Galvin at Windows, Park Lane

Galvin at Windows is one of those restaurants that quietly chugs along, sitting pretty on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, which was made more famous recently as Fred Sirieix off of First Dates is the maître d’. The restaurant, owned by the Galvin brothers, has been open for years and has retained its Michelin star since 2009. The dining room … Continue reading Galvin at Windows, Park Lane

Darwin Brasserie, Sky Garden

I’m a real fan of Sky Garden, the glass dome at the top of the Walkie Talkie building. The landscaped gardens, which are impressive at such an altitude, not to mention the views all over London can’t help leaving you speechless. When up there, on the 35th floor, there’s two dining options; Fenchurch Seafood and Grill or the Darwin Brasserie, which is the cheaper and … Continue reading Darwin Brasserie, Sky Garden


Getting the lift up to SUSHISAMBA is pretty impressive; as you hurtle up to the 38th floor in an elevator that’s placed on the outside of the Heron Tower, the views are nothing short of magnificent. The excitement doesn’t end there, or at least it didn’t for us, as before you get to the restaurant there’s an outside bar – which is amazing considering how … Continue reading SUSHISAMBA, Heron Tower

Searcys at The Gherkin

To celebrate their 10th year at the top of the Gherkin, Searcys (a private members club) have opened their restaurant on the 39th floor to the public for seven weeks – hoorah! I was kindly invited along to a preview lunch to see what it’s all about. My first visit to the Gherkin was a really impressive one, but a lot has changed since then. … Continue reading Searcys at The Gherkin

City Social, Tower 42

Based in Tower 42, City Social is the latest restaurant from serial restaurateur Jason Atherton (he also owns Michelin starred Pollen Street Social and Social Eating House, along with Berners Tavern and Little Social). It replaces the old Gary Rhodes restaurant but the place is totally unrecognisable – thank God! We arrived at the 24th floor (only half way up the building) and not only … Continue reading City Social, Tower 42

Duck and Waffle

Getting the lift up to Duck and Waffle, which resides at the top of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, is quite an experience in itself. It’s on the outside of the building meaning the view, as your hurtle up at what feels like 90 miles an hour towards the 40th floor, is quite astonishing. Once there, after walking through the open plan bar area, where … Continue reading Duck and Waffle

Hutong in The Shard

Hutong is a Northern Chinese inspired restaurant in the Shard building in London Bridge. I’d already visited their sister restaurant Aqua Shard which I loved and also Oblix (a Reiner-Becker restaurant on the 32nd floor) which I didn’t quite love so much, so was excited to complete the set. The restaurant itself was a rather beautiful one; in the dining room there was a tree at … Continue reading Hutong in The Shard

Searcys at the Gherkin

At the top of 30 St Mary’s Axe, more affectionately known as the Gherkin, you’ll find Searcys private members bar and restaurant. As the Gherkin is my favourite building in London (closely followed by the Shard) I was rather excited to be visiting for lunch. Upon arrival we were taken through airport style security then up in the lift to the 39th floor and into … Continue reading Searcys at the Gherkin

Aqua Shard

Aqua own two restaurants inside the Shard; Hutong a Northern Chinese inspired restaurant on the 33rd floor and Aqua Shard which serves contemporary British food on the 31st. I was super excited to be invited to a preview night at the latter, along with my gentleman companion. We started with drinks in the bar and lounge area which is a rather beautiful space. Not only … Continue reading Aqua Shard

Oblix at The Shard

I was rather excited about going for lunch at Oblix with my family, the first restaurant to be opened in the Shard building in London Bridge (currently the tallest building in Europe). It’s a Rainer Becker restaurant (founder of Zuma and Roka) but his new venture stays away from Japanese cooking and instead, Oblix is inspired by the grills of New York. As we arrived … Continue reading Oblix at The Shard

Duck and Waffle

If you don’t like heights then look away now as Duck and Waffle is situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate – which made us seriously excited about going for lunch. I do love a good view, especially if it’s in London but our experience of restaurants at high altitude so far have been a bit plain Jane. In restaurants like … Continue reading Duck and Waffle