A glass of sparkling golden champagne is the ultimate luxury, but it’s a must to know where to find it. From chic bistros to the epitome of British grandeur, here’s a guide to the capital’s finest champagne bars. Oysters are optional.
Texture Champagne Bar
The delicacy and luxury of Texture is unmissable. This exquisite champagne bar offers one of the most extensive selections of champagne in London, with over 140 different award-winning varieties to purchase by the bottle.
A wide range of champagne-based cocktails are also available, alongside aperitifs cooked by top chefs. Book a private dining room and order the tasting menu paired with champagnes for the ultimate luxury experience.
Searcys St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar
Searcys Grand Champagne Bar in St Pancras delivers seamless elegance in one of London’s most iconic settings. Guests can savour the extensive champagne list and sample delicacies within the cathedral of glass, brickwork and wrought iron that is St Pancras International.
Wisely, the bar does not try to compete with its setting in terms of ostentation. From the heated leather seats to the butter-soft light of its Art Deco lamps, Searcys is a byword for understated luxury.
The menu here offers such treats as native shellfish, including Pyefleet, Carlingford and Jersey Rock oysters and each table has a button so that guests can ‘Press for Champagne’. Your glass need never be empty.
Bob Bob Ricard
This iconic bar and restaurant offers guests a wonderfully eclectic champagne experience. Like Searcys, Bob Bob Ricard offers ‘Push for Champagne’ buttons and prides itself on pouring more fizz than any other restaurant in the UK.
The drinks menu is exceptional, with classics such as Cristal, Dom Pérignon and Bollinger well-stocked as well as plenty of rosé fizz for those who feel like something a bit different from traditional champagne.
Lest that sound like a descent into debauchery, Bob Bob Ricard maintains its decorum with ease. Its dress code is defined as simply ‘elegant’ and its series of impeccably decorated dining rooms – whose interiors are inspired by the Orient Express – are breathtaking.
Champagne + Fromage
For those who love to enjoy their champagne with cheese, this sophisticated bistro is just the thing. 25 award-winning champagnes are served alongside a carefully curated selection of more than 50 artisan cheeses and cured meats topped off with olives, grapes, figs and delicious preserves.
Champagne + Fromage are purists – all cheeses, meats and champagnes are prepared using traditional French methods and sourced from small independent suppliers, making a glass of fizz at their bistro truly exclusive.
Despite the exceptional quality of their produce, Champagne + Fromage are unpretentious.
Their three locations at Covent Garden, Brixton and Greenwich offer a relaxed and stylishly rustic atmosphere that never fails to charm.
Voltaire Cocktail Bar & Vaults
This grade II listed building’s past as a collection of prison vaults has not prevented it from becoming one of London’s most atmospheric champagne bars.
The lavishly converted vaults are now exclusive VIP areas that can be privately booked, each one with its own name and personality. Larger parties can enjoy the class of Voltaire’s Champagne Library, in which bottles are arranged on bookshelves among winged armchairs.
Voltaire offers a small but superb selection of champagnes with accompanying fish, cheese and charcuterie platters and excellent dim sum. And if you’re a traditionalist, you can also pair your champagne with a cigar.