Love it or hate it, there is always a time for it (BarChick’s is first thing in the morning ideally). Our resident sommelier aka Pro BarChick once managed the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy so who better to pick out London’s most impressive bars to celebrate/impress/show off/or just spank some cash in. Enjoy!
If it’s good enough for Duran Duran’s supermodel filled ‘Girl Panic’ video, then it’ll be just fine for us! The Savoy Hotel’s shining new(ish) Beaufort Bar has over 25 Champagnes by the glass and the biggest/baddest selection of vintage Cristal you’ll find in London (yes Puff Daddy). If you can’t find what you like amongst the boutique Grower Champagne and vintage Louis Roederer, there are plenty of over-the-top Champagne cocktails and free nightly cabaret acts to keep you entertained.
The Beaufort Bar – The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R 0EU
THE STAR STUDDED
Claridge’s Bar is where hedge funders come to compare Rolexes and impress Louboutin clad ladies-who-lunch (and spank cash). The cocktail menu and Champagne selection is aimed at these big dogs, with the balls to serve rare drops, like the 1971 vintage Salon by the glass, why not? Even the waitresses wear designer gear, so dress up and come for some special occasion.
Claridge’s – Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
THE ONE FOR THE ROAD
Start your holiday/ work trip/meeting/Parisian affair with a flute of Champagne at the St Pancras Grand Champagne bar. With 30 options by the glass, a mix of affordable labels, plenty of the obvious ones and a selection of big bottles all the way up to a 15L Nebuchadnezzar. There are all sorts of info on the menu so you can learn while you drink under all that stunning architecture. Not bothered? Then just train spot yourself silly. Your booth even comes with its very own Champagne button. It’s chilly in here, but they’ve equipped you with clever little built-in blankets and under-table heaters for cosy sipping.
St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar – Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, London, N1C 4QL
THE AFFORDABLE ONE
If you live West and are looking for a glass of Champagne it doesn’t get much better than Amuse Bouche. The atmosphere is chilled and friendly, and the guys behind the bar know how to have a good time, so stay late and settle in for the night as the music gets louder and the Champagne flows. They have eight Champagnes available by the glass, all for less than £10, we say if you’re not hitting it by the bottle the Piper Heidsieck Brut NV is delicious and excellent value for money at £7.50/glass. If you’re starting to lose composure, pop up stairs to Claude’s Kitchen, the delicious food will more than sort you out. PS. a pianist takes over on Friday nights, we’ll see you there.
Amuse Bouche – 51 Parsons Green Lane, London, SW6 4JA
THE MOST UNUSUAL
Champagne and hotdogs? A combination that once sounded barking mad is now completely normal to London foodies, thanks to the chef/husband/sommelier/wife duo who brought Bubbledogs into our lives. While you might think that pigging out on a hotdog might take some of the romance out of your classy glass of bubby, somehow it works! Don’t expect to see any Jeroboams of Ace of Spades in here though, they favour the more boutiquey Grower Champagnes. Their menu of hot dogs, from an ex Noma chef, includes some fancy creations like the BLT dog, with bacon, truffle mayo and caramelized lettuce. Woof.
Bubbledogs – 70 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QG
THE CHAMPAGNE FOR WHEN YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BE IN BED
If your date’s gone well, but you need some more time to seal the deal, head up to Duck & Waffle for 24 hour cocktails, food and a nice champagne menu. There’s nothing quite as indulgent as popping a bottle at 4am from your perch high above a sleeping city. Bring your appetite along too as the food is as good as the views. Careful though, the air is thin up this high and those bubbles go straight to your head.
Duck & Waffle – Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
THE AWARD WINNING
The man behind Texture’s Champagne list, Xavier Rousset, won the title of UK sommelier of the year at the fresh age of 23. His Champagne list reflects that, with fun wines from smaller growers (think Jacques Selosse and Jacquesson) mixed in with the more famous big brands. The best part? For every budget-busting rare vintage there’s a fair priced bottle under £100. Bargain… well kinda.
Texture – 34 Portman Street, London, W1H 7BY