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Whether you want to grab a glass of bubbly before a long train journey or splurge on a bottle at The Ritz, there’s always a reason for a nice glass of fizz in London. Below, discover the capital’s finest champagne bars for when you’re feeling extra fancy.
There’s anticipation and romance in the pre-transit tipple, and the champagne bar at St Pancras International is the ideal spot to indulge in your Brief Encounter fantasies. Under the station’s impressive arched skylights, this elegant, open-plan bar claims to be the longest champagne bar in Europe, offering plenty of opportunities to seat yourself next to a handsome stranger. If not, you can always enjoy your glass of bubbly and gaze out at the bustling terminal below until it’s time to catch your train.
Though Kettner’s namesake restaurant is closed to the public, luckily you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel in order to take a seat at their ring-shaped, marble-topped champagne bar. This place definitely calls for a special occasion, mind you: the bar, steeped in 20s glamour, was once frequented by Oscar Wilde and members of the British Royal Family. Find it in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse on Soho’s Romily Street.
Champagne and hot dogs might sound like an unlikely pairing, but make for a surprisingly tasty combination. If you don’t believe us, experience it for yourself at this quirky Bloomsbury drinking den, which takes the champagne bar from fancy to hipster.
The Savoy’s American Bar is a legendary London institution, famed for its innovative cocktails and Art Deco opulence. It’s located on the Strand, central London’s famous theatre-laden thoroughfare, has been open since 1893 and was crowned the best bar in the world in 2017. Trust us, you’ll struggle to find a more iconic venue in which to sip a glass of fizz – even if it’s a little more pricey than most.
As you’d expect, champagne and cheese is the name of the game at this quaint French spot. One of three London branches, the Greenwich location sits just outside the neighbourhood’s namesake market, and serves up a delicious selection of charcuterie, bubbles and French delicacies. À votre santé!