Harden's survey result
“An old favourite – but still the best place to meet friends in London” – this lovingly preserved, 1890s wine bar by Embankment station has a huge outside terrace and “atmospheric cellars” lit by candles. “This is not about the food (which is perfectly OK, just very limited) or the grumpy staff – it’s about the wine and the ambience, delivered here in spades”. “How wonderful to take someone who’s never been before, to experience the atmosphere”, either as a boozy hideaway in winter, or for a BBQ by the park in summer.
With its ancient, dark, candle-lit cellars and the benefit of one of central London’s biggest terraces (adjoining Embankment Gardens), this old wine bar (dating from the 1890s) is perpetually thronged (mostly by young professionals), and has seemingly been visited by everyone in London at some point (even if they may struggle to remember exactly what it was called). Right by Embankment tube, it’s a handy rendezvous, and an affordable one too, even if the self-service food is very basic (cold cuts, cheeses, salads and simple hot platters). Queues for service, cramped seating and a general feeling of scrum are all part of the experience.
“Dark cave-like cellars” create a superb atmosphere at this epic old wine bar (dating from 1890) by Embankment Gardens, which also boasts one of central London’s nicest outside terraces (with BBQ in summer). The “excellent choice of wine and sherries” is another reason the world and his dog flock to the place – the self-service pies, cold cuts, cheeses and salads are certainly no incentive to hurry along.
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.
|Wine per bottle||£21.25|
47 Villiers St, London, WC2N 6NE
|Monday||11 am‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||11 am‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||11 am‑11 pm|
|Thursday||11 am‑11 pm|
|Friday||11 am‑11 pm|
|Saturday||11 am‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑10 pm|