Nathan Howard. I'm a second year student living in London. I like to share my experiences with other's to inform them on London and what it has to offer!
Published January 4th 2018
The ultimate retail refreshment
Famous for its high-end fashion and luxury designers, Selfridges on Oxford St also boasts an array of restaurants and bars offering Thai, European and English cuisines to name a few.
The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Selfridges is one of those places, offering Eastern European light dishes and of course, champers. Bars situated in shopping centres often have a bad reputation, but with one as famous and most inviting as Selfridges, I figured this bar must have something to talk about. The sophistication of the bar sets a great impression at first, and I notice it's cleverly separated from the clothes being sold, so there's no intrusiveness about where you are whilst eating.
The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar, Selfridges London
Looking at the menu, although a few more substantial mains are on offer, it's clear to me this place is more popular for those wanting nibbles, afternoon tea or simply a drink or two. As it's open until just 9pm too, you can soon establish why it's not necessarily meant for a drunken night out.
So, with all this sophistication, how much you may ponder? Well, actually, not too much. As it is a champagne bar, a glass of house champagne sets you back £13.50, with cheaper options such as wine costing as little as £5.50 a glass. Their selection of nibbles start from £4, including freshly baked bread, salted almonds and giant corn and broad beans. Mains are more pricey, averaging around £22. For me, the beautiful surroundings, fine nibbles and champers are what sold me, although with a 12.5% charge added too, you'd expect a friendly service and pleasant experience.
I'd certainly recommend this place to anyone wanting a quick interval from retail therapy. The food is light but very delicious and delicate. However, if the prices do put you off, a quick pastry and coffee would do just fine also!