If you are a self-professed oenophile, picking where to dine in London might seem like quite the task. Not to worry! This Luxos guide to London dining features only restaurants fit for a true connoisseur of fine wines.
Le Gavroche is the original grande dame of the London fine dining scene. First opened in 1967 by brothers Albert and Michel Roux, the restaurant has long been the exemplar of old world, elegant French cuisine in London, with fame and a dedicated following across the world. The wine list at Le Gavroche is nothing short of biblical in terms of size and quality; there is nowhere that comes close in terms of breadth and depth of the greatest French classics.
Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR, Tel. +44(0)20 7408 0881, www.le-gavroche.co.uk
If Le Gavroche holds the kingly crown of London wine lists, then double Michelin-starred The Greenhouse in Mayfair sits alongside as queen. Here is a wine list of spectacular range, a list that covers all tastes and budgets. The food at The Greenhouse is delicate, intricate and exquisitely composed and award-winning sommelier, Marc Piquet, always manages to help guests find the perfect match. The list holds particular interest for lovers of rare, old Burgundy.
The Greenhouse, 27A Hay's Mews, London W1J 5NY, Tel. + 44 (0)20 7499 3331, www.greenhouserestaurant.co.uk
Terroirs is London's leading proponent of the Natural Wine Movement. Part-owned by Les Caves du Pyrene, an importer of natural and biodynamic wines, Terroirs offers rugged, regionally specific French and Italian foods alongside idiosyncratic wines with wild, untempered character. Terroirs is a wonderful spot to indulge in plates of charcuterie, order various interesting wines by the glass and in this manner explore some of Europe's lesser-known gastronomic treats.
Terroirs, 5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW, Tel. +44 (0)20 7036 0660, www.terroirswinebar.com
In an age where Soho restaurants open and close every week and where fashions change at terrifying speed, Andrew Edmunds is the ultimate Soho stalwart. The restaurant opened in 1986 and has been an enduring favourite ever since. The food is a draw in itself, but the real treasure here is to be found within the pages of the wine list – an elegant tome if ever there was. Prices are close to retail and the selection of carefully chosen bottles is practically peerless. An insider's favourite.
Andrew Edmunds, 46 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LW, Tel. +44 (0)20 7437 5708, www.andrewedmunds.com
MASH (Modern American Steak House) is a relatively new addition to the London restaurant scene, offering top-grade American steaks and a truly superb selection of wines to those with epicurean tastes. MASH is Scandinavian-owned and follows several restaurants of the same name and format across Denmark. The wine list is a weighty thing of beauty with a particular focus on rare Californian wines from a range of mature vintages that are rarely seen – perfect partners for the magnificent meats on offer.
MASH, 77 Brewer Street, W1F 9ZN London, Tel. +44 (0)20 7734 2608 www.mashsteak.co.uk
Angelus is the archetypal, elegant West London neighbourhood restaurant. The heavily-accented French food is always exquisite, and the wine list is a thing that is spoken of in hushed tones by lovers of the grape. Owner, Thierry Tomasin, has prestigious form; he used to be sommelier at Le Gavroche, before setting up his own operation here. As you might expect, Château Angelus features heavily on the list, alongside many other greats from the French wine map.
Angelus, 4 Bathurst Street, London W2 2SD, Tel. +44 (0)20 7402 0083 www.angelusrestaurant.co.uk