I love champagne. Coincidentally, so do the British. Since moving to London I have imbibed more bubbles than ever before. And not just at bars, either. The city has a long list of places to have champagne, and since it’s summer and I’ve been doing my fair share of it, I have put together a list of five great places to drink champagne in London.
CATCH Champagne Bar & Lounge
London’s newest champagne bar is the CATCH Champagne Bar & Lounge at the Andaz Liverpool Street hotel. I went to the opening party recently and had a glass (or two…) under the sparkling chandeliers. The new lounge is housed in the former CATCH restaurant space, and I liked the intimate atmosphere and elegant decor.
The Connaught Bar
One of my favorite places to sip champagne in London is the Connaught Bar. Their beautiful champagne coupes caught my eye on my first visit, and the steely English Cubist-inspired interior always makes me feel like I’ve stepped into The Great Gatsby. I was recently invited back to enjoy some bubbly in the cool ambiance of the bar, and was tempted to buy a whole set of the glasses to take home.
Champagne Afternoon Teas
The Royal Child Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum Hotel
No afternoon tea in London would be complete without a glass of champagne. This is particularly true when said tea is in celebration of a new royal baby. I recently sampled a special Royal Child Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum Hotel, which comes complete with champagne and a photo gallery of royal children and mothers-to-be throughout the ages. There’s a particularly pretty portrait of an expectant Kate Middleton, who is due this week!
Champagne on Departure
Searcys at St Pancras Grand
Perhaps the most famous champange bar in London, Searcys at St Pancras station is a long bar running next to the Eurostar trains. I was invited for a drink last week, and loved the romanticism of the pre-travel glass of bubbly. The red leather booths were classic and comfortable, and the extensive champagne list even had its own flavor guide. But the best thing about the experience was the champagne button. Amazing.
The Condorde Room at Heathrow
One of the most exclusive champagne bars in London is British Airways’ Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5. Open only to first class passengers (we wouldn’t want to rub elbows with the riff raff in business class, now would we?), the lounge features premium vintage champagnes and is one of my favorite places for a pre-flight drink. A very bon voyage!