Whether you’re toasting to an anniversary, a birthday, an engagement or another milestone, nothing says celebration like a glass of champagne. Saying that, you don’t necessarily need a reason to drink it – as Coco Chanel once said, ‘I only drink champagne on two occasions: when I’m in love and when I’m not.’ Whatever you’re toasting to, ensure your setting is suitably glamorous by heading to one of London‘s many chic champagne bars. Here are our favourites.
The Best Champagne Bars in London
With its palatial interiors and grand feel, Marylebone hotel The Landmark is the perfect spot for a glass of fizz – particularly with its new champagne bar. Part of a big refurbishment at the hotel, the spot is housed within the central glass atrium, beneath a foliage-lined glasshouse. Glamorous interiors from Alex Kravetz Design feature a regal colour palette of rich blues, greens and golds, with plush sofas and armchairs to enjoy drinks on. The menu includes a diverse range of champagnes alongside seafood-focused small plates – think scallop ceviche, Brixham white crab, and caviar. Guests can also opt to have the High Seas High Tea, a seafood twist on afternoon tea featuring crab sandwiches, poached langoustine tartlets and hand-crafted pastries.
222 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 6JQ; landmarklondon.co.uk
London Calling at Selfridges
Moët & Chandon’s champagne bar at Selfridges, themed around our beloved capital city, is an absolute must-visit for lovers of fizz. The London Calling bar features a design inspired by the classic red telephone booth, alongside a photographic exhibition of 10 key moments in London from 1908 to the 1990s. Guests can enjoy a range of Moët & Chandon wines, including its iconic Moët Impérial and Rosé Impérial styles which have appeared at London’s most glamorous events over the years.
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB; selfridges.com
Champagne Room at The Connaught
This hidden gem within The Connaught hotel is the place to go if you prefer a refined, intimate vibe to the big cork-popping celebrations. Even the most discerning guest will be impressed by the vintages and bottles on offer, all served in glistening bespoke Baccarat crystal glasses. The height of luxury.
Connaught, Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL; the-connaught.co.uk
St Pancras Champagne Bar
Whether or not you’re Eurostar-bound, the St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys is a destination in its own right. The iconic location houses the longest champagne bar in Europe, and the glass ceiling, Art Deco furnishings and constant comings-and-goings below make for an especially romantic glass or two of bubbly. After a few, you may even be tempted to embark on an impromptu trip to Paris…
St. Pancras, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL; stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk
There are few things more decadent than heading to The Ritz for your celebrations. The Rivoli cocktail bar is one of London’s finest, and its menu has an entire page dedicated to champagne, as well as one for caviar – a most perfect and natural of marriages. Go all out.
150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.com
Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar at the Royal Albert Hall
It’s all in the name. From crisp La Cuvée to the memorable Grand Siècle, Laurent-Perrier shows off its best bubbles in the eponymous bar on the Grand Tier of the Royal Albert Hall. Book a table before your chosen performance for a memorable evening out to the theatre, just as it should be.
Grand Tier, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
Champagne Bar at Harrods
Harrods‘ exclusive champagne provider, the Hostomme family, has been established in the Champagne region for over three centuries. Head to the legendary department store’s hidden champagne bar to try the full selection – you won’t be disappointed.
87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL; harrods.com
Champagne + Fromage
Champagne and cheese: a slightly unconventional combination, but who’s complaining? With six London sites, you can get your fill of two of France’s greatest exports in the form of weekly tastings, masterclasses and fizzed-up afternoon teas, or just head straight to the bar to enjoy some of the finest grower champagnes around.
Various locations; champagneplusfromage.co.uk
Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Bar
F0llowing Harvey Nichols’ major fifth-floor refurbishment, the store’s flagship bar is back in business serving London-inspired cocktails as well as big-name champagnes befitting the Knightsbridge postcode. Mid-shopping pitstops ease into buzzy evenings here – especially when there’s a nine-litre Perrier-Jouët Salmanazar on the menu…
109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ; harveynichols.com
Located at the top of Tower 42, London’s highest champagne bar offers unbeatable views of the city to accompany a glass of bubbly – the high-life indeed. Book a seat facing outwards to best take in your surroundings and order the Laurent-Perrier Champagne flight to help expand your palate. For a truly special event, go all out with a bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HN; opentable.co.uk/vertigo