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So, Prosecco is currently having its day in the sun. That's fine. And good luck to it. But nothing quite hits the aristo G-spot like a flute of golden Champagne. The cleanness and crispness of Champers can't quite be matched by its Italian cousin.
Plus, you just can't get away with drinking Prosecco at the polo. And at the Ambassadors reception? Oh, per-lease.
Join the ranks of the bevi-ennobled: head along to our favourite London champagne bars...
Check out London's best Champagne bars
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Champagne + Fromage is the teeny cafe attached to French Bubbles, a shop selling grower champagnes. Here they pair cheeses and charcuterie with bubbles rather than wine. You're unlikely to find Bolly here, as they only sell champagne from independent, family-run growers, all of which have won awards.
Billed as London's highest champagne bar, it's perched at the very top of Tower 42, previously known as the NatWest building. Thanks to the 360 degree lounge, drinkers get views over the whole of the City. Most of the famous champagne names are here with a fair few by the glass, and magnums for those with generous expense accounts.
Scandi-inspired restaurant Texture has a bar with 140 different champagnes. They range from the mega expensive 1989 Louis Roederer priced at £700 to the more affordable(ish) Gaston Chiquet for £60.
The decor at Shampers has barely changed since it opened in 1977. All the classic bubblies are available here, including Perrier-Jouet, Dom Perignon and Larmandier. Pair the fizz with oysters and fish, or something else from their mostly British menu.
There are a few venues tucked under the arches of Charing Cross station, but this is the only one with a big choice of champagnes. What also makes it special is its cosy, cavernous feel thanks to brick walls and low ceilings for a bit of rustic meets high end, particularly if you choose to swig the Louis Roederer Cristal which is £200 a pop.
Although their fizz is listed under 'spray' on the menu, it's not one of those molecular experiences where the booze sprayed into the air (or directly on you) for you to inhale. Far from it, as it's more of a neighbourhood favourite among Parsons Green locals. You'll find well-loved Dom Perignon, Taittinger and Veuve Cliquot as well as few lesser known gems here.
One of London's, if not the world's most famous bars, Claridge's boasts decor by restaurant designer par excellence David Collins, as well as a huge array of champagnes with a dozen by the glass. Go for a swanky night to impress someone.
When The Savoy opened in 1889 it was the UK's very first luxury hotel. It became the favourite haunt of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor when they were visiting during their entertaining duties. The Beaufort Bar launched in 2010, with a fine selection of vintage and non-vintage bubbles. The cheapest glass will set you back £23, but this is the kind of place you go to be spoilt.
Searcy's have several champagne bars dotted around, but we particularly like the St. Pancras one. Art deco styling and the rumble of the trains make it more than just a train station pit stop - it's a destination in its own right. Tables are fitted with buttons to call for more champers, and their selection includes many varieties by the glass as well as splurge-worthy bottles like the Armand de Brignac priced at £490.