Shepherd Market Wine House
Today I visit Shepherd Market in the heart of London’s Mayfair. It is very central and just a short walk from Green Park Tube station and Green Park itself. The area is home to many shops, art galleries, bars, pubs, private members clubs and restaurants and is still quite residential. I take a look around this part of London which a real hidden gem and visit the Shepherd Market Wine House for a drink and something to eat. You can see the full YouTube vlog of our visit here:
Shepherd Market is in the heart of London’s Mayfair area in the borough of Westminster. Mayfair became named after an annual fortnight long fair. A fair here each may held on then open fields. The fair is held on the sight including and surrounding Shepherd Market from 1686 until 1764. From 1765 moving to fair field in bow after increasing local residents complaints about the may fair. Shepherd Market became named after architect Edward Shepherd who is responsible for the early development of the area which continued long after his death. The area still retains a village like appearance and feel that London once had but has disappeared in most parts of town.
Artists and writers
At the start of the 20th century Shepherd Market became a little dilapidated. And home to many artists and writers who became inspired by this beautiful part of the city. From the 18th century onwards the area became renowned for prostitution and known as London’s “respectable” red light district. Today the alleys and streets are home to many shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. It is popular during the week as a spot for local workers to enjoy lunch or after work dinner and drinks. And at weekends it has a relaxed village atmosphere with locals and tourists who stumble upon it enjoying some food, drink or some shopping.
Shepherd Market Wine House
There a few lovely old Victorian pubs in the area as well as bars and restaurants to choose from. We decide to try a newly refurbished wine bar called Shepherd Market Wine House. They are a wine merchants as well as a bar so as well as enjoying fine wines in the bar by the glass or by the bottle you can also get a bottle to enjoy at home or in your hotel.
The wine house is split over two floors with covered seating outside. Being situated in the very centre of the inner pedestrian area of the market. So a great spot to relax and watch the world go by. The ground floor is a bar with window views of the very heart of the Market. And on the lower ground is a snug area to maybe enjoy a date. And also a tasting room for groups to enjoy some privacy. We opt for a seat at the window to watch the world go by and the al-fresco seating will be a super spot to enjoy a glass of wine in warmer weather or smoke if your a smoker.
Cheese and Charcuterie
The wine house has a good selection of wines from around the world as well as Champagne’s. And they also serve small plates and sharing platters of food including cheese, olives, pate, terrine and charcuterie. On our visit after tasting a couple of wines we enjoyed a bottle of white wine. A Chardonnay, a Jurassique Arbois Pupillin to drink. And we also shared a platter of Cheese and Charcuterie which was delicious.
All the amazing wines and Champagne from around the world available in the bar. Either by the glass or bottle which is also available to take out. Also the wine will be offered at a discount from the bar prices if purchased to take away. So we also got a bottle of one of the wines we tried and liked to go.
You can also watch the full YouTube vlog of our trip to the area and visit to the wine house above.
And check out our visit to Shepherd Market at Christmas time
Also Coffee in one of the Shepherd Market Coffee Shops