Oysters and champagne are one of those timeless combinations that you can never get enough of, and when you’re looking for a little extra indulgence or a treat for a special occasion, they’re always a top choice. When you’re in London, you’ll be spoilt with plenty of places to indulge in oysters and champagne, serving up a delicious taste of the ocean alongside a glass of crisp, cold bubbles.
Whether it’s for a special date or just as an extra treat to enjoy when you’re in the city, you’re never too far away from a classic night enjoying this perfect pairing. Read on to find out more about some of the best places to indulge in, when in London.
Wright Brothers Soho
Located in Soho, this is a perfect spot to visit if you’re staying in Central London accommodation. The Wright Brothers’ restaurants are renowned across the city as the seafood experts of the capital, and if you’re looking for exceptional oysters, as well as other ocean-inspired dishes, this is the perfect place to start.
Located in the colourful buzz of Kingly Court, their Soho outpost is a small and intimate space, it’s a lovely spot to head to with friends. And as the capital’s kings of seafood, you’ll also get to sample oysters from a range of different sources, allowing you to experience the diverse range of tastes across the spectrum.
With oysters available for just a pound each, you can indulge in the delicacy as much as you like, or try it out for the first time if you’re a tentative newcomer. Wright Brothers also offer an oyster master class at some of their restaurants, where you can enjoy two delightful hours with a plate of oysters, champagne, and the insightful wisdom of experts on this tasty little mollusc.
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar
If you’re staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate and looking for the perfect way to spoil your date, start the day with delicious Afternoon tea deals London before heading to this iconic oyster bar in Covent Garden as a pre-theatre treat in the evening.
Located next to the legendary J Sheekey restaurant just next door, the Atlantic Bar provides a wonderful spot to enjoy fresh oysters and champagne, as well as an expansive variety of other seafood and non-seafood dishes. If you can, head to their charming outdoor terrace, which is wonderful for people watching during the summer months, and kept cosy and warm during the winter.
Great value dishes means that it can be an affordable indulgence to enjoy without worrying about your budget, and leave you with extra to enjoy another glass of wine.
For guests in Central London accommodation, a visit to the Kensington design icon, Michelin House, is absolutely essential, and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious treat in the form of the ground floor oyster bar, Bibendum.
This light, bright French-inspired bar serves up fresh and delicious seafood and oysters, as well as plenty of excellent champagne, while the bright and attractive tiled space make it a welcoming spot for brunch or evening visit.
Choose from six excellent varieties of delicious oysters, and relax in the sumptuous surroundings while you take in the marvellous ambience of the bar. While prices are a little on the steeper side, it’s certainly an exceptional and impressive spot when you’re looking to enjoy some extra indulgence in the city.
Hix Oyster & Chophouse
The more minimalist and simple backdrop of the marble oyster bar at Hix is the ideal setting for a laidback and casual indulgence in some excellent seafood, and perfect for anyone who prefers substance over style. You’ll get to enjoy sumptuous oysters selected from around the British Isles, as well as delicious steaks and chops at this London culinary icon.
Run by Mark Hix, the famed chef, the restaurant bears his signature style, with a focus on understated British elegance. For an easy treat when you’re in the city during the late afternoons or early evenings, head to to Hix’s oyster happy hour, serving up half a dozen oysters with a glass of your favourite tipple.
Randall and Aubin
London has plenty of exceptional seafood restaurants, and Randall and Aubin is widely recognised as being one of the very best in the city. When you’re staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, be sure to make a trip down to Brewer Street in Soho, where you can try this iconic restaurant’s fantastic dishes for yourself.
The restaurant boasts great atmosphere, sophisticated and welcoming staff, and of course, delicious oysters. As an Anglo/French brasserie, the restaurant focuses on sourcing exceptionally fresh seafood, and you can enjoy a variety of tasty delights off the menu, amongst a warm and fun backdrop.
The original building was once a Victorian butcher’s shop, and the glammed up space perfectly balances contemporary laidback luxury, with a hint of its history, with clean white tiles and wooden accents contrasted with a glittering disco ball and 18th century chandeliers. Always a memorable place to dine when in London, you’re never likely to leave feeling disappointed from this spot.
For a touch of old school elegance, make your way down to Bentley’s in Mayfair, where the sophisticated bar shucks over a thousand oysters a day. The restaurant has been serving seafood to hungry and discerning Londoners for over a hundred years, and is a widely treasured haven for oysters in the city.
The restaurant building retains its traditional turn of the century heritage and charm, where you can indulge in exceptional oysters sourced from local waters, as well as a fantastic selection of wines and cocktails from the well stocked bar. Be sure to ask their welcoming staff for recommendations on other dishes too – the enviable menu has a wide range of tasty dishes every day, and considering the restaurant is constantly busy throughout the day, it’s worth making the most of your time in there.