Two Walpole members have collaborated to create Moët & Chandon's largest standalone Champagne bar in Europe: Harrods, where the new establishment is situated, and architectural design firm Sybarite, who crafted the look and feel of the space.
Located on the lower ground floor of the historic Knightbridge department store, the space (which will open on 28th June 2022) is dominated by a dramatic, undulating, hand-sculpted gold chandelier set around the intimate 34-seated bar that will offer a full selection Moët & Chandon wines, all served in a range of formats from by the glass to magnum.
To accompany each glass, expect decadent and delicious food pairings, both savory and sweet, created by Harrods specialist team of in-house chefs, from fresh seafood favourites to a fine selection of pastries that look tempting to the eye. Decadent and delicious food pairings, created by Harrods' specialist team of in-house chefs, will accompany each glass, from fresh seafood to a fine selection of delicate pastries.
The Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar at Harrods marks the first time since the Champagne house was founded in 1743 that it has had a permentant outpost in Europe.
"We are delighted to announce the opening of an iconic European permanent Champagne bar," says Berta de Pablos-Barbier, President & CEO of Moët & Chandon. "We look forward to delivering extraordinary experiences and creating lasting celebratory memories within the world’s most iconic department store, honouring the vision of our founder Claude Moët to ‘share the magic of champagne with the world’ in opening this special destination."
"We are delighted to welcome the addition of this exceptionally designed customer experience which promises to be an iconic destination for both Londoners and international visitors," comments comments Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods. "The Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar will be the perfect addition to our food and beverage offering, sitting alongside our leading chef-led restaurants and world-famous Food Hall destinations."
Designed by fellow Walpole member Sybarite, the Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar at Harrods uses materials and forms inspired by the heritege of the House, most notably the glowing, curvaceous bar counter which channels the linearity of the terroir and topography of the Epernay Champagne region where the Maison's grapes are grown.
"The Moët & Chandon bar at Harrods is a dramatic and contemporary space, delivered through architectural form and materiality inspired by the heritage brand," says Simon Mitchell, Co-founder of Sybarite. "The sculpted central chandelier, composed of degradé metallic discs, sweeps, undulates and dips overhead, drawing one in with an anticipation of celebration and effervescence.
“Working with heritage brands LVMH, Moët & Chandon and Harrods was an opportunity to design a show-stopping backdrop injected with all the drama and theatre one anticipates with the pleasure of drinking champagne. Contemporary design references create an immersive environment which conveys the story of the terroir, the sense of place and brings the philosophy of the Grand Maison to life at Harrods."
The Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar at Harrods opens on 28th June at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL. harrods.com