it's fair to say that london's retail and hospitality scenes are among the planet's most dynamic in both numbers and design diversity, and we're always keen to see what's coming up next. while the city's downtown neighbourhoods still show plenty of new openings, these past few years have seen a shift of activity towards other parts of town, creating interesting new clusters of shops, bars and restaurants, projects that have given entire neighbourhoods a buzzing new image. popping up in the bethnal green area is sager + wilde, a stylish new wine bar by michael and charlotte sager-wilde, a husband an wife team with plenty of experience in leading hospitality and media companies under their belt. the two know a thing or two about quality and style, and it shows in sager + wilde's intimate setting. the bar occupies a corner location with large windows that allow in floods of natural light. pretty much all of the interior has been stripped back and the walls and now reveals the original hardwood floors, edwardian parquet flooring and exposed victorian brickwork.
these have been inventively mixed and matched with salvage features to create a setting with lots of character. added fixtures include steel passage lights from a japanese supertanker, 1920s german station lights and large porcelain and glass ceiling lights from 1950s british factories. the bar is a new and rather cool addition, and has been specially designed by the owners. it's built from cast iron pavement light strips which illuminate, and up to 20 guests can be seated there. sager + wilde is all about enjoying a good glass of wine. there's an ever-evolving list of up to 30 carefully sourced and rare wines that are often unique to the bar. all of these wines can be ordered by the glass, but that's not all what's listed on the menu. alongside the precious liquids, there's also a selection of bites, such as cured meats, cheeses, homemade pickles, tartines and grilled cheese sandwiches. location: 193 hackney road [bethnal green].