Square-mile-ophile: Top five wine bars in the City

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There are many things in this world that get better and more valuable with age. Antiques, cheese, George Cloony and, of course, wine.

And if, like me, you are a fan of vino, in all its various shades and strengths, then you will be pleased to hear that London’s boroughs are filled with wonderful places to quaff a glass or two.  

And the Square Mile, dear reader, is no exception. Because if you’re looking for a modern, sleek wine bar or something more traditional, you’ll find it all within the ancient boundaries of the City of London.

Here’s our pick of the bunch.

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map of the wine bars

1.       Steam Wine Bar: One St. Georges Lane, London EC3R 8DJ

A stone’s throw from Monument tube station, this classical wine bar was set up just under four years ago by Michael Fairbanks and Stephen Chenery. The seasoned hospitality professionals cut their teeth waiting tables in San Francisco and London. They have since endeavoured to create establishments that suited their clients’ tastes.

With their wine list lovingly curated by Fairbanks, the duo has hit the spot with this joint. Check out the Michael’s Selection for the proprietors favourites.

Steam holds great value wine tasting nights for the more tentative wine fans too.

Oh, and they happen to stock my favourite dessert wine, so big brownie points from me. (Elysium Black Muscat if you’re curious…)

2.       The Wine Tun, 2-6 Cannon Street, EC4M 6XX

 After the extensive wine selection it’s the stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral that pull the crowds to this City favourite. The Wine Tun is part of the Davy’s wine group that was established by Francis Edwin Davy in 1870.

Davy’s boasts of its unique relationship with the world’s finest wine makers and with five generations of partnerships who can argue with that?

3.       Jamie’s Wine Bar, 155 Bishopsgate, City of London, Greater London EC2N 3AR

It’s a classy affair at Jamie’s on Bishopsgate, with a vast terrace overlooking the buzz and mayhem of Liverpool Street and Spitalfields market. When the wintry chill draws you inside you’ll find a spacious room complete with a mezzanine and a wrought iron, spiral staircase.

The extensive wine list has a great selection of wines by the glass as well as the many by the bottle.

Oh, and here’s a tip, log onto the website and register your birthday and they’ll send you a bottle of Prosecco on your birthday!

4.       Willy’s Wine Bar, 107 Fenchurch St, City of London, London, Greater London EC3M 5JF

If it’s the traditional basement wine cave you seek then Willy’s is the one for you. The dark wood, mood lighting and cosy alcoves really give this place its charm. The barrel vaulted ceiling over the bar acts as a welcome reminder of why you came.

As well as being one of the Square Mile’s most established of quaffer’s, they also pride themselves on serving the best fish and chips in London.

Now I’ve never tried the mushy peas/ merlot combo before but I’m not afraid to try new things and you shouldn’t be either. But for those of you less inclined to mix the grape and the battered fish, there are more traditional platters available to enjoy with your bottle of red or white.

5.       Hemingways Wine Bar, 19 Bevis Marks  The City, London EC3A 7JA

A bright modern and fairly new addition to the City wine scene, Hemingways is a cosy little number hidden away from the bustle between Liverpool Street and Aldgate. According to our sources its house champagne – made in Kent no less – is really rather good.

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