I’ve been wanting to visit the London Wine Week pretty much as long as I’ve lived in London, and this year I finally decided to go for it. I’m by no means a wine expert, but that’s exactly why it’s going to be a fun thing to do – with the London Wine Week pass, you will be able to get little “wine flights” (a tasting experience of 3 different wines!) in each participating bar, as well as the main hub of the action in Flat Iron Square. I can’t wait to try out all the wine and learn a bit more about it in the process, too!
(The London Wine Week kicked off this Monday and will go on until the end of the week (so until Sunday the 20th!).)
You can attend most events as well as the the main hub in Flat Iron Square for free, but a £10 digital pass will entitle you to lots of discounts and special offers, so if you intend on visiting more than one place, getting the pass will definitely be worth it.
The London Wine Week pass will entitle you different offers on all types of wine in the 125 partaking bars around London, as well as mini wine tastings (3 different wines per tasting for £5) and unique “sip and snack” wine + food pairings in most partaking bars and restaurants.
The main hub is located in the garden of Flat Iron Square near London Bridge, which is an amazing street food and drink venue just a few minutes from London Bridge and Borough stations. I went to Flat Iron Square yesterday (where all these photos are taken, too!) and absolutely loved what they had done with the place.
The front yard of Flat Iron Square has been transformed into a beautiful and summery floral garden filled with pastel coloured tables, white lanterns and lots and lots of little stalls filled with different types of wine from fizzy to icy rosé.
They also host different events here throughout the week, of which my favourite (and one you can definitely find me in!) is the screening of the Royal Wedding on Saturday. What better way to celebrate Meghan and Harry than with pink fizzy wine, cake (which they will be serving then, too!) and (hopefully) sunshine?!
Aside from the main hub, there’s the 125 different bars and restaurants around London taking part in the wine flights and sip and snack pairings. I’ve gone through the entire list, so you don’t have to, and listed some of the more interesting sounding ones here:
Oslo, Hackney – This beautiful Scandi-pub is hosting a £5 sip and snack experience where they’re pairing olives or salted almonds (your choice!) with whatever is the daily wine that day.
Vinoteca, Marylebone – This is for all the rosé lovers out there (aka me)! Vinoteca in Marylebone is hosting a wine flight of three different rosés for £5, which definitely puts this place to the top of my list!
Bedales, Borough – Here’s something a bit different: Bedales in Borough are hosting a “pub quiz for winos”, where you’ll be tasting three different Loire Valley wines poured blind, as well as hearing special Loire-themed trivia while you’re sipping.
The Wine Parlour, Brixton – My favourite out of the Wine Parlour’s offering is their sweet and savoury sip and snack experience, which pairs blue cheese with a dessert wine!
Enoteca Rabezzana, Farringdon – Enoteca Rabezzana’s Nebbiolo grape wine tasting will be worth a visit just for the beautiful decor and gorgeous tiles!
Unwined, Tooting – Unwined in Tooting is celebrating this week’s Royal Wedding with a wine tasting with three wines steeped in history with the royal courts, as well as a cheese and wine pairing (three of each!) inspired by historical connections with royalty.
Tapas Brindisa, Soho – Looking for sherry tastings? Look no further than Tapas Brindisa in Soho, as they will be hosting a wine flight with three different sherries ranging from dry to sweet. You can also opt for a sip and snack pairing with one of the three sherries and one snack (I’d choose the Manchego cheese..!)
Martello Hall / Canova Hall – These sister restaurants (first one in Hackney, the second one in Brixton) have hopped on the tap wine trend, and both boast 12 different wines on tap. With £5 you will be able to choose three of those wines for bespoke wine flight in either venue.
Shoryu Ramen, Liverpool Street – If you’re bored of the usual variety of red, white and rosé, head to Shoryu Ramen in Liverpool Street. There you can sample three different varieties of Sakes aka Japanese Rice Wines for just £5!
Humble Grape, Islington – Humble Grape has put together a wine flight of three refreshing summery wines with notes of raspberry, vanilla and lots more (if your palate is refined enough to taste these things, anyway – I’m not sure mine is!) and if you’re lucky enough and the weather is good, you can even enjoy these on their little outdoor terrace.
Whoops, I got a bit carried away there… Now I’m actually really sad that there’s no way I’ll have the time or money to visit all of these! I should have been better prepared..!
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