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There are times when only champagne will do. And the rest of the time, well, any excuse will do. Such is the warm, fuzzy stranglehold that champagne has on the hearts and minds of this nation (and in France too, I’m told). It’s just a matter of choosing a suitable location in London, preferably imbued with all the glamour and glitz of a good Moët, perhaps. It just so happens that London has more than its fair share of first-rate venues dedicated to the beauty of bubbly; we’ve narrowed them down to a titillating Top 10 champagne bars in London. So put on your top and tails, and celebrate your birthday/anniversary/day ending with a “y” with a glass or two at these fine establishments.
St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar
Kings Cross / Bar / Cuisine: British
Putting some glamour back into railway travel, the 96m champagne bar at St Pancras station is touted as the longest champagne bar in Europe but in winter months it could also be known as the coldest champagne bar, thanks to its large open entrances. But a glass of bubbly is a much better send off than a Big Mac and Coke. And the design of the bar, heated banquette seating and superb view of St Pancras's vaunted ceiling and passers-by make it a keeper on Fluid's list even in the cold months.
Champagne + Fromage
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
France has some of the best exports that we can't live without: good smelly cheese, creamy and delightful; and champagne, crisp, bubbly and perfect for the fanciest occasion. Champagne + Fromage have married these two delights and created a shop and bistro that's entirely cheese and wine. Their focal point is their champagne which has won over 25 awards. Clueless bubbly lovers are given a chance to learn their way around the treasured grape with a monthly champagne tasting session. Enjoy their sixteen different champagnes and take part in the champagne afternoon tea which adds fizz to little finger sandwiches.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
At Kettner's you can be transported back to the decadent 1920s whilst sipping on the largest array of Champagnes London has to offer. Kettner's, Soho now hosts over one hundred Champagne houses, many from small family growers. They also have their very own Champagne Club. Every month, Kettner's Champagne experts invite members to join them in Champagne Tastings at a special member's rate. Members are also treated to a free glass of 'Champagne Of The Month' each month, as well as a 20% discount in the Brasserie after each tasting. Membership is £50. Email Jennifer@kettners.com.
Searcys Champagne Bar
Shepherds Bush / Bar / Cuisine: European
Adding a touch of glamour to the luxury Westfield London Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush, Searcys Champagne Bar is the social heart of The Village. Surrounded by the likes of Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Prada, it's somewhere to watch the world go by. Combining stylish, oyster-colored leather with polished nickel, punctuated by an ornate chandelier, the opulent décor marks the venue as one of the top bars in London for atmosphere alone. It's the perfect environment in which to relax after a day of shopping, or to mull over a possible extravagant purchase with a customary flute of fizz.
Fifth Floor Bar
Knightsbridge / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Playing up to its champagne chic credentials, the Fifth Floor bar is decked out like an art nouveau salon, the bar is full of lime green and acid pink velour upholstered chaise lounges, sofas and armchairs. Admittedly, the vibe can be a little 'aren't we rich' but it's a great Saturday afternoon drinks hangout. A cupcake from Ella's Bakehouse and glass of champers costs £15 on mid-week afternoons.
Liberty Champagne and Oyster Bar
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Seafood
Definitely a place for ladies that lunch - having spent a bucketload on Liberty's treasure trove of goods, shoppers probably don't think anything about spending £150 on a bottle of Krug Grand Cuvee. The former Edwardian storeroom is surprisingly light and airy, with a good sized curved bar that sippers can sit at. Not all champagnes are so pricey though: Liberty serves two by the glass starting at £8.50.
The Vaults at Voltaire
City of London / Bar /
Whilst vaults may conjure up images of massive metal doors with spinning locks that never let you leave, the Grade II listed Vaults at Voltaire are completely different. Take a former jail, give it a refurbish with some plush sofas and you have a champagne lover?s dream. The Vaults at Voltaire can be proud to say that they house the most extensive list of Pommery champagne which is legendary in France. Sit in the oval vaults or at the bar and enjoy good company, drink over twenty elite champagnes, an array of cocktails and smoke Cuban cigars amongst the elite clientele.
Fitzrovia / Restaurant / Cuisine: Meat
Bubbledogs is a Champagne bar that does not serve caviar. Instead, sink your teeth into gourmet hot dogs and quench your thirst with some of the world?s greatest grower Champagnes. Bubbledogs offers a menu of 14 hot dogs served on traditional steamed buns. Prices start at £6. There are three types of hot dogs on our menu: all beef, all pork, and vegetarian. Gluten free buns are available upon request. Bubbledogs accepts reservations for parties of 6 guests or more at dinner time. There are lunch reservations available for smaller parties. Half of the restaurant is reserved for walk-in guests.
Caviar House & Prunier
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Fish
No prizes for knowing what goes best with Champagne - it rhymes with caviar; and is caviar - and this central London shop-cum-restaurant is the best place to go for both. The combination of bubbles and salty caviar is confirmation enough that, yeh, life is all good. The house Champagne here is only £45 a bottle and there are plenty of light bites and luxury gifts to purchase as well so this would suit a shopping expedition or a special treat for that special someone.
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
The Gilgamesh's Belle Époque champagne bar adds a distinct Parisienne twist to the already quirky and internationally popular venue at Camden Lock. Replacing the restaurant's former and eccentric Tea House, the Belle Époque champagne bar has décor that reflects the 1902 period when the prestigious Epernay-based Champagne House Perrier Jouet produced its first bottle of Belle Époque, 'a champagne of elegance and finesse' highlighting the best chardonnay's of the Cotes des Blancs.
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