London is noted for its fantastic nightlife which spans the spectrum for club to bar, gig to theatre. What’s more, it’s wealth of venues includes locations dedicated to all sorts of different beverages. While London may be widely noted for its independent breweries, it is also a haven for Champagne lovers, with many importers working closely with bars and restaurants throughout the city.
Champagne bars come in many different shapes and sizes, but there are a wide variety of great options dotted around England’s capital. If you’re in the mood for a glass of bubbly, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best spaces in the city to sample your favourite tipple.
Champagne & Fromage
The clue is in the name, but this restaurant and bar, located in Brixton Village, has developed a strong reputation for excellence as a location for sampling Champagne from notable importer French Bubbles.
There’s much more than simply champagne and cheese to choose from, however, with a French-theme running throughout the dishes and drinks on offer. Expect everything from great desserts to delicious French beers and charcuterie. The champagne itself has won more than 25 awards, so you can look forward to only the highest quality.
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar
A favourite with London locals, this bar provides an affordable way to enjoy great champagne in equally stunning surroundings. There is an appealing menu to accompany, ensuring you can enjoy a few nibbles alongside your drinks while staying at the Montcalm.
Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge Bar
After an extensive refurbishment to this store’s fifth floor, the bar now provides a full range of delicious champagnes which ideally suit the exclusive locale and discerning clientele!
It is particularly busy in the evening, but you can also stop by for a few drinks in the midst of your Harvey Nichols’ shopping spree – or after a trip to the Montcalm Shoreditch Spa.
Caviar House & Prunier
This Mayfair bar and restaurant is noted for its fish dishes and caviar specialities, but there is also lots of champagne flowing! It’s considered one of the best places to go for both champagne and caviar, as could be indicated by the name of the venue itself.
In addition to a vast selection of champagnes to try on site, visitors can enjoy a selection of gift-based options, which make great mementos of your visit – or provide a very special way to treat someone back home.
St Pancras Champagne Bar
This bar is a London institution, equipped with delightful Art Deco décor and a selection of the finest champagnes in the city. You don’t have to be travelling from this destination in order to try the menu, but it’s certainly one way of preparing for your Eurostar trip!
With a glass ceiling and great local views, it’s one of the largest Champagne bars in Europe, and provides an atmospheric experience for visitors enjoying the latest London hotels special offers. It’s also dedicated to adding some glamour to the experience of travel, making it a preferable option to standard train station fare for those on route elsewhere.
Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar at the Royal Albert Hall
If you’re planning a trip to one of the city’s most historic entertainment venues, the Royal Albert Hall, then you should also ensure you pay a visit to its adjoined champagne bar! Be sure to book a table, as it can get pretty busy here after an evening at the theatre.
This is the perfect way to add some extra luxury to your champagne-sipping experience.
Champagne Bar at Harrods
If you’d like to combine superb luxury shopping with a glass of champagne, then heading to the Champagne Bar at Harrods department store is a great treat. The venue stocks drinks from Harrods’ own exclusive Champagne importer, the Hostomme family, which is long established as one of the top names in the industry for several centuries.
The champagne bar is hidden away for privacy and comfort within this sprawling shopping destination, and on your visit you’ll have the chance to try the full selection! This is the ideal location for champagne fans after enjoying a Montcalm afternoon tea earlier in the day.
With its quirky name, this champagne bar provides ample opportunities to enjoy the latest in gourmet hot dogs (including plentiful vegetarian options) or try a steak while you sip your champagne.
Reservations can be made in advance for larger groups, while half the space is reserved for walk-in visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunchtime is particularly busy, thanks to its Fitzrovia location and delightfully understated surroundings.
The highest Champagne bar in London, Vertigo42 offers not only incredible drinks but beautiful panoramic views to accompany your visit. This is an ultra-luxe way to see the city from above, and you can also choose from an extensive menu of champagnes including bottles by Laurent-Perrir and Ruinart Blanc des Blancs.
The Vaults of Voltaire
With its dramatic name, you may be expecting a somewhat more restrictive atmosphere than is offered at this bar in the City of London. Instead of being repressive and enclosed, the Vaults of Voltaire is actually a delightful space with welcoming sofas and comfy areas for sitting or standing while enjoying a glass of champagne.
It’s become a favourite with City workers seeking a way to unwind in the evening after a busy day, with an extensive champagne list and vast selection of cocktails on offer.
Searcy’s Champagne Bar
Another treat for avid shoppers, this bar is located in the luxurious surroundings of the Westfield London Shopping Centre, where it is hemmed by top retail destinations such as Prada, Gucci and Tiffany & Co. With stylish interior décor and ornate touches (think large chandeliers and a real feeling of opulence), the bar matches its location for luxury, and provides a welcome respite from shopping for those ready to relax and reflect on their most recent luxury purchases.