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7 OF THE BEST NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE WEEK EVENTS

National Champagne Week aims to make the bubbly delight more accessible and approachable. Running 1-7 October 2016, you can take part in a broad range of champagne-based activities including tutored tastings, masterclasses, parties and pop-ups. Explore London’s best champagnes in some magnificent locations with The Resident’s top events for National Champagne Week 2016

Words: Andrew Zuccala

1 Champagne Tasting in London’s largest conservatory
For one night only, Louis Roederer are setting up in the conservatory at The Barbican for an exclusive champagne tasting, allowing guests to indulge themselves within an exotic setting right in the heart of London. Treat yourself to a host of canapés as you go on a journey of the Champagne region. On 5 October, the tasting will include five of Champagne Louis Roederer’s delightful cuveés including their signature fizz, Cristal. At only £25 per person, prepare yourself for an evening of sophisticated fun within one of London’s most treasured settings.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS; nationalchampagneweek.co.uk

Champagne tasting at the Conservatory

Champagne tasting at the Conservatory

2 Does Size Matter?
It is no secret that something quite special happens to champagne aged in magnum and many factors come in to play that we can’t always explain. Discover why a superbly rich and stunning champagne in bottle becomes even more complex in magnum. Join Champagne H. Blin at Searcys Kitchen and Bar for a special tasting event, delving into this area of champagne trivia which will put even the most knowledgeable of champagne enthusiasts to the test.
1 New Change Cheapside Street EC4M 9AF; nationalchampagneweek.com

Magnum tutorial at Searcys Kitchen and Bar

Magnum tutorial at Searcys Kitchen and Bar

3 Gin, Meet Champagne
Move over gin and juice, it’s time for gin and champagne to have the spotlight. Searcys Westfield Stratford Champagne Bar has teamed up with Heidsieck Monopole and Sipsmith to bring you this glorious evening of fun on 6 October. For £29 per person, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Monopole Brut NV before trying two cocktails celebrating the combination of champagne and gin. End the night with a Q&A to ensure you’ll leave home with plenty of fizz-filled facts.
8a Ground Floor The Arcade, Stratford E20 1EH; nationalchampagneweek.com

Gin and Champagne masterclasses

Gin and Champagne cocktail masterclasses

4 Champagne Cocktails at Sanderson’s Enchanted Hanging Garden
Sanderson’s Enchanted Hanging Garden has teamed up with Perrier Jouët to create a garden in their famous courtyard. Enter the plant-filled oasis and taste unique by-the-glass botanical champagne cocktails which you can bespoke yourself with handmade mixed berry, pear or ratafia liqueurs and edible flowers or kaffir lime leaves. To accompany will be a new menu which features tempura bell rock oysters with watermelon, coriander and mint; butternut squash risotto balls with cumin and spiced mayonnaise and salt baked beets with goat’s curd. This is the perfect destination for lovers of champagne and fine food.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NG; morganshotelgroup.com

hanging-gardens

Sanderson’s Enchanted Hanging Garden collaborate with Perrier Jouet for National Champagne Week

5 Champagne Besserat de Bellefon tasting
Admire the East London cityscape with a few glasses of Besserat Champagne at this superb tasting at Urban Coteriein in Shoreditch. Marie Boularand, UK Ambassador for Champagne Besserat de Bellefon, will take you on a champagne journey, pairing three styles from the house including the Besserat Brut, Rosé & Blanc de Blancs to an array of sumptuous canapés. This event promises to be a great experience, for both novices and enthusiasts alike.
151-157 City Road, Shoreditch EC1V 1JH; nationalchampagneweek.com

Besserat tastings

Besserat tastings

6 Champagne masterclass with Veuve Cliquot and Moët
Westfield London have teamed up with both Veuve Clicquot and Moët to host one of Champagne Week’s most sought after tasting experiences. Taking place at Searcys Champagne Bar on 6 October, this exclusive champagne masterclass will give you the opportunity to personalize four of your own ‘Champagne on The Rocks’ cocktails with some world-class champagne and mixology professionals for £30 per person. The collaboration of two magnificent Champagne Houses will make for one stylish night of fizzy fun.
8a Ground Floor The Arcade, Stratford E20 1EH; nationalchampagneweek.com

Veuve and Moet come together for one night

Veuve and Moet come together for one night

7 Champagne et Fromage
Finish National Champagne Week off in style and start the weekend early on 7 October as our two favourite things – cheese and wine – come together for one luxurious event. For £29 per person, indulge in a cheese board made for a king paired with an irresistible selection of four premium Heidsieck Monopole cuvées. This one is not to be missed.
8a Ground Floor The Arcade, Stratford E20 1EH; nationalchampagneweek.com

Searcys at Westfield

Searcys at Westfield

 

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