Sipping on a crisp glass of Champagne is one of life’s true pleasures. Since its inception in the 17th century, Champagne has been the number one celebratory tipple of choice, marking occasions from coronations to christenings worldwide. The original and the best, it’s no surprise that Champagne has a holiday all of its own, with 18 October dedicated to the golden, effervescent drink.
According to statistics from Comité Champagne, the UK consumes more Champagne than anywhere else. Francoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK said “There has always been a love-affair between Britain and Champagne. We share 300 years of history and the UK remains the world’s leading export market in volume, consuming more champagne than the US and Japan – quite a feat considering our comparative size! In London we are spoiled for choice, from West End and Mayfair bars to enjoy the traditional Champagne experience, through to vibrant, trendy hang-outs for neo-consumers in the East End."
Read on for some of our favourite places in London to toast Champagne Day 2019...
The Dorchester Bar at The Dorchester, Mayfair
The Bar at The Dorchester has an illustrious history, and with Bar Manager Giuliano Morandin having been at the helm for 37 years, you know you are in good hands. With a diverse selection of houses and growers in standard bottles to magnums, this classic bar is the perfect place to sip a sophisticated glass of Champagne.
Kwãnt at Momo, Mayfair
Underneath Momo restaurant in Mayfair you will find hidden treasure Kwãnt. With a warm, quirky atmosphere, this speakeasy style bar is not the first place you would think of to drink Champagne, but its fantastic options and the hospitality of the hosts will make you wonder why you hadn’t thought of it before.
Searcy’s Champagne Bar, St Pancras
For those of you travelling on Champagne Day, why settle for a plastic cup of M&S’s finest, when you can relax in style and await your train in Searcy’s dedicated champagne bar, situated on the upper concourse of St Pancras Station. Boasting the title of Europe’s longest Champagne bar, the ‘press for Champagne’ buttons are a novel touch, and the individual blankets and heated leather seats will keep you toasty as the winter sets in.
Cabotte, The City
Founded by two Master Somelliers, this traditional wine bar and restaurant is more well known for its Burgundies, but their knowledge of Champagne is just as impressive as their list, that boasts some of the finest Champagnes in the world. For those seeking something intimate and a little more traditional, this is the place to go.
Aviary, The City
Perched atop the 10th floor of the new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary is famous for its rooftop bar with unrivalled views of the city, and has a fantastic Champagne list to boot. With its newly-opened, fairy-lit igloos adding a touch of festive magic, this apres work city hotspot is perfect for watching the winter nights draw in.
Lyaness at Sea Containers, Southbank
Voted one of the top 50 World’s Best Bars, the award-winning bar (formlery Dandelyan) at Sea Containers is one of the best places to pop a bottle of fizz. With chic interiors and stunning views of The Thames, sit back and relax while the knowledgeable bar staff pick the perfect Champagne for your palate.