It’s Friday which means it’s time to celebrate, and in the words of Brigitte Bardot; ‘Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired’. We couldn’t agree with her more. Not only does it have fewer calories than any other alcoholic tipple, it can’t help but make you feel sophisticated – not that we needed any excuse to divulge in a glass or two. Whether it’s pink with strawberries or your classic Moet, we’ve rounded up our favourite Champagne bars to go and enjoy the good stuff. And good stuff it has to be, we’ll be able to tell if it’s ‘Charlemagne’…
London's highest Champagne Bar
Check yourself in and get your panoramic app at the ready at one of the highest and stylish bars in London. Located at the top of Tower 42, this is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day at the office, taking in the impressive views of the City with some cocktail vinci olives and a flute (not the instrument kind). Try out three different champagnes from the Laurent-Perrier range, our favourite being the orange and raspberry Champagne cocktail.
Where: Level 42, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ
Bubbles and dogs
For something a little less la de dar and a cool alternative to the grand champagne bars, check out this unique and friendly place. You would normally pair Champagne with caviar and hotdogs with fries but being ‘normal’ is boring, right? The main thing is that this new pairing won’t disappoint. Our favourite is the Mac Daddy (mac ‘n’ cheese, crispy onions and bacon bits) teamed with a glass of ‘A little pink won’t hurt’ (Juillet-Lallement, Rosé), which we can assure you it won’t, as long as you don’t polish off the whole bottle that is…
Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QG
Champagne and Cigars
This historic grade II listed building is apparently setting a new precedence for London’s social scene as a new haunt for champagne drinkers and cigar lovers alike. Crank up that celebration whatever it may be and book a private VIP area, which are transformed prison vaults complete with your own personal waiter. Intrigued? We definitely were. Enjoy some Pommery Champagne with the chef’s signature dim sum platter including scallop shumai and chicken and spinach dumplings.
Where: 19 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6DB, UK
Nearest station: Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
A bit like being on the Orient Express
Time travel back to the 1920’s and imagine yourself in an art deco train carriage, chatting with friends and sipping on some Champers. And here you are. This amazing bar has gone all out with its train like interior and fancy curtains creating intimate booths for an unforgettable evening (make sure you book ahead). Feel a little like royalty while you indulge on the Alverta Caviar or grilled oysters with béarnaise sauce. You can even push the ‘Press for Champagne’ button when you need a top up, oh how the other half live!
Where: 1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9D
1920s Prohibition sips and style
The pride of London, and indeed the world’s ‘American Bars’, so-called after the trend of transatlantic travel taking off in the early 20th century, the American Bar at The Savoy is renowned for classy cocktails and intimate service. Thankfully the Prohibition has been lifted but with a no reservations policy we hope your luck doesn’t fizzle before you get the chance to try a Vintage Dom. It’s certainly on The Handbook’s bucket list.
Where: Strand, London WC2R 0EU
French food and fabulous fizz
Est. 2006, Claude’s Bar has become a local favourite in Parsons Green, serving a wide selection of Champagnes from the most prominent Champagne houses of Reim and Épernay through to more unique names, catering to the most discerning Champagne connoisseur. And if Champagne prices tend to make your eyes water then fear not because here prices start at under £40 a bottle.
Where: 51 Parsons Green Lane, Parsons Green, SW6 4JA
Rustic bubbles and cheese
Champagne and Fromage in Brixton Village Market is perfect for those who like their Champagne without a taste of bittersweet snobbery, sit on rickety stools outside or pull up an upturned barrel and squeeze around a table inside – it’s all about drinking and not worrying about etiquette. Bragging one of London’s most varied Champagne menus, from Vintage through to Demi-Sec and some great cheese and charcuterie – if it’s not one your bucket list then you’re missing out.
Where: Unit 10-11 Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PR
Champagne through the ages
With the motto, “save water, drink Champagne” at the top of their menu, you know Texture is a winner from the start. Welcoming restaurant diners for pre-dinner aperitifs and the city’s most discerning clientele, Texture Champagne Bar offers style, luxury and over 140 champagnes purchasable by the bottle. Fusing exclusivity with accessibility, the menu is informatively tailored with the history of each champagne available so there’s no excuse to get your tasting notes in a muddle.
Where: 34 Portman Street, Marylebone, W1H 7BY