|Monday - Saturday||11:00 - 23:00|
|Sunday||12:00 - 22:00|
|Budget||Reasonably Priced (£30 - £40)|
|Nearest Station||Charing Cross|
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Gordon’s Wine Bar is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London having been established in 1890. Walking down the creaking stairs you will be able to experience a Dickensian London. Faded (by time) wooden walls covered in historical newspaper cuttings, memorabilia pops-up here and there and then through to the cellar, where only candles light the cavernous room with its rickety tables and chairs. Yet, for all its tight quarters inside if you take a step back outside you can enjoy a spacious terrace surrounded by history and green on Watergate Walk. And that is the key to Gordon’s, a fully functional contradiction. From light and airy, to dark and cosy. From the full immersion into another era to being served by an emerging DJ with tattoos running all the way up his arm and ending who knows where. The monarchy rules the walls of Gordon’s Wine Bar, yet as any regular customer knows, it’s complete anarchy that dominates. The older, distinguished gentleman who has just stepped out of the office can be found mingling with the young tourists who are looking for insider tips. The bar is loved by everyone, because it has something to offer to each and every one of its customers. The award winning wine list is varied and full of interesting wines at very reasonable prices. Sherries, Madeiras and Ports are served from the barrel. Food comes in proper portions ranging from homemade pies to wonderfully mature cheeses.
Photography By Simon Burgess
Quite possibly one of the worst kept secrets in London, Gordon’s is a South Bank institution that just has to be done. During the winter months, the cavernous interior is perfect for cosying up in but during the summer, grab a seat outside if you can and a plate or two of cheese and savour fine wines out on the terrace. There’s often live music to enjoy and plenty of people to talk to if your date doesn’t go as well as planned - but we’re sure it will, especially ended with an evening stroll amongst the twinkling Thames.