P. Franco is a bit of an institution on the low intervention wine scene - almost single handedly making 'natural' the coolest wine for Londoners to drink. By day it's a mighty friendly shop stocking unpretentious liquids - of varying price range. (France and Italy dominate the wine offerings but you can still expect a hefty selection of bottles here, from the USA to Australia.) By night (four a week) it becomes one of the most intimate eating experiences about. Where guest chefs work their magic over two induction hobs and serve up all sorts of goodies to a large communal table. Though cooking styles change depending on who's in the kitchen, you can always expect high calibre grub from these guys - paired with intriguing natural wine selects. Our fave bit? The way beginners and wine geeks are welcomed with equally smiley faces. Kitchen times: Thurs: 6-9 Fri-Sat: 6-10 Sun: 2-9
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Humble Grape, Fleet Street
Showcasing only the top of the drops, Humble Grape's second opening will have you going ape for grapes. With wines imported from 44 vineyards across seven countries, expect to see the likes of bestsellers Spanish Dominio de Punctum Lagasca Viognier 2014 and the French Château Saint-Pierre Tradition Rosé 2014 on the menu. If you're a bit of a wino you'll probably want to check out one of their carefully led wine tasting sessions too. To fully enjoy your delicious wines, a bunch of great snacks are on offer, including meat platters, baked Camembert and the scrummiest South African biltong. Cheeky tip: pop in on a Monday to drink their wine at retail prices.
This Mediterranean-influenced eatery is nuts for the grape. It was opened by former UK Sommelier of the Year Xavier Rousset - the youngest to win the award at the time - so you gotta imagine he knows his shit. The wine list is four pages long, featuring rarities that will set you back £300. Not in the mood to drop your rent money on fermented grapes? The good news is that you can still cop a bottle for the more wallet-friendly price of £20. Let's not forget the food - small plates grouped under "Raw", "Vegetable", "Fish & Shellfish", and "Meat" - and it's divine. Try the Manzacolla prawns, which come glistening in Amalfi lemon oil. Or go for the summer truffle risotto - we love a little truffle, and this one knocked our dang socks off.
Looking for something a little more exotic than your usual soggy Pret sandwich? Head to Manitoba Tigella, an all-day-everyday eatery, which serves authentic Italian cuisine with an emphasis on tigella - a traditional disc-shaped crispy stuffed bread from Northern Italy. Pack yours to the brim with fresh Italian produce, like stracchino, parmigiano, salami, olives, sundried tomatoes, gnocci or funghetto. Or go for a classic, like fresh spaghetti carbonara with some focaccia and a nice chianti - slurp.