Borough Wines & Beers, the London-based independent merchant, has opened a new shop on Islington’s Essex Road, marking the company’s seventh shop in the capital and eighth in total.

The company, which began life as a small stall at Borough Market in 2002, opened two stores last year: one on London’s Columbia Road and another in Hastings, East Sussex.

The latest venue is housed in a unique, glass-fronted unit on the corner of Englefield Road and Essex Road. Following a complete refurbishment it has now re-opened with a dramatic new design, featuring a bottle shop, events space and distillery.

The shop includes the merchant’s usual range of wines, local and international craft beers, small-batch spirits and wine refills. In addition, Borough Wines & Beers Essex Road also serves Climpsons & Sons coffee and Portuguese tarts from 7.30Am on weekdays.

The store also has an expansive basement with a supper room called The Vault, created in partnership with Ross Butler, the founder of Hackney’s Butler’s Gin. Butler will move his gin production into an adjoining distillery room, where he will also host regular workshops and events.

In the next few months a ‘nano-brewery’ will also be installed beneath the shop, where the company plans to produce small batch beers in partnership with local breweries.

Borough Wines co-owner Corinna Pyke, said: “After receiving such a warm reception from the local community to our pop-up last year – we couldn’t wait to reopen a permanent shop on the site. It took a little longer than expected, but we didn’t want to rush the process and we are delighted with the result. It is a truly striking space that reflects the same accessible spirit as our existing shops, but with a more design-led, modern approach. 

“The huge basement space is a real bonus and gives us an opportunity to further broaden our events offering and – in working with Ross Butler – diversify this with more spirits-led activities too. The plan is to do the same with beer in the coming months.”