Fact: your average bottle of Champagne contains about 49 million bubbles.
Slightly exaggerated fact: your average city contains about 49 million Champagne bars.
And yes, while that stat was a teeny bit inflated, the point still stands. The bubbly stuff is so popular, you can literally get it in a sandwich shop. But there are places where you merely can drink it, and places where you want to be seen drinking it.
These are the latter. Behold, the best Champagne bars in London…
Fortnum & Mason’s | Piccadilly
Check out whatever mind-bending window display they have on offer, browse shelves filled with a few of the finer things in life, and head to the wine bar for a glass of one of the finest.
Address: 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
The Ritz | Piccadilly
They don’t call it “puttin’ on The Travelodge”. And when you head to the achingly gorgeous art deco Rivoli Bar for a glass of the good stuff, you’ll find out why.
Address: 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9BR
Bob Bob Ricard | Soho
If there’s one place in the Capital that’s going to be good for Champagne, it’s the place that has buttons labeled “Press For Champagne” at literally every booth. And yes, every table is a booth.
Address: 1 Upper James St, Soho, W1F 9DF
B&H Buildings | Farringdon
Champagne was only given its AOC status in the thirties, which is appropriate, because Bourne & Hollingsworth’s immaculately furnished retro space feels like it was ripped out of that very decade. Now grab a Chesterfield, and order some bubbles. Pip pip!
Address:42 Northampton Rd, Farringdon, EC1R 0HU
Olympic Studios | Barnes
Olympic Studios is both a beautiful, art deco-ey bar/restaurant, and a beautiful, art deco-ey cinema. And both of them will furnish you with a table upon which you can share a bottle of sparkling wine (like the three types of Perrier-Jouët they have, for instance).
Address: Olympic Studios, Church Rd, SW13 9HL
12th Knot | South Bank
The jewel box that is 12th Knot overlooks the Thames, and quite frankly provides incredible views both inside and out. Pair that with some of the best bubbles money can buy, and you’re onto a winner.
Address: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
Not much of a Champagne drinker? Check out your Official Spirits Bar Guide in London