The Olde Wine Shades

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The Old Wine Shades

The Olde Wine Shades is one of London's oldest public houses, having been built in 1663 in Martin Lane where it survived the Great Fire of 1666. Its origins were as a Merchants house and it is believed that smugglers used the old tunnel to the river from the cellars.[1] The tunnel was sealed after bomb damage during the Blitz in 1940, but its entrance is still visible today. The architectural and historic significance of the Olde Wine Shades is recognised in its status as a grade II listed building.

El Vino was purchased by Davy’s Wine Merchants in 2015 and it had a major refurbishment in the summer of 2017, restoring many original features and allowing the cellar bar area to be opened to the public once again.

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  1. ^ "The Olde Wine Shades – El Vino". El Vino. Retrieved 2017-01-19.

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Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°05′16″W / 51.5104°N 0.0879°W / 51.5104; -0.0879