What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar.

Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society haunts.

Today may be the official opening, but on Tuesday The Handbook team headed down to the opening party. Having the capital’s largest collection of Pommery champagne, guests sipped on champagne, smoked cigars, nibbled on prawn toast and danced to Sophie Ellis Bextor’s and husband Richard Jones dj set. Entertainment came in the form of professional dancers in giant oversized champagne glasses and gorgeously toned men in fur, adding to the aesthetics. Having joined up with charity Dreams Come True there was also a silent auction, a party with a charity conscious. Voltaire has also partnered with Temple Spa, the award winning luxury aromatherapy – infused skin care range, to bring five delicious cocktails, such as the confidence boosting All Talk: Cointreau, rum martini, Lillet Rose and sage, when you order one of these beguiling blends you receive a Temple Spa product to take home, and guests were lucky enough to be given some of these great products on Tuesday as they left. Which is just as well, as the party went on late in to the night, and they were the perfect remedy to soothe tired eyes on Wednesday.

With a wonderful globally influenced menu, featuring the likes of wild Boar Scotch eggs and muddled up fish skewers, legendary champagne and the finest cigars, the bar with the colourful history is now definitely more on the side of palace than prison. 


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