Gordon’s is perpetually rammed - the outdoor area in summer, and the candlelit, subterranean wine vaults in winter - and chances are you’ll see this on the odd mainstream ‘where to drink in London’ guide. But it’s with good reason - there aren’t many places like it, hence its popularity with Londoners. The wine list is really impressive even for a bar so central, and there’s something about a candlelit evening with friends that adds to a memorable night out - romance, atmosphere, it’s anything you want it to be.
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Yen is a large, upmarket Japanese restaurant on the Strand that specialises in soba. It’s a calm, spacious place to spend some time.
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Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Top Cuvée is a wine bar and restaurant in Highbury that gets busy on match days but is an otherwise great spot for a drink or a low key date night.
P Franco is a Clapton wine shop that hosts guest chefs who serve stunning small plates to neighbourhood regulars. You want to be a regular.
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