The London Wine Week Hub

They’ll be transforming their urban oasis into a wine-filled garden where you can kick back and bask in sunshine with a cold glass of something delicious in the shadow of the Shard.

The newest foodie hub in Bankside, Flat Iron Square is home to a tantalising line-up of bars, food vendors, restaurants, street food trucks, outdoor space and a live music venue. From Tuesday to Sunday of LWW you’ll find us in their garden – a partially covered yard with feasting tables, it’s own cabin and easy access to the Food Arch where we’ll be recommending pairings to all the wonderful wine partners who’ll be joining us.

So what’s happening in the hub? 
For starters, Loire Valley Wines will be serving up one of their region’s most iconic varieties at the ‘Muscadet Truck’. 

Freixenet will be looking after your rosé cravings with its Vintage Van serving up pink fizz – WOO!

Pol Roger is parking up in a land rover to serve jeroboams of Champagne alongside a vast selection of their still wines. 

Or… start your evening with a refreshing glass of this summer’s must-have aperitif – white port and tonic – from Graham’s. Yum.

Onsite wine bar Tap & Bottle will be handing over the keys to iconic merchants Berry Bros. and Rudd for the Tuesday and Wednesday evening for their first ever pop-up wine bar, then come Thursday you can retreat from the outside world and make it your first port of call for a LWW £5 flight.

Friday night we’ll see the regal return of the Rogue Terrace – bringing those Fri-YAY vibes they’ll have DJs spinning vinyl all weekend and lashings of vermouth for you to quaff.

And if you’re looking for a place to catch the Royal Wedding… the London Wine Week Hub will be the place to be. We’ll be celebrating the royal couplee with a screening of the nuptials, a dedicated menu of fizz and cake, and a good old fashioned knees up through till the evening.

The Hub is open to all and free to attend throughout the week howeverFestival Pass holders will benefit from a discounted price point of wines starting from just £5. 


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Got your wristband strapped on and your app downloaded with all the bars? Here’s how to get the most out of London Wine Week, day-by-day.


Kick off LWW in style and unleash your inner sommelier at a fun pairing dinner with WSET. Put yourself in the hands of WSET’s wine experts and dine on a meal of beautifully crafted Thai cuisine whilst learning how the major flavours in your food affect your enjoyment of wine and break down the skill of deciphering a wine list. Grab a ticket here.


Head over to Devonshire Square after work to pick up your festival pass and explore all the fantastic wine pop-ups. You’ll see the Freixenet Vintage Van, serving its brand new prosecco as well as the Viva Portugal Bar celebrating all wines Portugese, the Container Bar from Wines of Argentina channeling Latin American vibes and the Vins de Provence Pop-Up pouring delicious rose wines from the south of France. Once your done sipping here head out to explore the serving wine flights and sip + snack pairings. 


Wednesday night is all about the bars! Pick an area and plan your evening around what you’d like to sip on and don’t forget to include a sip + snack to keep you going. Why not head to the and try wines paied with artisanal cheeses and meat at Searcys at The Gherkin, a Spanish wine flight at Humble Grape Fleet Street, fried oysters and Reisling at Hawksmoor Guildhall or (and?) a trio of white and red wines and little-known grapes from Slovenia, Croatia and Lebanon at Bread Street Kitchen. And that’s just one area! 


Start your Thursday off with free glass of fizz at Honest Grapes Unfiltered pop-up inside Oliver Sweeney’s flagship store in Covent Garden. Simply flash your festival pass for your freebie and you’ll also get a goodie bag to take home. They’ll also have a selection of their favourite wines to try, buy and discuss as you meet the Honest Grapes team in-person and on tour. Once you’ve had your complimentary aperitif we’ve got two dinners tonight for you to pick from. 

Treat yourself to a beautiful Champagne dinner with Pol Roger as they serve up a number of vintages in magnums, jeroboams and methuselahs all paired with a dish from The Beast menu, offering guests a unique gastronomic experience, featuring Norwegian King Crab and hand-selected dry-aged Nebraskan Angus Beef. Grab a ticket here.

Alternatively head over to Vintoteca Marylebone for a #Loiremoments evening and be transported to the beauty of rural France, joining Loire Valley Wines at for a food and wine pairing, starting with Muscadet, and moving through Saumur, Chinon, Vouvray, Touraine and Crémant de Loire. Book yourself in here. 


It’s the weekend and time to head to The Wine Edit! Tonight and all day tomorrow we’re taking over this warehouse space and building a giant vineyard comeplete with four wine bars pouring Ribera Del Duero, Loire Valley Wines, Sherry from Jerez and Port as well as a Rogue Terrace serving vermouth cocktails al fresco.

If you’re coming to The Wine Edit tomorrow then spend your Friday night drinking fino sherry straight from the barrels (or an ice cold “Cervezas” on tap) with two set of DJ’s at SACK Bar’s Sherry Disco Fever. 


