London's 8 Finest Champagne Bars

The champagne bar at St Pancras is the perfect spot for the pre-transit tipple
The champagne bar at St Pancras is the perfect spot for the pre-transit tipple | © Paul Gapper / Alamy Stock Photo
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Assistant Editor19 December 2019

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.

Bob Bob Ricard

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, British, Russian, $$$
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Bob Bob Ricard is known for its ubiquitous 'Press for Champagne' buttons
It’s impossible to talk about Bob Bob Ricard, a glamorous Art Deco restaurant in the heart of Soho, without mentioning their dedicated champagne buttons. That’s right: there’s a ‘Press for Champagne’ button at every table, and the restaurant proudly claims to pour more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK. If you’re feeling flush, make sure to accompany your bottomless bubbly with caviar and oysters.

St Pancras Champagne Bar

Wine Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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St Pancras Champagne Bar
St Pancras Champagne Bar is the longest champagne bar in Europe | © Monica Wells / Alamy Stock Photo

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.

The Rivoli Bar

Bar, British, $$$
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The Rivoli Bar is housed in The Ritz Hotel
The Rivoli Bar is housed in The Ritz Hotel | © Nick Moore / Alamy Stock Photo
As you’d expect, The Ritz Hotel’s Rivoli Bar is decidedly glitzy. Though primarily known for cocktails, this elegant Art Deco spot in the heart of Mayfair is a suitably glam place to enjoy a bottle of bubbly. Come here in your Sunday best and you might just be mistaken for a celebrity – or at least be in with a chance of spotting one.

Kettner's Champagne Bar

Bar, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Wine, $$$
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The rotund champagne bar at Kettner's is open to the public | © Courtesy of Soho House Kettner's Townhouse Champagne Bar

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.

Amuse Bouche Champagne Bar

Wine Bar, Pub Grub
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If you like your fizz a little more rough and ready (read: affordable), this intimate bar at Parsons Green’s Amuse Bouche restaurant is the spot for you. The bar serves over 40 varieties of champagne, with some glasses costing as little as £8 (£6.50 if you opt for Prosecco). There’s even a private Perrier-Jouët room, so you and your crew can pop your corks in peace – or be as rowdy as you like.

Bubbledogs

Bar, Wine, $$$
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Bubbledogs takes the champagne bar from fancy to hipster | Courtesy of Bubbledogs

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.

American Bar at The Savoy

Bar, Cocktails, $$$
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The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London
The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel is an iconic London institution | © Mark Kelly / Alamy Stock Photo

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.

Champagne + Fromage

Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
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Champagne + Fromage serves up bottles of bubbly and French fare | Courtesy of Champagne + Fromage

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!

These recommendations were updated on December 19, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.