The Best Places to Enjoy Cheese and Wine While Visiting London

Indulge in One of Life's Greatest Pairings

Figs And Cheese In Plate With Wineglass On Table
••• London is a great town for someone hoping to sample delicious wine and cheese. Lauren Storey / EyeEm / Getty Images

Is there a better pairing than cheese and wine? Here is a round-up of the best venues to enjoy both in central London

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    Gordon's Wine Bar
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    Gordon's is the oldest wine bar in London. Established in 1890, it is open daily in a basement near Charing Cross Station. The ceiling is low and the seating is in cozy alcoves make it one of the best-loved basements in London. No-one wants it to change and there's uproar whenever there are rumors that it'll have to close. There's hot and cold food, with daily specials, as well as a fine cheese selection.

    Gordon's Wine Bar, 47 Villier's Street, WC2 6NE

  • 02 of 08
    Vivat Bacchus
    ••• Vivat Bacchus

    Vivat Bacchus has two branches and thousands of wines to choose from. They realize the importance of cheese too and have cheese rooms at each branch where customers are invited to taste and select. They also have regular wine tasting events.​

    Farringdon: Vivat Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Cellar, 47 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4LL
    London Bridge: Vivat Bacchus, 4 Hays Lane, London Bridge, London SE1 2HB

  • 03 of 08
    Crusting Pipe Cheese & Wine
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    This popular basement venue in Covent Garden Market is probably best known as the wine bar in the piazza with outdoor seating next to the live opera singers. As well as lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, Crusting Pipe also offers a British Cheese Selection to go with their extensive wine list. Pair their cheeseboard of eight British cheeses with wine is a wonderful and delicious way to spend an evening with friends. You can choose less than eight cheeses or try matching wines by the glass which made this almost educational. Crusting Pipe is now part of Davy's group of wine bars.

    Crusting Pipe, 27 The Market, Covent Garden WC2E 8RD
    Davy's has many other locations throughout central London

  • 04 of 08

    Le Beaujolais

    Le Beaujolais is reportedly the first French wine bar established in London and although it is small, its excellent wine and cheese selection keep it eternally popular so get there early. Staff can help with wine choices and you can even taste wines before ordering a bottle. Blues and jazz music plays in the bar, yet not too loud so you can have a good chat over a bottle of wine with friends. Downstairs there's a members-only restaurant.​

    Le Beaujolais, 25 Litchfield Street, London, WC2H 9NJ

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  • 05 of 08
    Terroirs Wine Bar
    ••• Terroirs Wine Bar

    Terriors is about food and wine which is natural and free of additives, served in a fun, friendly and stimulating environment, and a second location in East Dulwich. 

    Terroirs, 5 Willliam IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
    36-38 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HJ

  • 06 of 08
    Le Pain Quotidien
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    Le Pain Quotidien has many London locations, including one on the South Bank next to the Royal Festival Hall. Platters are served with Le Pain Quotidien organic bread and the wine is served is over-sized glasses. 

    Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
    Many other locations in London

  • 07 of 08

    Cheese at Leadenhall is a cheese shop and a wine bar: in the restaurant, you can also get lunch with a seasonal menu based on a combination of Classic cheeses or book a wine/cheese tasting. 

    Cheese, 4-5 Leadenhall Market, City of London EC3V 1LR

  • 08 of 08
    ••• © Laura Porter

    Vinopolis is a wine tasting attraction and has regular cheese and wine tasting sessions too.

    Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, London SE1 9BU