Regal Rogue aperitifs, pastries, fresh fruits, coconut soy mushrooms, miso aubergines, baked eggs & crisp halloumi – brunch is served. Get yourself into the Ultimate Rogue Brunch to feast and make merry before spending the afternoon in the Wine Edit (which your ticket includes!). 

Came to The Edit last night? Then head on over to King’s Cross where Wine Car Boot is taking over for the day. Local wine merchants from across London rock up with their current favourite wines and you get to taste them, buy them, drink them right then and there or take them home and enjoy whenever you fancy.


Round off the London Wine Week festivities with a spectacular Sunday brunch as wine-expert Lindsay Oram hosts a bespoke Loire Valley Wines meal on Sager+Wilde’s mezzanine on Paradise Row. Get yourself a spot at the table here. 


London Wine Week returns with tastings, parties and good value vino

Grape news, vino fans. London Wine Week is back. The capital’s annual celebration of all things vinous is making a return this June, and it looks like it could be quite a corker. Running from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 June, London Wine Week will give the capital’s oenophiles the chance to explore, taste and match wines at special events all over town, as well as to drink the good stuff for significantly less than normal. More than 100 bars will be offering London Wine Week flights, giving three taster-size glasses for a bargainous fiver.

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10 best London wine bars to try something new by the glass

Bored of bland wine lists? Want to try something new but don’t know where to begin? Tired of coughing up for an expensive bottle you don’t enjoy? Here’s a London wine bar guide to help you broaden your horizons.

These are the guys breaking the mould with intrepid wine lists, bold advice and by-the-glass tastings that won’t break the bank.

Something for everyone: Noble Rot, Bloomsbury

Wine by the glass: Top 10 London wine bars try something new

Can we pour you a glass? The team at Noble Rot on Lamb’s Conduit Street.

Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar in Bloomsbury is something of an institution for wine lovers. Their wine list, which won Wine List Of The Year at the 2017 and 2016 National Restaurant Awards, is a thing to behold. Delve into it for an education into the world’s main grape varieties that turns preconceptions on their head, touting Chardonnay as the ‘world’s greatest white wine’, and pinot noir as the ‘heartbreak grape’. Their extensive by-the-glass list varies wildly in price from about £7 to £80 so there’s something for every budget. Follow @noblerotbar for some extra-curricular swotting.

Carefully curated: Nuala, Old Street

Wine by the glass: Top 10 London wine bars try something new

Enjoy a feast with your wine at Nuala.

The new London wine bar on the block, Nuala, is an open-fire restaurant just off Old Street with a killer wine list that make it worth visiting just for that. Curated by sommelier Honey Spencer, previously of Noma Mexico and Sager & Wilde in East London, the wines are an eclectic mix of cult classics as well as an exploration into new wine regions from Slovenia to Austria, Greece to the Czech Republic.

“Many of these wines are naturally lighter and lower in alcohol with new and exciting flavours. Guests come in to try something new, which is amazing for us. It really feels like we’re offering something different.” says Honey. Follow @honeyspencer_ for plenty more wine inspo.

Go wild for natural wine:

P. Franco, Lower Clapton, Ducksoup, Soho and The Little Duck Picklery, Dalston

Wine by the glass: Top 10 London wine bars try something new

Handpicked wines at Ducksoup, Soho. Photo: Kristin Perers

A neighbourhood wine shop-cum-bar, P. Franco in Hackney has earned its stripes as one of the best places to try wine in London. Natural wines is their thing, and with an ever-changing rotation of reds, whites and orange wines by-the-glass, go prepared for a glass of something unexpected. Phil Bracey is the guy in charge, and is always about to give advice. “In essence, we just want people to have fun when they visit us. Come in for a glass, a bottle, a snack or a meal. There is no formality to it”.

Ducksoup in Soho and sister-restaurant The Little Duck Picklery in Dalston do a similar thing by offering wines from a few trusted importers as well as some they personally import themselves. Rory McCoy manages the whole process; “these wines sit well outside conventional wine-making, so rather than the regular whites and reds, we offer a range of sparkling, oranges and rosés. There’s such a scope of colours and flavours – it’s impossible not to try something new.”

Best in British: London Cru, Fulham and Roast, Borough Market

Wine by the glass: Top 10 London wine bars try something new

Albemarle St Albarino anyone? Made from grapes pressed in London’s first winery, London Cru.

UK wines have been enjoying a renaissance in the past decade, with more winemakers cropping up with new, award-winning vintages. For something close to home, London Cru are good place to start. A true purveyor of London wine, they produce all their wines in Fulham using a mixture of European and English grapes. Their fresh, floral Baker St. Bacchus hails from Bacchus grapes grown in Essex and Kent, and is as good an intro as any to English white wine.

Check out their sister online company, Roberson Wines, who run regular, affordable at the London Cru winery. You’ll find most high-end restaurants around London offer at least one sparkling English wine, while Noble Rot (see above) offer a good selection too, but if you fancy a go at English reds, whites and rosés, head to Roast restaurant at Borough Market. Or find out how English winemakers are breaking the mould here.  

