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champers bars

Hello all: I've done a TA search, the information I gleaned is from 2005/06, not current at all. Can you tell me where the good champagne bars are now? Thanks in advance!

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When the new St Pancras International station opens on the 14th November, it will have the longest champagne bar in Europe.

www.stpancras.com/content.asp?contentId=307

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The one with possibly the best views in London is Vertigo42 in the City. It's on the top floor of Tower42 (formerly the NatWest Tower) and as you may guess from their names it's on the 42nd floor.

You can read reveiws of it at the link below:

worldsbestbars.com/city/…vertigo-london.htm

Their own website is http://www.vertigo42.co.uk/ but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment.

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Also Kettners in Soho has one of oldest champagne bars - frequented in it's day by Oscar Wilde, no less!

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I've been to both the Long Bar at the Sanderson, and the Light Bar at the St Martins Lane Hotel.

Both fab cool places to drink, see and be seen....at a price tho!

sandersonlondon.com/sanderson_hotel_long_bar…

stmartinslane.com/st_martins_lane_hotel_ligh…

Or if you want somewhere rather exclusive, try and get on the guest list (normally members only) at Milk & Honey in Soho. Milk & Honey is a great discrete speak-easy private club, tho non-members can get in before 11pm.

http://www.mlkhny.com/london/index.html

They do a nice 1979 Krug Special at £900 a bottle if youre feeling flush ;-))

http://www.mlkhny.com/drinking/menu.pdf

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There's always the option of heading out beyond the Circle line.

The Amuse Bouche Champagne Bar on Parsons Green Lane, SW6, has plenty of bottles from which to choose, plus nibbles to help soak up the bubbles. Not sure if the sound of Sloaney neighing would be moderate or massive, but it could be worth a look.

If you'd like an oyster or three with your champagne, then Green's Resto and Oyster Bar offers a swell list and quality seafood snuggled up near Mayfair.

The champagne cocktails at the Savoy are made with yummy Laurent Perrier, but you'll need to get there sharpish, as it closes for refurbishment next month.

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I would say Vertigo is worth a diversion and try to booked for sundown so you get some good city views and then a nice transformation as dusk settles and the lights take over.

Be aware that you need to book to secure access you can't just show up (at least it was when I went)

The website is very ponderous so here's the number 7877 7842. Evening bookings from 5pm to 11pm

goodluck!

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glyn, you have me confused with someone else.... i can barely write a cohesive post! thanks for the information everyone. love champagne, love oysters...how's the champagne bar at Harrod's?

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Hello fussyguest - I see my post above was removed as being too frivolous, so I'd better just stick to the facts.

Traveller Plus has recommended Amuse Bouche, and they have now this month opened a 2nd branch at 21 Poland Street, near Oxford Circus underground station. You can buy either by the bottle or the glass, starting at £5 for the house champagne, Georges Lacombes NV.

Also just opened is the Champagne and Oyster Bar at Liberty's shop. They have eight champagnes by the bottle but only two by the glass, of which the more inexpensive (I hesitate to say cheaper) is De Nauroy Brut at £8.95 a glass. There's also the Moet bar at Selfridges.

In answer to your question, I've never stopped at Harrods Champagne and Oyster bar but I do know where it is, which is in the Butchery and Fish hall.

Dion now has three branches, of which the latest is at Port East Building, West India Quay in Docklands. It's said to have the longest list of champagnes in London, and prices range from £8 for a glass of Albert Beerens Brut Reserve up to £995 for a bottle of Salon 1989. www.dionlondon.co.uk

Texture in Portman Square near Bond St and Marble Arch underground stations has over 100 champagnes, and also has a restaurant. Prices start at £8.50 but I recently saw a review that said people should "seize the chance to try the superb Pop Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 1996 at £20 per glass". www.texture-restaurant.co.uk

And of course there's Quaglino's Champagne and Oyster Bar: www.quaglinos.co.uk

Also the Pop bar at the Hilton, where prices are even higher than those listed above: £12.50 for a glass of Pommery.

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10. Re: champers bars

thanks for the additional info. i've saved your posts and will def. use them when we visit in February. I thought it would be a rather nice thing to do if the weather was not so great: First a museum visit, then a champagne bar visit and then a show in the West End. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a cold, windy,rainy day, doesn't it?