Christmas at Europe’s longest Champagne bar
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Whether you’ve got a spare hour before your train leaves, or you just love being amid the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s coolest train stations, Searcys’ Brasserie & Champagne Bar at St Pancras is the perfect escape back to the Roaring ‘20s.
If you’re in London, and especially if your train arrives at St Pancras or King’s Cross, how could you not treat yourself to a glass of fizz at Europe’s longest Champagne bar?
There’s a ‘Press for Champagne’ button on every table to ensure you never go without, too. In December, taste three prestigious Cuvées for £40 (50 ml each): Grand Siècle by Laurent-Perrier, Brut, MV; Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, 2006; and Perrier-Jouët, Belle Epoque, Brut, 2012.
Every banquette also has blankets, fan heaters and heated leather seats so it’s the perfect spot to get cosy on a cold winter evening.
If you’re more of a cocktail kinda person, there’s a Christmas cocktail menu available, including a limited-edition serve created in collaboration with Lancôme.
The ‘La Vie est Belle’ (inspired by the perfume of the same name) signature cocktail is a mix of Crème de Mûre, pear liqueur, marmalade vodka, orange blossom water, and topped with Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne, and finished off with a delicate pink rose petal garnish.
There’s also a mocktail version available made with pear puree, cranberry juice, lime, and topped with Franklin & Sons soda water.
Why Lancôme you ask? Well, there’s a 36-foot Christmas installation and pop-up in St Pancras station, which you can look down on from your lofty seat in the Champagne bar. It’s made up of 1,500 La Vie est Belle perfume bottles and will be on the concourse until 4 January.
The Champagne bar is also offering the Christmas Barlow, a combination of mulled wine, Cognac and Searcys Selected Cuvee, garnished with a dried orange slice; and the indulgent Minty Way – Havana Club 3-year-old rum, Mozart White Chocolate Cream topped with Marie Brizard Mint White Liqueur and finished with a cinnamon stick garnish.
And it’s not all about the festive drinks. As it’s the most wonderful time of the year, make sure your festive season is as special as possible by celebrating at St Pancras by Searcys. There’s a three-course Christmas menu and vegan Christmas menu for £33 per person (£36 with a glass of sparkling wine).
Or if you’re looking for a Christmas party with a difference, get your sleuthing skills on with a murder mystery night: Peril on the Palatine Express. Can you catch the killer – while enjoying a delicious meal and some lovely fizz of course. It's hard to solve crime on an empty stomach...
And for New Year’s Eve, get ready for a great evening of jazz, canapés and Champagne. Ring in the New Year by going back in time to a Roaring Twenties’ Speakeasy. Be greeted with Searcys Selected Cuvee Champagne alongside two canapés. Continue your perfect evening with an indulgent three-course meal created for the occasion, followed by tea, coffee and chocolates, with live music and a DJ until 2am.
You could basically spend the whole of December in St Pancras, like a train version of The Terminal, but with better food, drink and entertainment.