English sparkling wines in London
London bars are fabulous places to sample english sparkling wines that are busting onto the global sparkling wine scene. Recent successes in international competitions stormed English bubbly wines into the wine industry setting a new trend that promoted top vintages, now available at some of Londons best bars and Restaurants. Camel Valley, Nyetimber, Ridgeview,Chapel Down and Bolney are the main English sparkling wine brands that are starting to give Champagne a run for their money. Do you fancy tasting them to toasta special night out in London but you do not know where to go? Take a look at our list of recommended London bars that serve English sparkling wines!
Worship Street Whistling Shop is an underground drinking den evoking the spirit of Victorian gin palaces and, in doing so, they’ve created the sort of clandestine space that wouldn’t look out of place in the next Sherlock Holmes movie. Worship Street Whistling Stop is one of London's best new bars and is the next big thing in London's drinking scene. The British influence on Whistling Shops drinks menu is quite large with a choice of four fine English sparkling wines: Ridgeview Merret Bloombsbury 2008, Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2006, Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2001 and Nyetimber Rose’ 2007.This bar is really a little hidden gem perfect to experience your first English bubbles.
The Drift is a wine bar housed in the newly developed Heron Tower on Bishopsgate which marks Drake & Morgan’s fifth foray into the capital’s bar scene. This London city bar is a perfect mix of your bog standard City bar and a funky Shoreditch venue. The glass walls are teamed with funky flower-patterned chairs, bench-style seating and an open kitchen sat below shelves filled with tins of olive oil. The Drift has a fresh and chilled out atmosphere, it is the perfect bar for post-5pm drinks, a haven for cocktails and fine wines lovers. Serving Chapel Down brut, from Kent they are one of the bars following the new trend of English sparkling wines.
The Gilbert Scott is a hotel bar which occupies the former entrance to the Midland Grand Hotel above St. Pancras station. With ornately painted ceilings and wondrous bell chandeliers you are instantly swept up in the grandeur of a bar which welcomes you with a grand and awe inspiring space designed originally by its namesake, Sir George Gilbert Scott. With an exciting bespoke cocktail list and English sparkling wines selection, this great London hotel bar will entice and fulfill. They have a quite interesting wine list by the glass among which you can sip and compare three award winning sparkling wonders: Camel Valley Brut, 2009, Ridgeview ‘Gosvenor’ Blanc de Blancs 2007 and Nyetimber ‘Classic cuvee’2005.
Skylon Bar and Restaurant is an elegant and stylish environment offering some of the best views over London and the River Thames. Skylon boasts a fantastic central bar atmosphere with an extremely large selection of quality wines divided by countries among which you can taste an English sparkling gem such as: Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2005, West Sussex. This bar is an ideal location for impressing your date or for a romantic night out. There is a buzzling atmosphere with the after work drinks crowd as well as pre-theatre goers.
Michelin starred Galvin at Windows is the bar and restaurant on 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane. Besides the breathtaking views over the capital this Mayfair bar is also renowned for its outstanding selection of sparkling wines among which there are: Brut Rosé, Camel Valley 2009, Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 1992 and Grosvenor Cuvée Merret, Blanc de Blancs, Ridgeview 2008 some of the most appreciated and award winning English sparkling wines.
Gordon’s, next to Charing Cross, bills itself as ’˜London’s oldest wine bar’ as it was established in its present form in 1890, around the time Jack was ripping through Whitechapel. The exposed brickwork and the romantic candlelight atmosphere in the low basement vaults make it feel older still. Crowds at Gordon’s are younger and liver than you might expect and the wine list is surprisingly modern hopping from the classic French red to South America and beyond. Family-owned Gordon’s parades a list of moderately priced bottles at under £20. An ultra-traditional hot & cold buffet is rightly popular and there’s always a good selection of gratins, bakes & cheeses. Since this year Gordon’s opened its cellar to English sparkling wines, offering Bolney Bubbly to its customers, a wine made from Müller Thürghau and Chardonnay, with sweet apple aromas carried through on the palate.