Wine with a View in South London

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Photography: Fabian Fischer

When it comes to summer in the city, there’s no better way to wash down an icy bottle of wine than with a stunning view in South London. With this in mind, we’ve picked five wine bars that you should pencil in for Friday evening drinks. No need to thank us.

The Southbank Centre’s Central Bar Terrace offers glorious riverside views: enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by the lunchtime concert that plays every Friday at 1pm.

A seat at The Rose Pub in Vauxhall will give you the crème de la crème of the capital, with views across the river towards the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. And you could hardly visit the Rose without enjoying a refreshing glass of rosé, could you?

As the sun sinks over the Thames, grab one of London’s best burgers and settle in with a bottle down at Wandsworth’s The Ship. Originally founded as a Thameside Waterman’s Inn, it defies its awkward positioning with a vibrant atmosphere.

The Japanese Garden rooftop terrace at Hotel Rafayel gives you truly unparalleled views from its stunning Battersea location. Soak up the alfresco experience with its extensive drinks list.

At the Sun Inn in Barnes, you’ll barely believe you’re in London. Forget the sky-scrapers and smog, this traditional pub looks out over the local duck pond. Real city folk can relax – you’re not too far from the Thames either.

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