If you want a new London drinking experience with a little edge, look no further than Gordon’s Wine Bar at Embankment – London’s oldest wine bar.
It’s not just the incredible wines that make Gordon’s so special, but a fascinating 600-year-old cave that Londoners can drink from.
The very beginnings of the wine bar date back to 1394, when Arthur “Staff” Gordon became a “free winegrower,” meaning he was allowed to sell wine wherever he wanted under Edward III.
Oddly enough, a family from Gordons recently reopened the wine bar – although they are not actually related to the original Gordon who created the bar at the time.
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Rumor has it that Kipling House, where the bar is located, was once home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s and was later inhabited by Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling in the 1890s.
It wasn’t until 1890 that Gordon’s became a real wine bar. He made a name for himself and served Hollywood idols Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
Unfortunately, the bar had to close at some point and it wasn’t until 1972, when the bar reopened under Luis Gordon’s guise, that it got a makeover.
The cave still exists of course, as it is one of the main reasons why city office workers and tourists from all over the world come to drink there.
Likewise, Gordon’s serves wines and various drinks from all over the world – from Spain to Macedonia to India, the world is the oyster of this wine bar.
Judging by the thousands of rave reviews posted online, it looks like many Londoners have also had a drink or two at Gordon’s.
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One visitor said: “An excellent wine bar in central London with stunning, unspoiled interiors. It feels like you are back in 1890 with the vaulted ceilings and candlelit tables.
“Prices have gone up, so maybe not as good as before. But great selection of wines and cheeses.”
Another said: “This place is a hidden diamond of the middle ages, a great atmosphere serving only different types of fine wines. Very rustic interior intact since 1860”
Judging by the Instagram photos, this bar is definitely one to check out in person.
You can find Gordon’s on Villiers Street and less than a minute’s walk from Embankment station.
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