Mission — London, UK
The trend for good wine in low-key hangouts continues apace in London, where husband and wife duo Michael and Charlotte – the pair behind the eponymous Sager and Wilde watering hole – have just launched their second venture. Called Mission, after the San Francisco neighbourhood where they both lived and worked, the bar and restaurant is housed under the cavernous domes of a Victorian railway arch, which fittingly, was also a former wine warehouse. The interiors, once again a team effort between the couple and local firm Mango architects, takes inspiration from the venue’s urban surroundings featuring warming distressed woods and gritty corrugated iron. On the ground floor, a quirky palm tree takes centre stage, behind which some of the wines from the 150-strong list are displayed. Languish in the mezzanine level private dining room with wines from up-and-coming Californian vineyards or sample the signature ‘3-sip’ mini cocktails- all carefully paired of course, with a selection of rustic dishes from chef James De Jong’s seasonal menu.