Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a pretty big deal if you're a wine aficionado. Falling on the third Thursday of November each year (this year it's the 16th), it's the day when the newest red wine from Beaujolais in the Burgundy region of France is released. Unlike other French wines, it's ready to drink immediately. By law, the wine must be released at precisely 12.01am. What started as a big celebration in France has now spread worldwide, and London certainly gets in on the fun. Wine glasses at the ready – this is our guide to Beaujolais Nouveau Day in London.
Guide to Beaujolais Nouveau Day in London
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Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day in London
- Gordon's Wine Bar – Breakfast at London's oldest wine bar
- The Mulwray – Join the annual party
- Top Cuvée & Cave Cuvée – Trendy wine specialists
- Noble Rot – All for a good cause
- Dan's – Laid-back Dalston bar
- D Vine Cellars – Vibrant venue in Clapham
- London Shell Co – Take your pick of parties
- Harrison's – Shop for the freshest wines
- Omni – A plant-based celebration
- Galvin Bistrot & Bar – A French bistro in London
- Unwined – France meets Korea
- Lady of the Grapes – Championing women who make wine
- Streatham Wine House – South London's well-kept secret
- Authentique Epicerie & Bar – A little piece of France
- The French Market – Free Beaujolais Nouveau samples
- Dina Wines – Sustainable wine bar
- La Fromagerie – Supper club celebration
- Must & Lees – Modern and inventive
- The Midland Grand Dining Room & Gothic Bar – First batch straight off the train
Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day in London
Breakfast at London's oldest wine bar
Gordon's Wine Bar is the oldest wine bar in London and has a big reputation. The weathered interior is full of atmosphere and there's terrace seating. They're running the ideal Beaujolais Nouveau celebration for early birds – it's a breakfast kicking off at 8am. Guests can get stuck in to a fry-up, coffee, fresh orange juice, and the all-important wine.
Join the annual party
Soho wine bar The Mulwray is an intimate venue set on the top floor of an eye-catching Georgian building. It holds an annual Beaujolais Nouveau party and you can book a table or just turn up on the night. Expect music and the newest Beaujolais wine, as well as other vintages from the classic to the experimental.
Trendy wine specialists
Hip wine specialists Top Cuvée and Cave Cuvée are gearing up for Bojo Novo fun. At modern wine shop Cave Cuvée you can experience a tasting with five glasses, hot dogs, and a bottle to take home. Alternatively, join them at Top Cuvée for a three-course wine dinner showcasing the finest Gamay grapes and some hearty French food.
All for a good cause
Noble Rot is a big name in wine and the Lamb's Conduit store is holding the Rotters' Fête du Beaujolais. This on-trend bar and restaurant feels exclusive. At the party you can try classic French dishes and join an annual tasting that has achieved legendary status. All proceeds from this event are being donated to Action Against Hunger.
Laid-back Dalston bar
Dan's in Dalston is a laid-back neighbourhood wine bar with a contemporary style. On 16th November the venue is hosting a fun Beaujolais and raclette party with a chilled-out atmosphere. There will be over 20 different wines to taste, as well as lots of melted cheese and toasty bread to line your stomach.
Vibrant venue in Clapham
Located in Clapham, D Vine Cellars is a popular local wine bar and shop with a vibrant look and welcoming atmosphere. On the big day, the venue is offering flights of four of the latest and freshest wines. Lots of other exciting events go on here too like various themed tastings.
Take your pick of parties
All aboard at London Shell Co, who are hosting three different parties. Visit the land-based Swain's Lane venue for a budget-friendly celebration with wine and French nibbles. At The Grand Duchess you get a bistro menu and lots of wine, or you can set sail on The Prince Regent with a seafood-focused menu and, of course, a load of wine.
Shop for the freshest wines
Celebrate in Ealing with Harrison's. The bustling delicatessen is well-known for its wine and beer selection, as well as the shelves stacked high with gourmet food. The store will have a selection of award-winning Nouveau wines from the Pardon brothers that you can indulge in at home for an affordable price.
A plant-based celebration
Peckham restaurant Omni serves vegan cuisine in a casual setting, having started as a pop-up before going permanent. It's celebrating 16th November with a tasting showcasing a number of Beaujolais wines, with plant-based French nibbles to go with them. Retail-price wine will be available to drink at the venue after the tasting or to take home with you.
A French bistro in London
Modelled on Parisian bistros, Galvin Bistrot & Bar is a venue from culinary legends the Galvin brothers. The venue hosts an annual Beaujolais breakfast but this year it's doing lunch and dinner too. Each menu features fresh Beaujolais wine plus delicious food, from a croque monsieur in the morning to a four-course set menu for dinner.
France meets Korea
Trendy wine bar Unwined has a cosy feel and serves an extensive collection of seasonal wines by the glass. Celebrations are taking place at the Tooting venue with a unique Bibimbap + Beaujolais supper club, in collaboration with fellow market trader Green Choy. Seated at communal tables, you'll get a tasty Korean meal as well as plenty of wine.
Championing women who make wine
Covent Garden's Lady of the Grapes is a wine shop, bar, and restaurant that champions female wine producers. On 16th November you can sample this year's Beaujolais Nouveau made by Marie Lapierre. White and crus Beaujolais will also be available, plus there are Beaujolais flights. Seasonal French food is served too in the cosy and intimate space.
South London's well-kept secret
Streatham Wine House in South London is a cosy bar with a colourful interior. It's celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day with an affordable event where you can try new wines by the glass or bottle. A wine flight is also on offer if you can't choose just one. Pizza from a neighbouring eatery is available with free delivery to the bar.
A little piece of France
Established by a group of French friends, Authentique Epicerie & Bar in North London serves hundreds of wine varieties and regularly-changing food menus. Plenty of events are on here, including a Bojo Novo celebration that goes on until 18th November. There's wine you can try for free, special dishes on the menu, and a fun and festive atmosphere.
Free Beaujolais Nouveau samples
If you don't have time for the full Beaujolais Nouveau shebang, Authentique's delicatessen spin-off The French Market will be offering a free sampling of their two Beaujolais Nouveau wines from Organic Domaine Gaget in store all week long. You can purchase the wines for home as well, along with any French delicacies you might take a fancy to while there.
Sustainable wine bar
Check out Dina Wines for a Beaujolais Nouveau party in Leytonstone. This wine bar and shop is fuss-free and serves sustainable food and drinks. On the day, both old and new Beaujolais varieties will be available to sip on. Food comes in the form of fresh oysters, both raw and chargrilled. It's walk-in only and all are welcome.
Supper club celebration
It's not just wine bars and shops that are in on the Beaujolais Nouveau action. The Highbury and Marylebone branches of La Fromagerie, a popular cheese shop, are getting involved too. In Highbury you can join a cheese and wine tasting or in Marylebone you can attend a celebratory supper that, naturally, has wine and cheese on the menu.
Modern and inventive
Both branches of modern wine shop Must & Lees are celebrating on 16th November. These stores stock wines from around the world at various price points and run exciting tasting and pairing events. Your ticket for Beaujolais Nouveau Day at either store gets you two glasses of wine, delicious snacks, and a discount on any purchases on the day.
First batch straight off the train
The Midland Grand Dining Room and its Gothic Bar are taking advantage off their proximity to the Eurostar terminal to offer the first bottles of Beaujolais off the morning train. The Gothic Bar will be serving it alongside a Croque Monsieur croissant, truffle omelette, or steak tartare, while the elegant Midland Grand Dining Room has prepared a set menu with wine pairing. Bottles will also be available to take home.