Shopping London, United Kingdom
When in London, there are few more satisfying ways to spend a few hours than in one of the city’s many stylish wine shops. London’s independent wine shops stock bottles from around the world, but France reigns supreme in many for its exceptional and varied offering.
Most of the capital’s wine shops double as intimate wine bars, so you can while away the hours and discover a new favourite bouquet, then take a couple of bottles home with you to celebrate a successful weekend break in the city.
Here are six of the best places to buy French wine in London:
1. Lea & Sandeman
Where: 170 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PR
Lea & Sandeman is an acclaimed wine merchant with stores in four locations across London – Chelsea, Kensington, Chiswick and Barnes. Their Chelsea store is the original and stocks a selection the most excellent Old-World wines around. France is their speciality, and the owners pride themselves on providing their customers with some of the most exceptional wines around.
2. Roberson Winery
21-27 Seagrave Road, London, SW6 1RP
The physical space of the online retailer, Roberson Winery has been dealing the most exquisite wine around since 1991. France occupies most of their list, with carefully curated collections from Bordeaux and Burgundy taking the lead, though lesser-known regions are no less spectacular.
Exchange Arcade, Broadgate, London, EC2M 3WA
Unparalleled French wine can undoubtedly be found at Uncorked, though it comes at a price. It’s difficult to choose poorly here, with even the most inexpensive offerings proving exceptional. If you’re looking for the finest French wine in London, this merchant offers real value for money.
4. Handford Wines
105 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LE
The award-winning wine list at Handford Wines boasts an extraordinary French selection, with Clarets being their most popular product. Two Masters of Wine have been hand-picking wines for Handford since 1989, and every product on the list has been tested by at least one member of the team.
5. Haynes Hanson & Clark
8 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT
Haynes Hanson & Clark is considered London’s Burgundy specialist; their traders spend time in France each year, working closely with the independent vineyards that produce their wine. Ask a member of the team, and you’ll begin to understand the wealth of knowledge that sits at the establishment’s heart. Alongside it’s exceptional (and exceptionally priced) offering, the shop prides itself on being a welcoming local shop which regulars can visit for an everyday bottle.
6. Berry Bros & Rudd
Where: 3 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1EG
Trading on St. James’s Street since the late 17th century, Berry Bros & Rudd is worth visiting for its history alone. Despite its rich heritage, the shop keeps up with the times and continues to introduce wines from non-traditional areas of France, though lovers of Burgundy and Claret will be in their element in Berry’s ancient cellar.
During your next luxury break in London, stop by any of these wine shops and pick up a bottle of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne to add a touch of elegance to your evening. Then, head back to your city centre hotel, perhaps the Sofitel London St. James, open and enjoy your selection in fittingly decedent surroundings.