Rob da Bank on Gordon's Wine Bar

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Gordon's Wine Bar

Established in 1890, Gordon's Wine bar is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London.  Full of memories from the 120 plus years of its existence, it has served the great and the not so good with wine only (no gin!).

Located down an alley, between Embankment and Charing Cross tube stations, it occupies the bottom of a building that, remarkably, both Pepys and Kipling lived in.

Notable for its “candlelight and cobwebs”, it has the “same kind of independent spirit” that inspired Rob da Bank to set up his own Independent Festival, Bestival.

Rob da Bank worked with VocalEyes Describer Lonny Evans on the description of Gordon’s Wine Bar.

Rob da Bank

Rob da Bank

Rob da Bank is a BBC Radio 1 DJ and founder of the Sunday Best  empire, which includes the Sunday Best record label and the leftfield festivals Bestival and Camp Bestival. 

A BBC Radio 1 broadcaster for ten years, Rob is a filter for independent and eclectic music and is credited with promoting bands such as Florence and the Machine, Black Kids and The Ting Tings, years before their music hit the charts.  His current Radio 1 show, Rob da Bank, is broadcast every Saturday from 5am to 7am. 

Rob is committed to supporting independent music and is the founder of the Association of Independent Festivals, set up to help redress the balance in the corporate festival world.  The Bestival festival was voted Best Festival in 2010, ahead of Glastonbury, Reading and V. 

Rob’s Sunday Best label launched the careers of Groove Armada and Lemon Jelly in the 1990s and most recently attracted the recording rights to the debut album of cult film-director David Lynch.

Directions, Access and Additional Information

Exit Embankment tube station and continue straight on into Villiers Road. Follow the road round a bend and Gordon’s Wine Bar is located just after a pedestrian pathway, Watergate Walk, on the right hand side, just down from the Covent Garden Comedy Club.

The main access to the wine bar is through the main door and down some very steep steps; there is also covered seating outside.  The staff are happy to guide you downstairs and either read the wine lists and food menus to you or provide you with a larger font printout.  To let staff know that you need assistance, press the buzzers on the front or back doors or call in advance.

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday 11am-11pm
Sunday 12noon-10pm

Parking - There is no parking nearby.

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47 Villiers Street


Getting There


Embankment - Circle and District Lines


9, 15, 176, 11, 23, 91, 139, 6, 13, 87, 29, LR2, 24, 3, 88, 12 and 53


Charing Cross