Our Story

Gordon’s is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London, it was established in 1890. The bar is very much a family affair, owned by Wendy Gordon who is the wife of the late, much loved Luis Gordon, and now overseen by Luis’ eldest son Simon. The Gordon’s wine bar family includes the bar staff many of whom have been with us for many years including Joao who runs the team and Amanda who works behind the scenes to look after the business. We try to maintain the bar as our customers like it which basically means “no change!”. While we have maintained the original décor, we have expanded onto Watergate Walk for an al fresco Gordon’s experience and still sell only wine, port and sherry, whilst providing traditional and well priced dishes . . . easier said than done in a world dominated by rules and regulations!

Angus ‘Staff’ Gordon

a Free Vintner, started Gordon’s wine bar in 1890. His son took over after him and his grandson after him (all three had the same name!). The grandson worked at the bar for 3 years as a young man, but went off to become an actor – something he loved. In March 2009, Angus Stafford junior came to the bar and met Simon Gordon (Luis Gordon’s son), and kindly brought along a batch of wonderful old photographs, some of which are now hung in the bar.

Luis Gordon


In 1972 Luis purchased Gordon’s from Staff Gordon (see below), someone bearing the same surname but of no relation. He was the former chairman of the family sherry shippers who for more than 200 years remained sole importers of Domecq to Britain.

Father of six, many of whom worked behind the bar, Luis was an exuberant, gravelly-voiced character who bought this historic watering hole after a lifetime in the wine trade. During his 30-year ownership Luis preserved the bar’s special character – fine wines, old oak casks of port and sherry, memorabilia and crusting walls – even keeping the cobwebs after a six-month closure for what was supposed to have been a “revamp”. A tradition that will continue to be preserved by his family who have now taken on the mantle!

After Luis passed away in 2002 his wife Wendy took ownership of the bar with their eldest son Simon taking up the reins.

Gordon’s Wine Bar Timeline

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