Since The Finest Bubble was founded in 2014, same-day delivery in London has always been our specialty. Last year, we upgraded our service to same-day delivery in London within 2 hours, which seems to have delighted, impressed and baffled consumers and media alike. We are often asked questions about how we operate such an impressive service, where we deliver to most and how much it costs. Below, we clear the air and provide answers to some common queries.
How do we do it? First, it is important to understand the structural process of a typical wine ordering system. After receiving an online order, other companies will usually use a computerised system to autonomously arrange picking, packaging, collection and delivery, before batching orders together and sending them out in a fleet.
It would be impossible to offer a 2-hour delivery service for a range of 300+ champagnes with such a collective ordering system. Instead, we treat each order separately. Once we receive payment, a courier is booked for that individual order, it is gift-wrapped and packaged as required and usually collected within half an hour. To achieve this level of efficiency, we work with a range of courier firms, sending as many orders as possible by bicycle, or motorbike when not available.
What do we mean by ‘London’? We classify London as the area within the M25. However, in reality most of our business tends to be more central – roughly the area within the north and south circular roads. Within that, the most popular boroughs for delivery are typically the City of London (postcodes E1-E4), Mayfair, Westminster and the West End.
How much does it cost? Because we are based in Islington (N1), we charge delivery on the basis of what it costs us – effectively, the nearer you are to Islington, the cheaper it will be. Popular locations such as the City of London, Mayfair, Westminster and the West End cost £8.50, other areas such as Canary Wharf (E14), Kensington (W8) and Maida Vale (W9) are all £9.95. Areas further from Central London such as Barnet, Chigwell, Croydon, Heathrow and Twickenham will cost around £30-£35. You can check the cost of delivery to your postcode here.
How precise is the delivery window? When ordering online, customers can select a range of 2-hour estimated delivery windows (e.g. 10:30-12:30 or 14:30-16:30).
Can you order same day delivery on the weekend? Orders can be placed for same day delivery Monday to Saturday until 21:00. Due to increased courier costs, delivery is charged at a 50% higher rate on Saturday’s.
What are the most popular boroughs? A lot of our business is gifting and most large companies who gift are based in and around the City of London, Canary Wharf, Mayfair and the West End – this is where most of our orders are delivered to.
Some more fun facts about our same day delivery service:
- Fastest Ever Delivery: 28 minutes (from order placed to champagne received)
- Most Popular Occasions: Birthday, Anniversary, New Job, Engagement, New Home
- Busiest Ordering Time: 09:00-12:00
- Fastest Increase in Popularity: Magnums
- Most Popular Vintage: 2002
- Cheapest Same Day Delivery: £8.50 (City of London, Mayfair, West End)
- Most Expensive Same Day Delivery: £49.95 (West Byfleet)
The Finest Bubble are the only company offering such an efficient same day delivery service to all of London on a comprehensive range of over 300+ champagnes. To make use of our same day delivery in London within 2 hours service, you can place your order online or call us on 020 7359 1608.
Delivery prices are representative of one to five bottles orders and are correct as of 2nd February 2018.