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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.
City of London / Bar / Cuisine: French
This New York warehouse style bar and restaurant sits comfortably in the Champagne zone of London, equidistance between Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate and Bank; a catchment area that is primarily known for business. Hence the Champagne breakfast served at Tirage suddenly becomes a viable option for entertaining clients and colleagues, especially with over 120 Champagnes and sparkling wines (some of them English) on the menu and up to 18 options by the glass too.
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.
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.
Marylebone / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: Bar
The Cumberland Hotel's Momentus Champagne Bar atones for its cumbersome moniker with a sleek, multi-level lay-out, a plum W1 location and six varieties of champagne from partners Moët, which can't help but hit the spot. Tapas and light bites including burgers and curries help to line the stomach during the evening hours, and the usual selection of cocktails and spirits are never far away, but fizz is the main event here and the Momentus staff know it. There's even a 'buy-five-glasses-get-one-free' loyalty card for the pacier champagne drinkers out there.
Texture Restaurant & Champagne Bar
Marylebone / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Icelandic chef Aggi Sverrisson has created a modern European menu that takes inspiration from his homeland with Icelandic cod, lamb served with broth, barley and root vegetables. His partner Xavier Rousset is one of the UK's high profile sommeliers and Texture's champagne bar makes for a great aperitif stop-off before dinner. An extensive champagne list boasts 88 by the bottle and five by the glass. Simple but plush creams and muted yellows give a high-class finish.
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.
Searcys Champagne Bar
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Searcys One New Change champagne bar is a unique destination in the heart of the city, located on the 1st floor of One New Change shopping centre, London's latest shopping destination on Cheapside. A trendy hotspot in the city, the bar serves the largest selection of Champagne cocktails in London, handpicked wines and premium beers. You'll love the Champagne lunch from £10 and bubbly specials between 6-9pm from only £6.50. Stylish and sophisticated, the bar is the perfect place to relax in between purchases, indulge after work or celebrate a special occasion.
Amuse Bouche Claude's Bar
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Trying to prove that champagne tastes don't require a champagne budget, a glass of house champagne at Amuse Bouche costs just £5. A cosy garden area is perfect for a chilled glass in the summer. For the other 364 days of the year the interior is simple: high tables and chairs, wooden floor and pale green walls. This is the place to go if you'd like to go out for a glass of champagne but don't feel like putting on the gladrags.
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