London’s most seductive Champagne bars
Perfect for date night or simply to celebrate a successful day, these five Champagne bars have that all important wow factor.
We may like wine for dinner or a cocktail to start the evening, but for a celebration (big or small), nothing beats bubbly. London has a multitude of dedicated Champagne bars and we’ve whittled it down to a select few; remarkable for their location, décor or extensive choice. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re lucky in love of just looking to relax, nothing beats Champagne.
For the exhausted fashionista, “Champers at Harvey Nicks” has always been the perfect pick-me-up, and it’s easy to see why. The flagship Knightsbridge store features the Fifth Floor Bar, decked out oh-so-prettily in grey and white marble and powder-blue banquettes. Choose from a mix of vintage and non-vintage or excellent Champagne cocktails, let your shopping bags drop, enjoy the pretty view over Knightsbridge… and relax.
109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
T: 020 7235 5000
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When it first opened, the bar’s quirky menu (which included cornflakes), caused some confusion but pink-clad waiting staff and wonderful décor – with a dedicated ‘push for champagne’ button – quickly grabbed our imagination. It’s delightfully romantic without being obvious – the design and atmosphere is more akin to a glamorous 1920s movie than a sentimental couples catcher, and its booths bring privacy whether you are visiting in a romantic or business capacity. And did we mention the Champagne button at every table..?
1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF
T: 020 3145 1000
Named after the French poet and dilettante, Voltaire Champagne Bar is right in the heart of the city, occupying underground vaults that were a onetime prison and bank before becoming a wonderfully louche bar. It features a series of tiny rooms tucked into each vault space, so you and your friends can be completely comfortable as you enjoy the impressive Champagne menu that is heavy on the Pommery.
19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB
T: 020 7438 8059
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
Sure, the American Bar at the Savoy is more famous, but this exquisite bar has to be seen to be believed. Built on the hotel’s original cabaret stage (George Gershwin once performed there) it’s a fabulous Art Deco room with huge arched booths covered in gold leaf – wonderfully decadent. With more than 40 Champagne varieties, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU
T: 020 7836 4343
Searcys St. Pancras Champagne Bar
Even in the age of social media and cheap flights, there’s something so romantic, something very Brief Encounter about trains and railways stations. Searcys St. Pancras Champagne Bar makes the most of its upper concourse location in the soaring Victorian arches of St. Pancras International station. The cosy leather booths and Art Deco styling add to a delicious atmosphere of nostalgia and sweet partings. And, yes: they also have Champagne buttons on every table, perfect for creating your own brief encounter.
St Pancras International Station, Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse
62 Euston Road, London N1C 4QP
T: 020 7870 9900