In a city oversaturated with pubs, clubs and restaurants, many Londoners are surprisingly at a loss when deciding on where to go for a special evening out. Tired with the same old places and faces and wanting something more for their money than a few pints done the local and a mediocre Masala after the pub shuts, time-poor capital dwellers are now looking towards London’s Bankside and the multi-faceted Vinopolis when it comes to planning a night out.
In its atmospheric location set beneath the arches of a restored Victorian viaduct, Vinopolis is London’s foremost food and wine attraction offering a veritable feast of wine tasting options, events spaces, bars and restaurants within its surprising two and a half acres.
Private wine tasting sessions are a popular pastime for discerning Londoners, enjoying the chance to sample a selection of wines, champagnes and spirits under the expert gaze of one of Vinopolis’ knowledgeable wine guides.
Those wanting wine tasting with a twist may decide to try out the Chocolate and Wine Masterclass; ideal for a girl’s night out, this evening session invites guests to sample six premium styles of chocolate matched with six hand-picked wines, with an expert on hand to guide you through the tasty treats.
If wine’s not your tipple, worry not: there’s also a Cocktail Making Masterclass and a Whisky Masterclass. Or, you may just wish to check out one of the fabulous bars. Wine Wharf is a great after-work venue for those in search of a chilled glass of white and a chat, whilst Brew Wharf, boasting its own microbrewery, is a mecca for beer buffs looking for that perfect pint.
For a sophisticated evening of understated glamour, Blue Bar, with its impressive cocktail menu and award-winning head barman, will satisfy even the fussiest London barfly. You can also try The Avalanche which, according to a recent article in the London Evening Standard, is one of the capital’s current cocktails du jour.
Those simply in search of a great meal and excellent wine can check out one of Vinopolis’ eating venues; offering Mediterranean dishes with a contemporary twist, Cantina Vinopolis is ideal for those who want a relaxed and informal dining experience. With menus created by award-winning restauranteurs Claudio Pulze and Trevor Gulliver and an international wine list, this rustic restaurant is hard to beat.
There is also Vinopolis’ latest offering, Del Mercato; an Italian restaurant combining a bar, trattoria, bakery and fine Italian restaurant, ideal for a casual dinner with friends or a birthday treat.
A constantly evolving, imaginative and reactive programme of events ensures Vinopolis stays ahead of the game offering themed evenings and events to suit a clientele as diverse and colourful as London itself.
With a selection of winter specials coming up, including Christmas Wine and Dine and Festive Guided Tastings, there’s always something new on offer at this venue. Looking ahead to 2014 there’s the Barrel of Laughs Wine Tasting and Comedy Night, offering lovers a Valentine’s night wine tasting with a twist. The New Year also brings the Burns Supper & Whisky Masterclass, held on the 24th January, so why not book now and give yourself something to look forward to?
So, next time you’re in search of a night out, don’t waste precious hours scratching your head and scouring the internet for venues. You’ll find everything you need, all under one roof, at the versatile Vinopolis.