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Voltaire

#457 of 18,950 Restaurants in London
££ - £££, British,
19 New Bridge Street | Blackfriars, London EC4V 6DB, England
+44 20 7438 8054
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (24 reviews)
“lemon dessert” (2 reviews)
“bruschetta” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
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LOCATION
19 New Bridge Street | Blackfriars, London EC4V 6DB, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Voltaire
1. Cocktails
" Great bar, amazing cocktails and excellent service."
ckUK79
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2. Private Vaults
"cocktails and food in the privacy of our vault (with our own music) "
dentalhiker
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3. Cigar Terrace
"Great venue for cigars and cocktails, with outside booths"
nathana16
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1 - 10 of 217 reviews

Reviewed 23 August 2018

Late Saturday afternoon. 2 people in the bar! More staff than customers. Quiet, no music, no atmosphere. The BF and I ordered 2 drinks at the bar. Was told to take a seat. The bar staff took our 2 drinks off the bar, turned 180...More

Thank Samantha B
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Dear Samantha B Thank you for finding the time to leave a review. It does concern me the shortcomings you experienced. Please contact me on robert.singleton1@ihg.com to discuss the matter further. Warm regards, Robert Voltaire bar manager

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Another visit and another amazing night... in our own vault drinking cocktails by the fish bowl and having the most amazing burgers and chips.... the boys were happy as it had a tv screen playing the World Cup... definitely be visiting again... a unique place...More

Thank Sarah P
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Dear Sarah P Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such an amazing review on your recent visit to Voltaire. I am delighted to hear your group had wonderful experience and absolutely loved the private vault showing the world cup. I have...More

Reviewed 13 July 2018

I love bringing friends here! The service is always great and the drinks delicious! A thoroughly enjoyable evening!

1  Thank Eal02
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Dear Eal02 Thank for finding the time to leave such a wonderful review. I have passed your kind comments on to the team. I look froward to welcoming you back very soon. Warmest regards Rob Voltaire bar manager

Reviewed 13 June 2018

One of my favourite bars in the City. Great place with very cute private vaults. Alex the bartender makes some of the best cocktails in town! Highly recommended!

1  Thank Eirini_london
Reviewed 13 June 2018

I have not stayed at the Hotel but as I work in the area I go to the Hotel's "Voltaire Bar" frequently as it is excellent and with very cute private vaults. Alex the bartender makes some of the best cocktails in town! Highly recommended!

Thank Eirini_london
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Dear Eirini Thank you very much for the great feedback. Warmest regards Rob Voltaire bar manager

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

A very civilised afternoon tea in this relaxing, stylish bar beneath the City Crowne Plaza. Delicious range of sandwiches, scones and desserts, with your choice from a wide range of teas, served up in a soothing atmosphere and against a soundtrack of mellow jazz. Friendly,...More

Thank Leswilson
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Dear Leswilson What a wonderful review on your recent visit to Voltaire. I am glad you enjoyed the afternoon tea and found time to sample our draft beer selection. We are currently showing all the World Cup games and have added more beers from around...More

Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

We had a great cigar night last Wednesday with my partner. Service was great and Fani took good care of us sharing her knowledge about cigars. Top cocktails (definitely try Alex's best negroni) and bar will definitely come back soon!More

Thank ZoltanEles
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Dear ZoltanEles Thank you for sharing your great experience you had in Voltaire. How wonderful to hear Fani took great care of you and she shared her knowledge of cigars with you guys. Spot on with mentioning the negroni it is delicious. I have shared...More

Reviewed 1 May 2018

I met there with my friend from uni on 17th April...and again... Absolutely fantastic service, new cocktail menu since I've been there. Anyone who decides go there should try Ms. Piggy Old Fashioned. :) Many thanks to all Voltaire team: Alex, Jesus, Fani and Rob...More

Thank Kamil N
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Dear Kamil N, What a fantastic review on your recent experience with us at Voltaire. It is wonderful to read that the new cocktail menu impressed you and that our lovely team provided great service. I have shared your review with whole team. I hope...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Don’t waste your time. Manager is obnoxious and condescending, that’s if you can actually get some service. When you ask to be served, you might as well have asked for his first born as you will be treated as such. Disgusting service. Would give zero...More

Thank Mehual T
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Went there for my brothers 50th birthday party, we had between 50-60 guests, the food platters were excellent, the staff were friendly, service at the bar was slightly slow as there were a lot of guests and 2 staff serving and a manager. During happy...More

Thank carlpae
Robert S, Manager at Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Dear Carlpae Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am glad that the party enjoyed the food platters and found the staff lovely. I do remember your booking on the 19th August last year in our champagne library for your brothers...More

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in the world, the financial district known simply as
“The City” is one of London's most historic and
fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office
towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with
Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually
every era in between, including Christopher Wren's
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$13 - US$53
Cuisine
Bar, British, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
16:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 01:00
Thursday
16:00 - 02:00
Friday
16:00 - 02:00
Saturday
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 New Bridge Street | Blackfriars, London EC4V 6DB, England (Formerly NINETEENBELOW)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7438 8054
  • E-mail
Description
Voltaire Cocktail Bar & Vaults is located opposite Blackfriars station in the Grade II-listed Crowne Plaza London – The City hotel. It is built on the foundations of King Henry VIII’s Bridewell palace, formerly a prison and a bank before finally finding its feet as one of London’s finest drinking haunts. The Bar is named in honour of the French writer and philosopher, who famously spent six years exiled in London. The perfect subterranean spot in Blackfriars for Happy Hour, gourmet bar bites and Cigar Master Classes. Voltaire features a chic lounge complete with booths, historic private vaults and a cigar terrace to escape the hustle and bustle of the City. *Calls to the restaurant are charged at 10p per minute + network extras.
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