The 120 bin wine list covers a broad range of producers and grapes, with special emphasis on Old World varieties.

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Dulwich
Restaurant
British

A restaurant and wine shop based in East Dulwich, Toast offers an extensive wine list that accommodates all tastes and budgets. They have more than 200 wines and beers from local breweries and tend to focus on artisanal producers who work in a sustainable way. They have bulk wine on offer from four purpose-built tanks, as well as extremely rare vintages such as a vintage Chinon. Their food is firmly based on seasonal ingredients and is changed daily depending on the produce available on the day. They work on a small plates system, so you do get to try more variety of dishes.

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Barbican & Moorgate
Bar / Restaurant
Italian

Enoteca Rabezzana Italian restaurant is in the buzzing and vibrant area of Smithfield Market and brings to London more than 100 years of Italian wine history from the Piedmont region. The extensive wine list of 100+ wines includes some of Italy?s finest wines as well as popular classics like Prosecco, Chianti, Nero d?Avola, Barolo, Barbaresco, Pinot Grigio, Soave, Gavi, and Primitivo. Also, 25% of the wine list changes each month! Due to its proximity to the high net worth that works in the City of London, no wine is below £25 per bottle. The food menu is the special creation of their young Head Chef: a combination of his signature Italian tapas alongside traditional Italian dishes.

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