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Voltaire Cocktails & Champagne Bar

Crown Plaza, London - The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB +44 2077686221

(((() Afternoon Tea
Main course: £7
Food spend: £15
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 14:00 - 01:00.

Excellent value for money

Rachel Abudy 05 September 2016
from London

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Named in honour of the French philosopher, Voltaire Cocktail & Champagne Bar is a subterranean hideaway offering a light brunch and afternoon tea by day, then gourmet burgers and homemade liqueur cocktails into the night. Complete with private vaults and an al fresco cigar terrace, it is a sultry spot to escape the bustle of the City.

The gourmet burger menu boasts a seared foie gras burger served on award-winning aged beef, and the German prime beef burger served with sauerkraut, in a laugenbrot bretzel roll. Earlier in teh day, try the light brunch with free-flowing prosecco or the signature Voltaire afternoon tea and cocktails. From the drinks menu, try Voltaire’s Cooler with dark Rum, apricot Brandy, handmade lime and jasmine syrup, lime juice and apple juice, or French Margarita containing Excellia Tequila Blanco, triple sec liqueur, crème de mure, blackberry purée and handmade thyme and lime syrup.

The Grade II-listed building that houses this bar was once used as a prison, and subsequently as a bank. Voltaire has honoured this history in its name (a pun on ‘vault’) & by offering luxurious private vaults with a bespoke service. Each of these 9 vaults is named after the French philosopher Voltaire’s contemporaries, such as ‘The Thinker’, ‘The Statesman’ & ‘The Playwright’.

In the heart of the City, Voltaire in Blackfriars is a 6-minute walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. Blackfriars Tube and Rail stations are across the road.

Voltaire Cocktails & Champagne Bar

Crown Plaza, London - The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB

Contact +44 2074388054
Reservations +44 2077686221

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Customer reviews for Voltaire Cocktails & Champagne Bar

4.6 (((() (based on 8 reviews)
87% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • trendy (5)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • dinner (3)
  • luxury (3)
  • private dining (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • large parties (1)
  • value (1)
  • ((((( by from London

    Amazing service and fantastic food.

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent value for money

  • ((((( by from Salisbury

    We were given our own private vault which was excellent it made the experience even better allowing us to have private dining, privacy and you can play your own music from your phone. The food was excellent, variety of burgers . The sides were also good. Perfect size portions. Great selection of cocktails.

    The service was outstanding. :) excellent staff.

    Will be returning.

  • ((((( by from City of London

    We went for the afternoon tea and was not disappointed, it was amazing we had the trio cocktails to go with each seating which went perfectly with the food
    The staff were very friendly and attentive
    Would highly recommend

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  • ((((( by from London

    Really enjoyed our afternoon at Voltaire; the food and tea was lovely, atmosphere was really nice and all of the staff were really welcoming and helpful.

  • ((((( by from London Borough of Southwark

    Was nice a friendly with great service

  • ((*** by from London

    Booked a vault for 10 people on a Friday night for a mate's stag. You can only contact the bar through the hotel which we tried to do when we realised we were running late. After a failed attempt to get through, I got looped back to the hotel’s receptionist who then assured us our late arrival ‘would be fine’. When we arrived, Franky the manager told us all vaults were taken as he gave them away since we came in late. He tried to make up by giving us free glasses of champagne but did not move much when we wanted to order whisky by the bottle.
    Eventually he told us he managed to clear the largest vault only for us to find out it was tiny - extremely cosy for just 8 guys, despite being told it could fit 10-15ppl when we called to confirm the booking earlier in the week. We also found out most of the vaults were actually empty. Needless to say the overall experience was a let-down – this place is fortunate to have a convenient location and some nice cigars but I can’t see myself recommending this to anyone given all the hassle we went through.

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