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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.

Service was great, food brilliant, cocktails were brilliant. My only grumble would be that there was no offer on bottled beer whilst the pumps were off.

Rory Forward 11 March 2017
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

4.5 (((() (based on 33 reviews)
87% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (21)
  • trendy (14)
  • value (9)
  • romantic (8)
  • luxury (6)
  • dinner (5)
  • private dining (4)
  • lunch (3)
  • business (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 26 March 2017 by Louise Mc keever from London

    Great experience very friendly staff!

  • ((((( 11 March 2017 by Rory Forward from London

    Service was great, food brilliant, cocktails were brilliant. My only grumble would be that there was no offer on bottled beer whilst the pumps were off.

  • ((((( 10 March 2017 by Jon Mitchell from London

    Really enjoyed the classic afternoon cream tea. Very well presented, nice variety, in a lovely atmosphere and attended to by good staff. Refills of tea and coffee supplied without having to ask. Couldn't ask for more. The best afternoon tea we have had.

  • (((** 6 March 2017 by Christine Glidden from London

    The service was very kind and prompt. I enjoyed the Venue until 5pm when it turned into a bar with very loud music and a lot of people. It was very distracting for afternoon tea, however the tea sandwiches were fresh and the scones although cold, were quite good. I would go back, but I would make my reservation much earlier in the day so as not to compete with the bar traffic I would have preferred to have tea in a quiet room off the lobby.

  • ((((* 6 March 2017 by Aisha Mirza from London

    Cocktails were good, service was average. I can recommend the camomile and green apple cocktail and the foie gras burger!

  • ((((( 26 February 2017 by Claire Moring from London

    Lovely bar, really comfortable surroundings, great staff.
    Afternoon tea was lovely. I had the 3 mini cocktails to accompany it and they were wonderful! Would go back definitely.

  • ((((( 26 February 2017 by Tegwen Rattray from London

    This was a great spot for afternoon tea - I came with a couple of friends and we loved it! The staff were really friendly and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good value and tasty afternoon tea.

  • ((((( 25 February 2017 by Sara Sztajer from London Borough of Southwark

    Had a great time, drinks were amazing. Will come again!

  • ((((* 18 February 2017 by Melissa Boscarino from London

    nice place, great atmosphere

  • (**** 15 February 2017 by Charlotte from London

    The food was lovely but the service was absolutely dreadful. The restaurant wasn't that busy so the staff should have been a lot more attentive. The waiter who took our order made us repeat everything three times because he wouldn't write down our order and so was struggling to remember what we asked for. He even had to come back to the table a couple times to clarify what we ordered. When we got out drinks he managed to mess up the order which could have been avoided had he written it down.

    Our food took quite a while to arrive but it was very nice. We had finished eating when another waitress came by and asked us if everything was OK. We said yes and then she just disappeared. We were expecting her to take away our empty plates but she never returned. We waited 15 mins for someone to clear our table and eventually we grew tired and had to go up to the barman to ask him for the bill.

    We declined to pay the service charge as the service was so poor. The wait staff weren't attentive and my friends and I would never eat at Voltaire again.

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