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This “unique” wine bar (dating from 1890) by Embankment Gardens is “somewhere everyone should visit” once. Not for the food, which is barely “OK”, or the “grumpy bar staff”, but for the marvellously gloomy cave-like interior and huge terrace (with BBQ) in summer.
Just about everyone in London has supped a glass of vino at one time or another at this “one-of-a-kind” ancient wine bar, by Embankment tube; the food – cheese, cold cuts, hot dishes, salads – is “nothing special”, but the cave-like interior is “amazing”, and it has one of the West End’s nicest (and biggest) outdoor terraces.
“Get a seat in the cave – it’s about as interesting a place to get drunk as there is!”; by Embankment tube, this cellar wine bar, which also boasts a huge terrace, is a “fun” spot, with an “excellent and varied” wine list; “you don’t really go for the food”.
“Mad busy”, for a reason!; this cellar wine bar, by Embankment tube, has a wonderfully “idiosyncratic” style, plus an “impressive” list that’s “a must for wine lovers” (and, in summer, one of central London’s largest terraces); the food is incidental.
47 Villiers St, London, WC2N 6NE
all day 11 am - 11 pm, Sun noon - 10 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10 pm