A tiny Spanish bar tucked away in a courtyard near King’s Cross station. The 15 sherries span all styles and tastes, and there are unfortified Spanish wines too. 3 Varnishers Yard, N1 9FD. King’s Cross.
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A score of excellent wines are sold by the glass or bottle, at a flat rate mark up of £20 per bottle – which, paradoxically, makes the more expensive wines better value. 193 Hackney Rd, E2 8JL. Hoxton Overground.
This ‘vin naturel’ specialist sells very affordable wines dispensed from taps on the stainless steel tanks – £3 for a great southern Rhône blend is a steal. 36-38 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HJ. East Dulwich rail.
With a wine list that’s mostly Italian and French, there’s plenty of choice by the glass or carafe at this attractive resto-cum-wine bar in a well-heeled neighbourhood. 152 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 0BE. Gloucester Rd.
Almost deliberately obscure, this Fitzrovia wine bar’s list covers lesser-known regions, grapes and styles of wines, but the staff can guide you to what you’re likely to enjoy. 124 Cleveland St, W1T 6PG. Warren St.
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