Hidden away under the arches of Charing Cross, Champagne Charlies wine bar and restaurant is an ideally located meeting place for Londoners on the move. Charmingly intimate, the surroundings are a fresh, welcome change from the faceless chain bars taking over the city, providing both a vibrant but cosy bar area and a slightly more formal restaurant space to choose from depending on your mood. Both feature exposed brick walls, wood panelling and dark, pared back furnishings, yet Champagne Charlies somehow still feels light and airy despite both this and its below stairs setting. As part of the Davy’s brand, a top notch wine merchants established in 1870 and as well respected now as it was then, Champagne Charlies of course offers guests an unbeatable selection of wines picked and tasted by a dedicated team of connoisseurs. The food menu meanwhile puts great emphasis on home grown British seasonal produce, the tasty dishes created to maximise the flavour of top-notch ingredients.
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17 The Arches Villiers StLondonWC2N 6NG
Finally a bar where I can actually have a conversation! I went here for a friend's birthday and it was marvelous to hear the people I was conversing with rather than getting lost in the din. The wine list was also very good and I think my companions were happy with their beers. This isn't a bar for meeting strangers, but a great place to bring a group. It is, however, in the basement, so not...more
I ordered the duck. It was cooked perfectly, the sauce paired well with the fatty duck breast, and the vegetables were soft and seasoned well. I didn't have high expectations, but I must admit... I left very satisfied. Good job Charlie. Btw, cool name.more
Been meeting friends here for years, and expect I will do for many more to come. It's on the expensive side, but a good choice for those of us who enjoy our wine.
Being under the railway arches, this cavernous pub benefits from plenty of space, with good sized areas for bigger groups and intimate nooks and crannies for small ones. A downside of this is, of course, the lack of phone...more
Nice enough Davy's place with reasonable food and ale, and a good selection of wines from around the world.
Personally, I like the place as it usually provides a pleasant alternative to Gordon's Wine Bar when that gets packed further down Villier's Street.
Another 'plus point' of which some people have taken advantage is the lack of mobile phone signal. This has led to this bar becoming...more
Unadulterated, sawdust on the floor type of place which you don't find often these days, let alone this centrally in London.
Only made it in for one drink at the end of a night - a pewter tankard of Old Wallop that one assumes is brewed on the premises. Tasted fine wherever it comes from anyway. The range of other drinks on offer looked reasonable too so I think I'll attempt a revisit next...more