One is the arguably the most famous department store in the world. The other is inarguably the largest producer of champagne in the world. So, whilst it’s not quite up there with Concorde and the Channel Tunnel as Anglo-French collaborations go, Moët & Chandon joining forces with Harrods is a pretty big deal.
Almost 280 years after the Champagne house was founded, and about 170 years after a Southwark-based draper and haberdasher named Charles Henry Harrod shifted his premises west to the more salubrious surrounds of Knightsbridge, Moët is to open the largest stand-alone Champagne bar in Europe, on the ground floor of an institution whose motto is “Omnia Omnibus Ubique” (“All things for all people, everywhere”).
The space, which will open on 7th July, has been conceived by architectural design studio Sybarite. Those sitting around a 34–place bar serving fizz such as Moët Imperial, Rosé Impérial and Ice Impérial – between tucking into courses of seafood pairings and pastries – will have their eyes drawn upwards to the bar’s hero design feature: a hand-sculpted, undulating gold chandelier, whose 21-by-5-metre form references the arches found in Moet’s wine cellars. The resin tables, meanwhile, have reportedly been designed to replicate the three-dimensional experience of looking downwards into a glass of Champagne.
Michael Ward, Harrods’ Managing Director, refers to the bar as “the perfect addition to our food and beverage offering, sitting alongside our leading chef-led restaurants and world-famous Food Hall destinations”; Berta de Pablos-Barbier, President & CEO, Moët & Chandon, asserts that the opening is “honouring the vision of our founder Claude Moët to ‘share the magic of champagne with the world’ in opening this special destination”.