Now, I know I have mentioned how much I love this bar….and…. how much I love their wine. But today I want to feature Gordon’s as the hot spot wine bar in London.
This bar was first opened up in 1890, rumored to be the oldest wine bar in London. It was previously a home in 1680, and then a warehouse in 1820 for seeds. The best part is that all the original decor survived.
So what is this decor? Great design marvels at the ancient barrel vaults with old brick and the roughly lined flooring. On the overly large, wooden table tops sit candles to give the atmosphere a flickering yellow/gold glow. The shadows and noise of people participating in conversation and drinking the small but mighty wine list. A large focal piece of one area stands the fireplace, obviously unused, but still containing bits and bobs on the mantle piece with an old mirror. The ceiling heights are low in some areas, probably a result of the basement and warehouse usages from the 1600s.
And this my dear readers… is all from my memory. Let me tell you a story of my personal history with Gordons.
It all started with meeting a man for a first date in London. I had received a text prompting to meet at 7pm sharp at Charing Cross Station right off of the Northern line.
After meeting up with my date, expecting to be whisked away to dinner, I was taken into this shack-looking and semi-run down building front and down weak, creaking, and very narrow stairs. Was this the place for dinner? Oh no. This was the ultimate place to grab pre-dinner drinks.
He ordered the bottle as I stood their dumbfounded. I kept looking around everywhere, at all the people, at the decor, at the low ceilings, at the barrels and wine cellar… It was packed, and it was only a Monday night!
Gordon’s was forever in my memory from that day on. I had only come back once to savor the amazing wine selection and atmosphere, but tomorrow it will be my third time. That’s right… back to the excellent atmosphere at my most revered wine bar in England: Gordon’s wine bar.
I’m so excited!
Here are some photos:
^^ and there’s the fireplace in the right center! That’s where we stood for our first date! :)