Champagne Bars

Flutes and flutes of golden bubbles

Jah, dahling. Bloody jah.

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...




Champagne & Fromage
22 Wellington Street Covent Garden WC2E 7DD
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: 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.

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  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Vertigo 42
25 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HQ
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: 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.

  • USERS 7/10
Texture
34 Portman Street W1H 7BY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: 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.

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  • 37/100
Shampers
4 Kingly Street W1B 5PE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: 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.

  • USERS 8/10
Champagne Charlies
Villiers Street WC2N 6NG
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross

AIL Says: 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.

    Amuse Bouche
    51 Parsons Green Lane SW6 4JA
    Region: Fulham
    Nearest Station: Parsons Green

    AIL Says: 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.

      Claridge's Bar
      55 Brook Street W1K 4HX
      Region: Mayfair
      Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.1 miles)

      AIL Says: 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.

        The Beaufort Bar
        Strand WC2R 0EU
        Region: The Strand
        Nearest Station: Holborn (0.1 miles)

        AIL Says: 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.

        • OUR REVIEW 9/10
        Catch Champagne Bar and Lounge
        40 Liverpool Street EC2M 7QN
        Region: The City
        Nearest Station: Liverpool Street

        AIL Says: Andaz is the favourite hotel of City folk, and it's home to Catch Bar & Lounge. They focus on a few select champagne families with various varieties for each. For instance there's Ruinart, with the choice of a half bottle of rose, brut, or a vintage from 1998.

          Searcys Champagne Bar
          Pancras Road NW1 2QL
          Region: Regent's Park
          Nearest Station: King's Cross St. Pancras

          AIL Says: 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.

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          • USERS 6/10


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