When it comes to our favourite times of the year, you have Christmas, your birthday, Easter and then probably National Champagne Week. Seven days where it’s pretty much mandatory to drink Champagne…not Cava, not Prosecco, just pure Champagne. We’ve rounded up eight ways to celebrate this year… You don’t want to end up like economist John Maynard Keynes who said “My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne” – that is one regret you don’t need.
Champagne and Caviar
You can’t beat the French sophistication of Sofitel London St James during National Champagne Week. A 90 minute bottomless Champagne afternoon tea is being served in the Rose Lounge for the week; scones, sandwiches and patisseries accompanied by a harpist. Or take your sophistication into night time mode and move into The Balcon. The restaurant is the only in the UK to serve all 3 types of Caviar Sturia (aka the Rolls Royce of caviar): Oscietre, Origin and Vintage.
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Champagne in a Palace Garden
Drink your Champagne in a palace this week as Blenheim Palace host a Perrier-Jouët afternoon tea in the Orangery Restaurant all week long. Dutch designer Tord Boontje has created an Enchanted Tree from which you can pluck your Champagne flute to accompany classic afternoon tea treats created by Searcys’ Head Pastry Chef. Sunday 2nd October sees a 3 cuvee tasting flight of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, Blason Rose and Belle Epoque prestige cuvée – book in advance if this takes your fancy.
1st-7th October, midday-2.30pm
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: No station near here (0 miles)
4-Course Champagne Pairing Dinner
For city slickers and culture vultures, Osteria (inside The Barbican) is hosting an exclusive dinner with Louis Roederer on Monday 3rd October. Guests can indulge in a 4-course pairing dinner created by Head Chef Patrick Leano with canapés and dishes complimenting the taste of NV Brut Premier, Blanc de Blancs 2009, Carte Blanche and Cristal.
Monday 3rd October 6.30-9pm
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
17th Floor Champagne Pairing
Urban Coterie is already one of our top picks of where to sip your Champagne with a view but now they’re getting on the Champagne Week bandwagon with a Champagne and canapé pairing. Taking place on Thursday 6th October, the event will see Marie Boularand (UK Ambassador for Champagne Besserat de Bellefon) talking guests through three house styles and how they compliment accompanying canapés.
Thursday 6th October, 6.30-8pm
Where: 151-157 City Road, London, EC1V 1JH
Enchanted Hanging Garden
Sanderson are teaming up with Perrier Jouët to transform their courtyard into an enchanted hanging garden. There’ll be living walls and floating plants, surrounding a striking sculpture that represents the connections made when talking – we’ve definitely made our share of new best friends when we’ve had a Champagne or two… Botanical Champagne cocktails will be the order of the day which you can personalise with the likes of pear and elderflower or orgeat and ratafia liqueurs, edible flowers and kaffir and lime leaves. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to make it this week, you have until January.
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
The Alfred Tennyson in Belgravia have recently launched their new weekend brunch where you can indulge in bottomless Billecart-Salmon NV Champagne for two hours. Whilst you’re drinking you can feast on the likes of pancakes with vanilla, pecans, roasted peaches and mascarpone; wild mushrooms with spinach and galotyri omelette and baked eggs with spinach, ricotta, pine nuts and flat breads. And the best part – it isn’t just for National Champagne week either!
Where: 10 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
We aren’t going to say no to a great deal, tell us something is 2 for 1 and you can guarantee we’re going to buy it, whether we need it or not. #Thrifty. Mint Leaf however have the best deal for Champagne Week with their offering of two glasses for the price of one. Nice one.
Where: 12 Angel Court, Lothbury, Bank, London, EC2R 7HB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank (0.2 miles)
Champagne Rather Than Prosecco
To celebrate Champagne Week, Farringdon, live music bar, Piano Works have teamed up with Perrier Jouet to offer bottles for just £32. So you can move over to your usual order of Prosecco and say hello to the Champagne. This isn’t just for Champagne week though this is a regular Wednesday offer – it’s Wine Wednesdays of the sparkling variety.
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)