Learn Sign Language While Drinking at the Oldest Wine Bar in London

Quite a few months back a complete stranger (& fellow adventurist) invited me on the “Playboy” Kandy Kruise to Mexico, I accepted this travel endeavor and a friendship was born. Lucky for me, she lives in London and I was excited to meet up with her again at the oldest wine bar in London, Gordon’s.

Megane is the ultimate bucket lister whose stories are intriguing, as well as inspirational. And of course, it wouldn’t be a bucket listers night out if there wasn’t a check on someones life list and Megane graciously offered to teach me the alphabet in sign language. Wine, friends and new experiences. Triple bonus.
Gordon's Wine Bar in London

Established in 1890, Gordon’s Wine Bar in London, gives you a glimpse of the past. Not much has changed in over a century.

With the billion of neighboring pubs, Gordon’s has not succumb to peer pressure and still only serves wine, which was more than fine by me.

The dusty bottles in the window are an indication that nothing has changed in all these years. Let’s just say that someone needs a feather duster and a sponge. Though, the residue does add to the undeniable charm.
Gordon's Wine Bar in London Gordon's Wine Bar in London
Gordon's Wine Bar in London
photo credit: Simon Burgess

Since the inside was standing room only, unlike the photo above, we grabbed a bottle of wine and headed to the crowded outdoor patio. The locals apparently were unaware of the 45 degree temperatures outside, while I was frantically searching for heat lamps to no avail.

The average age range was 30s, with many men in suits and trendily dressed women. I was happy to be wearing my less than trendy puffy jacket.
Outdoors at Gordon's Wine Bar in London

About one glass of wine in, Megane started with the sign language lesson. A…B…C.and then A again (I am a slow learner, thankfully she is a patient woman).

Not more than twenty minutes later I had learned the British alphabet, which slightly differs from the American one.

I have yet to put my new skill to use, but can still remember how to sign my name. I just can’t remember anything else. More practice.
Annette White at Gordon's Wine Bar in London

Do you know sign language? Have you ever been to Gordon’s Wine Bar in London?

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  1. CeCe May 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I know some sign language.  A lot of families I work with teach their children sign language, and where I work a lot of the kids with down syndrome learn it during speech therapy.  One of the first things they teach them is the word "more" because it can be used for many things, like "more" food.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      You just reminded me about children being taught sign language. My nieces learned a few words too, like “more”. It makes sense.

  2. Krista May 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I do not know sign language, but I'd LOVE to visit this wine bar. What a fantastic ambiance. 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      It did have a fantastic ambiance! I only wish there was vacant seating inside when we went 🙂

  3. Leah Travels May 18, 2012 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Oh, I love places like this…old, historical, and filled with wine! Really coo place!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 18, 2012 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Me too! Especially the “filled with wine” part 😉

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  6. Stephanie May 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I think it's great if your children learn young! It tends to stick! I can't remember if it was mandatory or not, but in 3rd grade I took a sign language class. I think most of the time was learning the basics, so I don't remember too much. I still got over half of the alphabet down though! I think I am going to add learn sign language to my list… I didn't know that the brit alphabet varied from the U.S. one. That's interesting…

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 19, 2012 at 7:38 am - Reply

      I agree that teaching child’s to sign is a great idea. How cool that you were able to take a class in 3rd grade!

  7. Britany May 24, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I love the added challenge of learning sign language while drinking! Good for you! 

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      I think the wine made it easier 😉

  8. lauren May 27, 2012 at 3:37 am - Reply

    I'm hearing but do sign language. it's fantastic to get into. very well paid too!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 27, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

      I never thought about being able to make money doing it. I would assume not too many people do sign language, so these people are in need.

  9. Kerry July 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Lots of people are teaching it to their children at an early age, to communicate when they are preverbal.

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