Covent Garden’s Champagne Charlies, one of London’s best wine bars, is hidden along Villiers Street under the brick railway arches of nearby Charing Cross station. Exuding old world charm, to enter Champagne Charlies is to enter a bygone era, evoked by the antiquarian curios scattered about this low-ceilinged, old-world drinking establishment. As with other members of the Davy’s wine bar stable, Champagne Charlies also showcases the best of fine British cuisine.
Champagne Charlies in Covent Garden does not disappoint. One of the delights of London exploration is to find a hidden gem tucked away in some less-than-likely spot. London’s ancient, winding streets and stop-start, organic urban landscape are a haven for such treasure troves, and we’re pleased to say that Champagne Charlies is one such spot. Found in The Arches of Charing Cross, along Villiers Street, Champagne Charlies is a wine bar first and foremost. Fans of real ale will not be disappointed, though, with a great selection of ales served in pewter jugs. It’s all traditional in here, with the decor all exposed wooden beams supporting a cosily low ceiling, stripped-back brick walls lined with antiquarian objects of fascination. A venerable spot perfect for a fine wine tasting session.
Champagne Charlies’ Villiers Street premises – under The Arches of Charing Cross – are also perfect for private hire. Several enclosed side-rooms of the old-school glass-panelled booth variety are ideal for small-group dining, but the whole joint can be booked out, too. And, if you’re out for some London theatre and need a pre-show meal, Covent Garden’s Champagne Charlies offers a great value two-course meal between 5 and 7pm. All Davy's Champagne Charlies dishes are British classic, brought up to date by the restaurant’s executive chef using only fresh, seasonal, and locally-sourced produce.
As always, superb food and superb service in a restaurant with bags of atmosphere. Friendly staff received my guests and seated them before I arrived and were attentive throughout the meal.
Was greeted straight away .Food was hot and enough, didn’t have to wait long for it to arrive, waitress was friendly and the restaurant was easy to find. Nice atmosphere.
I enjoyed wonderful time here with my old friend coming over US. Though my booking has not appeared on their booking system, all staff welcomed us.
CCs has had a refurb since I was last there, with the addition of 2 more private dining rooms in an under utilised space. We were allocated one of those, a lovely space. The menu is also refreshed, our only complaints were that we struggled to finish the generous portions. Service was friendly (maybe slightly slow, but we were in no hurry). This is a popular venue and its recent makeover was greatly needed and well received by us. The staff are without exception friendly and welcoming. This is my go-to venue for small party dining.
I have been a regular customer of Champagne Charlie's for over 25 years. I have always appreciated their ambience and service but was particularly impressed and extremely pleased on a recent trip to a) be put into a little private room with my party of six, and b) to receive some top notch service. And the food was delicious. Unusually from me, no complaints whatsoever. Well done, CC!
excellent Location and service, great Food unfortunately, due to a company part very noisy definitly we will visit Champagne Charlies again while visiting London Thank's a lot
Always a great place to get straight forward well cooked food and drink. Even on a balmy Friday evening it wasn't crammed full of noisy crowds, so it was easy to talk round the table.
Very tired and dirty. Staff seemed stressed and busy even though the place was hardly full. I can't imagine bothering to go back. There are so many other alternatives in the area which would provide a better experience.
excellent website booking service, swift and clear-cut, leading to a friendly welcome and a lovely meal in tasteful a surrounds with attentive but not obtrusive service