Established in 1978, Albertine is one of the very first wine bars of London. It quickly became popular in the TV and radio industry thanks to its proximity to the BBC Television Centre. The creators of Eastenders wrote their pitch here, were here when the first episode was broadcast and held script meetings here for some years. Legend has it that Albert Square itself is named as an homage to Albertine.
The kitchen is supervised by Junior Bake Off judge and Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy, whos mum Sarah originally opened the bar. Albertine offers a constantly changing menu of contemporary bistro dishes, with culinary influences from continental Europe and the Middle East.
The ground floor bar is ideal for drinks and sharing plates while the upstair restaurant offers a cosier atmosphere in a home-feel dining room. There is also a private room at the top floor, which can be hired for private dinners and drinks receptions.
An extensive wine list is constantly updated with new entries, with more than 20 wines by the glass and weekly specials. The focus here is on small productions, organic and biodynamic producers and less known appellations, with prestigious domaines sitting comfortably next raising stars of the winemaking world from both New and Old World.