Wineweek 36: London Greetings

It is pouring outside. Weather is what one would expect of London, the type of persistent drizzle you see in the movies. During my one and a half years of living in the city, it did not rain more than I was used to in Helsinki. Probably less. However, the humid air really gets under your skin and reaches your bones, so rather often you feel cold and wet even if it’s not raining. Luckily there are several cozy cafes (and wine bars) where one can sneak into to escape the rain. We have made camp at Tap Coffee on Wardour Street. After second breakfast we will make our way deeper into Soho, visit some of our usual caffeine hangouts and continue towards Selfridges to browse the wine department. I am hoping to find a bottle of Wiston Estate sparkling wine to take home. I am slightly hesitant though and will make my decision once I see the price. English sparklings have really taken a price hike since the success of Ridgeview and Nyetimber. Many of the local bubblies are basically priced as if they were Champagne. I am not saying they are not good, but comparing to some of our premium cavas, the English sparklings are seldom value for money. I have been wondering about the price: is it just that the Brits believe so much in their product, or is it due to the cost of production? I can imagine the grape yields being quite low…what do you think?

But what have we been up to this week? We traveled back home from Finland just to jump on the plane taking us to London on Thursday. Friday we visited a new potential producer for our range of wine, London Cru, an urban winery located near West Brompton (btw. their wines were awesome). And since, we have just been eating (and drinking) our way through London’s culinary hot spots: Kitchen W8, Gymkhana, Social Wine and Tapas, just to mention a few. Tonight we will be checking out the newly reopened Ivy. London always has something fresh to offer. But more about specifics later, here is a series of photos from the week:

Thursday dinner at Duck and Rice. The cava, Rene Barbour was a steal at around five pounds per glass.
Thursday dinner at Duck and Rice. The cava, Rene Barbour was a steal at around five pounds per glass.
Even though Borne & Hollingsworth is hardly a secret any more, the speakeasy has managed to keep a high quality on cocktails.
Even though Borne & Hollingsworth is hardly a secret any more, the speakeasy has managed to keep a high quality on cocktails.
Tasting wines at London Cru, urban winery.
Tasting wines at London Cru, urban winery.
Awesome English sparkling at Social Wine and Tapas
Awesome English sparkling at Social Wine and Tapas
Nothing like some Pimm's to start the day
Nothing like some Pimm’s to start the day
The market is overcrowded with tourists but makes for a colorful place to take photos
The market is overcrowded with tourists but makes for a colorful place to take photos
Coffees at the Magic Roundabout. The cold brew was awesome.
Coffees at the Magic Roundabout. The cold brew was awesome.
A trip to London would be incomplete without a pit-stop at Joses. Snacking on  Padron peppers.
A trip to London would be incomplete without a pit-stop at Joses. Snacking on Padron peppers.
The last drinks of the night at Whiskey Ginger
The last drinks of the night at Whiskey Ginger
An evening walk on the South Bank
An evening walk on the South Bank

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