Searcys Champagne Bar
London-South East London
May 11, 2018
With the impressive backdrop of St Pancras’ arched glass roof behind you, and the whole terminal floor below you, Searcys Champagne Bar is the perfect people-watching pedestal, located on the upper floor of the bustling train station. It’s a shrine to all-things bubbly, and the space is deceptively small when viewed from down below (it can actually seat 110 people and is classed as the longest champagne bar in Europe).
As you would expect, the champagne list is extensive. Searcys have sourced bottles from both well-established and boutique suppliers, and even sell their own cuvée brut and cuvée rosé brut. A small selection are available by the glass, whereas the bottle list ranges from moderate bruts to magnums and even the most decadent bottle: a ‘96 Blanc de Blancs. If you’re feeling the utmost of lazy, you can simply press a small button on your table under which the words “Press for champagne” are emblazoned and, as if by magic, a member of the bar team will appear, ready to take your order. Cocktails, naturally, are champagne-based, and include a selection of bellinis and a kir royale, as well as the opulent The Grand (orange liqueur, vodka, peach schnapps, 24 Carat gold leaf, brown sugar and champagne). There’s a few esteemed European wines, but they pale in comparison to the sparkles, and, wonderfully, Searcys is open all day, serving up a bevy of breakfast and a la carte dishes, as well as succulent oysters.