Self serve: The rise of enomatic machine:

Vagabond Wines, various locations, Kensington Wine Rooms and Hedonism Wines, Mayfair

Wine by the glass: Top 10 London wine bars try something new

Take your pick at Vagabond Wines.

On a mission “to break down barriers within the wine world”, Vagabond’s by-the-glass self-service machines are all about showcasing small, indie winemakers and undiscovered wine regions with a choice of about 100 wines to try at any one time. As a London wine with six locations across the capital, they’re one of the most accessible places to visit too.

“We want to help our customers try good value wine while giving lesser-known regions a chance to shine. There are some really good wines out there – we’re loving the wines coming from Washington state in the US. This summer, we’ll be putting more focus on new rosés, showing off sub-regions, like Rioja and Penedès from Spain, and launching our first vintage of Vagabond English Pinot Noir rosé from our new urban winery in Battersea Power Station”, says Managing Director, Stephen Finch.

Enomatic machines that allow you to sample as many wines as you like at a small price make it an affordable way to try undiscovered vintages without breaking the bank (money is loaded up on a card so you can spend as you go) and the trend towards self-service wine bars is growing.

Check out Kensington Wine Rooms who offer an extensive, well-curated list of classic and newcomer wines to try, as well as affordable tastings. Hedonism in Mayfair is more pricey but great if you’re looking for a drop-in tasting that’s a little more niche.

Going out? Try London’s best sustainable cocktail bars and cosy pubs and restaurants.

Swot up on natural wine, zero waste wine and 10 common wine myths by the most respected wine critic in the world, Jancis Robinson.

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The Champagne Bureau to launch new event at London Wine Fair

The Champagne Bureau to launch new event at London Wine Fair

The Champagne Bureau has announced the launch of a new event, which will take place at this year’s London Wine Fair.

Champagne Live, which takes place on 22 May 2018 at LWF, Olympia, has the intention of “breaking away from any traditional tasting set-up”, by offering an immersive and interactive concept. The organisers claim the event will be “tailored to engage and enrich visitors with knowledge via a programme of live streaming direct from Champagne”, supported by experts exploring topical themes and debates as well as Q&A sessions and social media activations.

Three themed pathways will form the heart of the tasting experience, with each trail presenting a style of specific interest to the UK market. These will be confirmed shortly but the idea is that visitors will undertake their own Champagne journey, according to the Champagne Bureau UK.

The event is open to the trade – by invitation only – between 10am and 4.30pm, and in addition the team will open the doors of its tasting area to consumers from 6pm to 9pm.

Francoise Peretti, director of the Champagne Bureau UK, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the London Wine Fair. I was seduced by Hannah Tovey’s new vision for a revamped and enhanced LWF and it makes total sense to hold our event where the producers, trade and media meet. It will be a first for us and I look forward to delivering an event rich in content.”


The joys of January

Of all the months of the year, January has the best intentions. It reminds me of Eddie in Ab Fab, late for work, horribly hungover, coming down the stairs in oversized sunglasses to frumpy Saffy sitting at the kitchen table. “Health, health, health, darling!” she sings. But the illusion doesn’t last for long.

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FBI’s Donald Trump Russia probe was ‘sparked by drink in London wine bar’

The investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia was reportedly sparked by a conversation that took place over a drink in a London bar.

George Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, was said to have disclosed to a senior Australian diplomat in the bar that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

The meeting between Mr Papadopoulos and Alexander Downer, Australia’s High Commissioner to  the UK, was said to have taken place at the Kensington Wine Rooms, near Kensington Palace, in May 2016, the New York Times reported.

After emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee began being made public a few months later the Australians passed the information about the meeting to their US counterparts.

George Papadopoulos was a member of the Trump campaign 

According to the New York Times the role of the Australians was confirmed by four current and former US and foreign officials.

Mr Papadopoulos was said to have been given the information about the emails by a friend with Russian contacts.

He was told there were “thousands of emails” that may embarrass Mrs Clinton and her campaign.

Alexander DownerCredit: Micha Theiner

The information from the Australians that a member of the Trump campaign may have had the information was a driving factor in the FBI opening its investigation in July 2016, the New York Times reported.

The agency began looking at whether Russia tried to disrupt the election, and if any associates of Mr Trump colluded.

Mr Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is a cooperating witness.

He admitted lying in January about communicating with people he believed had ties to the Russian government.

George Papadopoulos (3rd L) in a photograph released on Donald Trump’s Instagram accountCredit: AFP

Court documents show he met in April 2016 with an academic in London who he says told him about Russia’s cache of Clinton emails.

The New York Times said he shared this information with the Australian diplomat.

White House advisers have dismissed Mr Papadopoulos as a “coffee boy” and fringe figure in the campaign.

Mr Trump’s campaign has always denied colluding with Russian efforts to sway the election outcome.

In a statement Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer, said: “Out of respect for the special counsel and his process we are not commenting on matters such as this.”