Gordon’s: The Oldest Wine Bar in London

Between snapping selfies at red phone booths, conquering the dizzying heights of the London Eye, and channeling my inner Beatle on Abbey Road, I craved (or rather, thirsted) for a taste of London beyond the guidebooks.

And then I was introduced to: Gordon’s Wine Bar, a haven for wine lovers (like me!) that’s been quenching thirst since 1890 (yes, you read that right!). Get ready, as I’m about to take you on a boozy bucket list adventure through one of London’s oldest and coolest watering holes – it’s not every day you get to sip in a Victorian-era gem!

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Gordon’s Wine Bar History

Gordon’s Wine Bar boasts a rich and colorful history, dating back to 1890 when Angus Stafford Gordon, one of the few remaining Free Vintners, opened its doors. It has been family-owned ever since, with Luis Gordon taking over in 1972 and his wife, Wendy, and son, Simon, running the show today.

This beloved establishment has weathered many storms, including a closure scare in the late 1980s and a more recent challenge regarding its outdoor terrace license in 2019. Through it all, Gordon’s Wine Bar London has remained a cornerstone of the city’s vibrant drinking scene, cherished by locals and tourists alike for its unique atmosphere and extensive wine selection.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

What is the Bar’s Vibe Like 

Imagine a place straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, with wood-paneled walls, vintage photos, and candlelit nooks oozing Victorian charm. As I stepped in, I couldn’t help but notice the dusty bottles in the window – a testament to time standing still. Trust me, a feather duster wouldn’t hurt, but hey, it adds to the charm.

Since the inside was standing room only, we snagged a bottle and went to the outdoor terrace instead, despite the chilly London air. Amidst a sea of suits and trendily dressed women, all possibly in their 30s, my less-than-trendy puffy jacket felt right at home. What’s amusing is that the locals outside seemed unfazed by the cold, blissfully unaware of the 45-degree temperature.

Gordon’s Wine Bar
Gordon’s Wine Bar

What Drinks do They Serve at Gordons

Wine is the queen here! From classic reds and whites to adventurous rosés and sparklings, Gordon’s boasts over a hundred award-winning selections. Feeling fancy? Go magnum. Mindful sipper? Explore their natural and no-alcohol options. Even history buffs will delight in aged sherries, madeiras, and ports.

But the journey doesn’t end with the first sip. Pair your chosen elixir with yummy bites – think decadent cheese boards brimming with artisan selections, tempting cold plates like smoked trout or roast beef, or indulge in expertly curated cheese and wine pairings. 

Where in London is it Located

This historic gem sits tucked away just off Villiers Street, a stone’s throw from the iconic Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and the towering London Eye. So, whether you’re a theatergoer seeking a pre-show tipple or simply yearning for a taste of timeless London, Gordon’s Wine Bar awaits.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

Stepping into Gordon’s Wine Bar, London’s oldest watering hole, is more than just indulging in a drink; it’s an experience. It’s a chance to brush shoulders with history, savor expertly curated wines, and soak in an atmosphere that whispers of a bygone era. So, raise a glass to Gordon’s – a testament to the enduring allure of good wine, good company, and a touch of timeless magic. Cheers!

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13 thoughts on “Gordon’s: The Oldest Wine Bar in London”

  1. I know some sign language.  A lot of families I work with teach their children sign language, and where I work a lot of the kids with down syndrome learn it during speech therapy.  One of the first things they teach them is the word "more" because it can be used for many things, like "more" food.

    • You just reminded me about children being taught sign language. My nieces learned a few words too, like “more”. It makes sense.

    • It did have a fantastic ambiance! I only wish there was vacant seating inside when we went :)

  2. I think it's great if your children learn young! It tends to stick! I can't remember if it was mandatory or not, but in 3rd grade I took a sign language class. I think most of the time was learning the basics, so I don't remember too much. I still got over half of the alphabet down though! I think I am going to add learn sign language to my list… I didn't know that the brit alphabet varied from the U.S. one. That's interesting…

    • I agree that teaching child’s to sign is a great idea. How cool that you were able to take a class in 3rd grade!

    • I never thought about being able to make money doing it. I would assume not too many people do sign language, so these people are in need.


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