The Crescent Bar in West Kensington is a bit of a diamond in the rough. Among the convenience stores, sports pubs and fried chicken shacks, this luxurious new venue is certainly conspicuous by its glamour.
However, situated just a few minutes walk from West Kensington tube station, the location is perfect for West Londoners not wanting to travel far for a quality drink, or for those wanting to avoid the central London crowds.
Housed directly below The Crescent Club, the 200-capacity bar was designed by club directors Geraldine Byrne, Andrew Byrne and Mark Wale with the aim of creating a glamourous space that caters to both relaxed drinking and big nights out.
With its laid back atmosphere and tasteful decor, the Crescent Bar certainly delivers on style. The main bar area provides a relaxed ambience with its textured grey walls and soft rose and blue velvet sofa chairs. The beautiful central chandelier made from champagne glasses and crystal lighting also provides a stunning focal point.
There are three VIP rooms branded The New York Room, The Paris Room and The Moscow Room, all with their own private waitress service and bathrooms. Each area oozes sexy glamour with smart lighting, flat screens and even a few poles for good measure.
Parties of any size and style can be catered for from intimate birthday parties to large scale soirees. The dress code leans towards the smart casual, although those preferring to glam up would not look out of place against the chic backdrop.
Although it can get extremely busy, the service is fast and friendly with smart bartenders shaking up complicated concoctions from the extensive list of designer champagnes and classic and bespoke cocktails.
Bottles of champagne range from £60 for a bottle of Moet Chandon to an eye-watering £800 for the exclusive Armand de Brignac Rose. A glass of house champagne is priced at £9 while the delicious champagne cocktails are £10.
For a zingy champagne twist, go for the Passionata cocktail, a tasty blend of 42 Below vodka, redcurrants, passion fruit, lemon juice and sugar topped with bubbly and priced at £8. Or for those with a sweet tooth, try the Chocolate Mistress, a mix of nutty Frangelico, Tuaca and Baileys shaken with cocoa powder and a dash of ginger bread liqueur.
A wine and beer list is also available but beware: some of the prices are pretty hefty, plus a service charge will be added to your bill.
There is also a menu of light bites including dishes of sweet peppers, olives and cheeses, as well as complimentary bowls of cashews and dried fruit on each table.
Although with all of that champagne flowing, you may need something a little more substantial to soak it all up. Perhaps those fried chicken shacks may come in handy after all.The Crescent Champagne Bar, 3 North End Crescent, London, W14 8TG
Tel: 020 7603 2058