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Boot & Flogger

  • London Bridge
  • Supper
  • ££

The wine list is extensive with hundreds available and the by-the-glass list is definitely worth exploring.


10-20 Redcross Way, London, SE1 1TA
+44 (0) 20 7407 1184
Opening Times
Mon 11.00-22.00
Tue-Sat 11.00-23.00
Sun 12.00-18.00
Insider Information
London’s first real wine bar opened in 1964 by John Davy trading as a Free Vintner – a privilege granted by the Worshipful Company of Vintners.


  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    A bowl of water biscuits awaits on the counter, where the promise of rare sirloin and cured ox tongue cold cuts is chalked up alongside game pie and fresh Newlyn crab meat, white only. The wine selection is concise: affordable house French red or white among a dozen by the glass; another dozen half-bottles; and a premium list of limited-availability reds and magnums of claret. A sign says that the Boot & Flogger offers ‘port, sherry and Madeira direct from the wood’; but alas, the glasses (around £4.50) are no longer filled from the cask. Among the decorative pictures is a notice calling for men to join the Light Brigade; indeed, this is the kind of place officers would have gathered before the fateful journey to the Crimea.

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  • Square Meal

    Square Meal Says…

    The original Boot & Flogger opened back in 1964, the first of many wine bars in Davy’s gentrified London empire. Today, the promise of superior imbibing remains satisfied, & it’s easy to see why this excellent wood-panelled watering hole is a favourite with the political & legal set, what with its fine upholstered furniture & list of limited-availability vintages (no hoppy draughts here). Dozens of affordable Old World wines by the glass are joined by a number of half-bottles, if time & clear-headedness are at a premium. The booze is matched by gentlemanly food offerings such as Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, game pies & cuts of rare sirloin, which simply add to the Flogger’s general air of geniality & old-fashioned charm.

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  • Design My Night

    Design My Night Says…

    Boot and Flogger is a traditional wine bar in Southwark that offers fine wines at reasonable prices. John Davy opened London's first real wine bar in 1964 and this venue has kept all its original charm. It is a genuine labyrinth of bars and dining rooms and has many different enchanting rooms all perfect for private hire events, functions and parties. The venue has a traditional interior throughout, with wood panels and padded chairs. That being said, all the different rooms still have a unique feel; with light and airy spaces to some seductive spots reminiscent of a vintage Gentlemen's Club. The staff at Boot and Flogger have a good reputation with for being friendly, happy and helpful which all adds to the fantastic ambience of this smart London wine bar.

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