London boasts some of the finest champagne bars in the world, with many plush establishments offering lavish collections of premium bubbly. From exclusive tower-block lounges with panoramic views across the city to classy restaurant-bars in London’s trendiest boroughs, here are the places to go to toast the day or night...
Archer Street, Soho
Soho’s very own champagne bar, Archer Street, mixes the sophistication of a glass of bubbly with the area’s laidback vibe to complete its ‘shabby chic’ interiors. Head to the first floor for their dedicated Billecart-Salmon selection and unwind on their plush choice of armchairs at the end of a long day. The establishment is also renowned for its singing bar staff it’s not uncommon for your drinks to be served with a serenade.
Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard
This one-of- a-kind restaurant takes inspiration from Art Deco decadence and is styled to look like a luxury carriage train, with individual booths to sit four. As well as being known for its eclectic menu of Russian food, Bob Bob Ricard is highly acclaimed due to the ‘press for champagne’ buzzers at each booth. Transporting you back to the ‘roaring twenties’, it’s glamourous touches like these that make the Soho bar truly stand out from the rest.
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Catch Bar & Lounge
Located in the Andaz hotel, Catch Bar & Lounge is a glamorous addition to Liverpool Street. The sheek contemporary design features a glowing bar area and live music from a resident DJ every Friday night. Indulge in a wide selection of champagnes and speciality Bellinis to celebrate the weekend.
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Champagne + Fromage
Champagne + Fromage
Combining two French loves, Champagne + Fromage serves up a diverse cheeseboard to accompany your fizz. The shop-cum- bistro in Covent Garden is perfect for a daytime drink or a mid-week celebration. Every bottle of champagne is sourced especially by the owners from award-winning family-owned producers, so you can really savour every drop. With a warm and welcome ambience, this little place might just become your regular spot for a drink and light bite to eat.
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Oscar Wilde Bar at Café Royal
Oscar Wilde Bar
Café Royal restored their iconic Grill Room to its original Louis XVI style, creating a stunning and opulent room now known as the Oscar Wilde Bar, which is the perfect place to enjoy many of the finest champagnes. Nestled between Mayfair and Soho, the bar has an exclusive, quintessential feel that harkens back to the famous author’s lavish lifestyle.
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Searcys St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar
Searcys' St Pancras location is conveniently placed for passengers hopping off of the Eurostar. With the title of Europe’s longest champagne bar, there are plenty of delightful champagnes to sample. The open-air bar stands out within the station with its 1920s Art Deco (heated) leather benches, polished wooden surfaces and warm lighting. Diners can relax after a long journey and people-watch under the impressive wrought-iron- and-glass station ceiling.
Not only is Texture a Michelin-starred restaurant, its bar boasts more than 100 different champagnes. Head to the champagne bar in Marylebone for a pre-dinner aperitif and unwind amid the distinguished, unique interior details, including soft lighting and duck-egg- blue lounges. The restaurant menu is heavily influenced by Scandinavian cuisines, with the specialist dishes perfectly complementing a bottle of bubbly.
Escape the bustle of the city and head forty-two floors up to the top of Tower 42, the former NatWest Tower, for a sophisticated night in Vertigo 42. Wander through the pink-lit foyer to enter the stylish bar area with floor-to- ceiling windows and a 360º view. Nothing could be better than looking out over the London skyline with a glass of champagne in hand.
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If you’re looking for a quieter evening, St Paul’s Voltaire has exactly the right intimate atmosphere. Share some champagne with friends in one of the booths and relax to your own soundtrack using the iPod docks at each table. The trendy bar is home to London’s largest selection of Pommery champagne and diners can enjoy a bottle before dark too, with the bar’s brunch and afternoon tea options. Head outside to the cigar terrace to try their range of Cuban cigars.
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