London's best Champagne bars to be seen at this summer
Toast the sunshine at London's best Champagne pop-up bars to be seen at this summer
Don't buy into bubbles? Here's our list of all the other pop-ups worth booking this summer.
Champagne Crab Shack at 100 Wardour Street
Flagship Soho restaurant 100 Wardour Street once played host to some of the biggest bands, like The Rolling Stones. Maintaining that heritage, there's still live music six nights a week. However, its recent reinvention into a luxurious restaurant and bar is the work of restaurant giants D&D London. Until the end of June, the restaurant is pairing CLAW crab burgers and buns, and an assortment of fish-influenced sides, with Moët & Chandon, served over ice. A range of Champagne cocktails is available too.
Open now until the end of June at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F. Mon - Fri: Noon - late, Sat: 11am - late. More information
Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial at The Hampshire Lounge Bar
The Ice Imperial, which Moët & Chandon are pushing this summer, (it's also served at Bluebird, below and 100 Wardour Street, above) is paired not with crab buns, but with afternoon tea at Leicester Square's Hampshire Lounge Bar this summer. Exclusive treats include fresh chocolate and vanilla scones infused with Champagne, and almond macarons with a Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial ganache.
Open now until July 9th at Hampshire Lounge Bar, 31 - 36 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LH. Mon - Sun: Noon - 11.00pm. More information
Fiz at Lights of Soho
Although technically not Champagne, this sparkling wine pop-up at popular Soho bar and gallery Lights of Soho is well worth your time. It's inspired by the cava bars woven into the backstreets of Barcelona, so it has more of a relaxed feel than the luxury bars on this list. And rather than sell you whole bottles, Fiz offers a sparkling wine list of 8 - 10 wines by the glass, from all over the world (including England), because the trio behind the pop-up think tasting different wines is more important than just buying a bottle. Sharing plates of comfort food - shareable bites and buns - will accompany the fizz.
Opening June 20th - late August at Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, W1F 0RX. Mon: 6.00pm - 11.30pm, Tues - Thurs: 10.00am - 11.30pm, Fri & Sat: 10am - midnight, Sun: Noon - 4.00pm. More information
Laurent Perrier at SKYLIGHT
London's newest rooftop bar, SKYLIGHT at Tobacco Dock, is doing things differently. The theme is English country garden, and taking things a step further than the crazy golf courses that have been popular on rooftops, guests can book croquet courts with a spectacular view across London. The three-storey garden pop-up also has a good range of street food, and a Laurent Perrier bar if you're inspired by the garden theme and fancy topping things off with a quintessentially fabulous sup in the sun. We hear a Champagne flute before the croquet calms the nerves.
Open now until late September, Pennington St. Car Park Entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF, Thurs & Fri: 5.00-pm - 11.00pm, Sat & Sun: Noon - 11.00pm. More information
Maverick Encounters at Blenheim Forge
Champagne house Charles Heidsieck have launched a series called Maverick Encounters for 2017, which pays tribute to mavericks from yesteryear by looking to the future; a series of modern day mavericks are each running masterclasses with the brand. The first, on June 22nd takes place at Blenheim Forge and will celebrate the ancient craft of knife making with the forge's three key makers, who produce Japanese knives to innovate modern cooking. A cookery demonstration will show how these pioneering knives make day-to-day food preparation a joy, and food will be prepared to enjoy alongside flutes of Heidsieck Champagne.
June 22nd at Blenheim Forge, Railway Arch, 229 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL. More information
The Garden of Live Flowers at Sanderson
Perrier-Jouët and the luxurious Sanderson hotel have joined forces to throw a lavish garden party in the hotel's atrium garden. Throughout summer guests are invited to sip premium cuvée under some of London's most lavishly decorated pergolas, rich in flora and fauna. The hotel enlisted floristry expert Kitten Grayson to create a whimsical world of plant life, with an emphasis on vines and hanging plants. Alongside the premium Champagne house's classic serve, they will be premiering their brand new cuvée for 2017 in the mystical garden pop-up.
Open now until late-summer at the Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG. Garden is open 12.00pm - 10.30pm on Monday, Tues - Sun: Noon - 11.00pm. More information
Anna de Codorniu Terrace on the Thames
This Seventeeth Century grade 1 listed hotel has a terrace on the river, overlooking the Docklands, and the Skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. It's a lovely vantage point for an afternoon's bottomless brunch, paired with Anna de Codoriniu cava, or go anyway for a glass anytime you choose as the brand are popping up on the terrace until September. The Spanish-influenced fizz menu also incorporates sharing-style sangria jugs for the table, as well as lighter, refreshing classic serves of their speciality Anna Blanc de Blancs. Food served is inspired by the food markets of Barcelona.
Open now, DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW. Mon - Thurs: 4.00pm - 11.00pm, Fri & Sat: Noon - 11.00pm. More information
Moët & Chandon Champagne Truck, Bluebird Chelsea
The Bluebird on King's Road has a garden that is famous for pop-ups. It's a great spot to watch the tennis from, and for summer 2017 the restaurant has partnered with Moët Ice Impérial, to throw new light on Champagne culture. Rather than served straight up in a flute, the drink Moët are promoting here is served with three ice cubes, aka "Champagne on the rocks" to intensify the light and refreshing taste. The serve - from a bespoke Champagne truck standing in the garden - compliments the all-day brunch service the restaurant serve particularly well. The full restaurant menu is also available, and DJs play on ad-hoc weekends.
Open now, Bluebird, 350 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU. Mon - Fri: 8.00am - 10.00pm, Sat: 9.00am - 10.00pm, Sun: 9.00am - 9.30pm. More information
Coast to Coast at The American Bar, the Savoy
The historic American Bar at the Savoy is a fine place for a glass of Champers no matter the season. However, in celebration of the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee this June the bar has created a Champagne cocktail to turn the sternest of heads. The Sapphire Jubilee Fizz is served in an Art Deco Martini glass, and - at £22 - features luxurious ingredients including Pineau de Charentes, a regional French liquer, Bombay gin and Violet liquer for a lasting aromatic twist.
Available now and lasting throughout summer at The American Bar, the Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU. Mon - Sat: 11.30am - midnight, Sun: Noon - 11.00pm. More information