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Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank

Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank

Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank

Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank


Places to have Champagne Where You Won’t Receive a Call From Your Bank


It’s December and Christmas is officially upon us. We’ve seen the first snow, the kids have sent their letters to Santa, and we’re all starting to realise that our Christmas expenses are snowballing! But December is also the perfect excuse for catching up with colleagues and old friends, which isn’t doing your credit card bills any favours. The good news? This year, there’s no need to worry; Wine Picker has selected the best places to enjoy your favourite sparkling with those closest to you without having to compromise on the kids’ giant Lego box!

Going Classic:
Moet & Chandon is not just for christening boats at seas or spraying crowds which got too close to any winner’s podium. This delicious, mineral-driven Champagne constantly delivers. With aromas of pear, citrus, and brioche, Moet & Chandon is a brilliant bubbly for those who love a good old-fashioned flute of champers. Great value places to enjoy a glass (or more since Uber is still operating in London) are:

  1. The Hoop & Grapes – 47 Aldgate High St, London EC3N 1AL, UK. It offers a fantastic value with the Brut Imperial at £37.
  2. The King’s Head – 10 Stafford St, Mayfair, London W1S 4RX, UK sells it at just £40 a bottle.
  3. – But if the fizz is just the start of the evening, head to Browns 82-84 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4AG, UK, serving it at £55.


Keep Calm and Drink English Sparkling:

England now delivers some incredible sparkling wine. Two of our favourites producers are Chapel Down and Nyetimber. Sadly, the price is fairly steep, but we know where to get a bargain:

  1. – Can you imagine anything better than sitting by the Thames a bottle of Chapel Down at hand on a cold evening? Then head to The Old Thameside Inn – Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, London, Greater London SE1 9DG, UK. At £35 a bottle it’s a real bargain.
  2. – What about the English crème de la crème? Order a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee from the 2010 vintage. Farr Vitners describes it as “pale lemon with fine, persistent bubbles in the glass. The nose is mineral, fresh and flinty.” This delicious sparkling wine can be enjoyed at The Yellow House – 126 Lower Rd, London SE16 2UE, UK for £50. Not bad, if you ask us.


For the City Workers:

Markets been treating you well? Have a good feeling about your bonus? Then why not going for a vintage champagne? Vintage champagnes, although delicious, can be tricky to find, but don’t worry we tracked down the best deals for you:

  1. – Head to Central first with the Pierre Gimonnet 2008 Oenophile Premier Cru Extra Brut at Hakkasan Mayfair – 17 Bruton St, Mayfair, London W1J 6QB, UK. Wine Spectator rated it an impressive 91 points, describing it as a “balanced Champagne [which] is dry and lacy, with a subtle palate of grainy poached pear, almond biscotti, lemon curd, and chalk. Firmly structured on the floral finish.” We’ll take a bottle of that, thanks.
  2. – What does £100 get you nowadays? Well, if you live by Milton Keynes, it will get you a bottle of Bollinger La Grande Année 2007 from The Swan – 2 Wavendon Rd, Salford, Milton Keynes MK17 8BD, UK. This bottle of bubbly is rated 95 by Decanter. Don’t wait too long to get your hands on a bottle. They probably don’t have many bottles of it left at this price!
  3. – Another great option for vintage Champagne is The Albion – 10 Thornhill Rd, Islington, London N1 1HW, UK, which serves Dom Perignon 2005 for £135. This wine often sells for over £500 and is rated 97 points by James Suckling who describes it as “full-bodied DP with so much richness and loads of ripe fruit, such as pineapple and papaya.”


Play Like a Pop Star:

Standard bottles are for standard people and you’re not! Time to show who’s the star and put something tangible on the table. According to Wine Picker, this is where to pull out all the stops:

  1. – For a Magnum head to the Bleeding Heart Tavern – 1 Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1N 8SJ, UK and order the Laurent Perrier Brut NV for £95.
  2. – But if you and the crew are really thirsty then hit The Scarsdale Tavern – 23A Edwardes Square, Kensington, London W8 6HE, UK and ask for the Jeroboam (the equivalent of 6 bottles!) of Collet Grand Art Brut for £150. That’s definitely going to get you some decent selfies!


Wondering where to get more of great value wine deals? All of the suggestions listed above tips come from the one and only Wine Picker, an e-sommelier mobile app covering over 400 of London’s best restaurants. You can download Wine Picker for free on both Google Play and the iTunes App Store and start finding the best wines at the best prices for every meal.


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