In the heart of London, a city renowned for its timeless traditions and cosmopolitan charm, a sparkling revolution is underway. From the banks of the River Thames to the bustling streets of Mayfair, the enchanting fizz of Champagne has become a cherished elixir, a symbol of celebration, and a delightful indulgence for residents and tourists alike. The rich history of Champagne consumption in the United Kingdom, coupled with a growing appreciation for the effervescent libation, has transformed London into a haven for Champagne enthusiasts.
Champagne, with its effervescent allure and undeniable charm, has enjoyed a long and storied history in the United Kingdom. While it might be widely associated with France, it was the English who played a pivotal role in popularizing this luxurious beverage. The love affair between Britain and Champagne dates back to the late 17th century when Christopher Merret, a British scientist, documented the process of adding sugar to wine to create a sparkling effect—a fundamental breakthrough that paved the way for the creation of modern Champagne.
Fast forward to today, and Champagne has become an integral part of British culture. Whether it’s to mark a special occasion, elevate a casual get-together, or simply savor a taste of luxury, Londoners and visitors to the city now flock to a plethora of exquisite Champagne bars that cater to every palate and preference. The ritual of clinking flutes filled with golden bubbles has evolved into a cherished pastime, making it no surprise that London has embraced this effervescent trend with open arms.
Join us on a sparkling journey through the bustling streets of London, where we’ll explore the best spots to drink Champagne in this vibrant city. From opulent rooftop terraces to cozy hidden gems, we’ll unveil the venues that offer not only exceptional Champagne selections but also an ambiance that makes every sip a memorable experience. So, whether you’re a seasoned Champagne connoisseur or a newcomer eager to explore the world of bubbles, London’s Champagne scene promises an effervescent adventure like no other. Cheers to a sparkling exploration of the city’s finest Champagne bars!
Searcys, Battersea Power Station and St Pancras
On 18th October 2023, Searcys will be opening its newest venue at Battersea Power Station. The 76-cover bar and dining space will feature a mix of plush, deep blue velvet seating with polished brass detailing and a 15-cover marble-topped bar with the signature ‘press for Champagne’ buzzers at each table.
1st Floor, Turbine Hall, Battersea Power Station, 21 Circus Road West, SW11 8EZ
One of Searcys other iconic venues, located in the heart of St Pancras station – and London’s gateway to France and the Champagne region – St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys is Europe’s longest Champagne Bar. This bar features an impressive Champagne list, Champagne service buttons and beautiful Art Deco finishings, as well as being the best location to start any train journey.
St. Pancras, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL
Artists’ Bar, The Dorchester
The Dorchester is one of London’s most iconic hotels and its recent major redesign saw the transformation of Artists’ Bar, the jewel of the hotel’s Promenade. The glamourous interior is surrounded by art from lesser- known female creatives, and the high stools of the Artists’ bar offers the perfect location to enjoy a glass of Champagne and indulge in all that The Dorchester has to offer.
The Dorchester, 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Berners Tavern at The London EDITION
Berners Tavern offers all-day dining with a menu of seasonal, contemporary British Cuisine. Do not miss the special Champagne Trolley – showcasing a large Champagne selection to tempt diners…
The London EDITION, 10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP
Champagne + Fromage
Champagne + Fromage first opened in Covent Garden in 2011 and has since grown into a multi-location concept serving Champagne and cheese with a rustic flare to London. As well as being an excellent venue to try a range of grower Champagnes, Champagne + Fromage also hosts Champagne tastings, and ‘meet the producer’ events.
Champagne + Fromage, 22 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
Noble Rot, Soho
Noble Rot started out as a magazine about wine, food and the creative arts in 2013, before opening restaurants in Bloomsbury in 2015, Soho in 2020 and more recently in Mayfair in 2023. With its impressive list of growers and houses, Noble Rot is one of the best venues in London for guests to experience a range of Champagne wines that they may not have tried before.
Noble Rot, Soho, 2 Greek Street, London W1D 4NB
Gordon’s Wine Bar
: Located in central London near Embankment and Charing Cross stations, is a beloved institution and one of the oldest wine bars in the city. Stepping into Gordon’s is like stepping back in time, as it exudes a unique and nostalgic charm.
One of the highlights of Gordon’s is its outdoor terrace, which provides a delightful escape from the city buzz. The outdoor seating area, adorned with leafy greenery and vintage decor, allows patrons to savor their drinks in an enchanting al fresco setting.
47 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE