The Olde Wine Shades

  • Olde Wine Shades restaurant interior
  • Bread, meat and cheese platter at Olde Wine Shades
  • Olde Wine Shades bar
  • Meat and cheese platter at Olde Wine Shades
  • The bar at Olde Wine Shades
  • Olde Wine Shades restaurant
  • Sharing platter at Olde Wine Shades
  • Olde Wine Shades exterior
  • The Olde Wine Shades restaurant
  • The Olde Wine Shades interior

SquareMeal Review of The Olde Wine Shades

Originally a merchant’s house pre-dating the Great Fire of 1666, this venerable wine bar is reputedly the City’s oldest – a former haunt of Charles Dickens that stands above a smugglers’ tunnel leading down to the river. Not that there’s any such skulduggery nowadays, just civilised supping from the El Vino wine list in one of the Square Mile’s more tranquil settings – complete with alfresco tables out front & a gloriously spectral bar within. On the food front, bag a table in the brick-vaulted cellar restaurant if you want to order from the carte: expect tapas, sandwiches and sharing boards.

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The Olde Wine Shades is recommended for

Cosy | Traditional

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Monument Tube Station 128m

Cannon Street Station 156m


Address: 6 Martin Lane , London EC4R 0DP

Area: Monument Tower Hill Aldgate

Opening times

Mon-Fri 10am-11pm (Mon -10pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Fishmongers' Hall 128m

Monument 153m


Telephone: 020 7626 6876


Cuisine: Tapas Wine Bars

Private Dining: 10, 16

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