There are some lofty lunchers who prefer a meal with an unlimited skyline, and if you are one of those people who fancy dining up amongst the clouds, you’ll be pleased to learn that many of London’s tallest buildings are now opening with the inclusion of a restaurant. From the iconic Shard building, to the lesser known Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, you are literally spoilt for choice if you want an out of this world dining experience. We have featured the best of London’s high-rise restaurants, see if you agree.
The Shard is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, and the views from this building, which is billed as being London’s tallest at 310 metres, are stunning. Featuring an innovative glass atrium that allows breathtaking views, there are three restaurants planned for this building; The Oblix, which is open now, the Hutong, which will be opening in June and the Aqua Shard to open in July.
You won’t be able to dine right at the top of The Shard, as the levels are too small, but floors 31 to 33 will host the restaurants, and offer international cuisine to discerning diners. More information at the-shard.com.
London’s second tallest building is Heron Tower, and you can find two great restaurants situated within it’s walls; the Duck & Waffle, which is located on the 40th floor and opened in the summer of 2012, and the SushiSamba, a Japanese and South American fusion restaurant which is located on the 38th and 39th floors.
The food at the Duck and Waffle is inspired by broad European and British influences and has a lively and vibrant atmosphere, where diners are encouraged to share food via an array of different platters, tapas style, designed for sampling. Using local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable British ingredients, the Duck & Waffle is open 24/7, and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night menus. More information at duckandwaffle.com.
Sushisamba is also a vibrant eatery, and comprises of three very distinct different cultures; Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian. Inspired by the influx in the 20th century of thousands of Japanese emigrants, who traveled to South America to grow coffee plantations and find their fortune. Fresh and tasty food include moquecas (a Brazilian seafood stew based on fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro), ceviches (a dish made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers), alongside more recognisable menus such as miso soup and tender sashimi (sushi without the rice). More information at Sushisamba.com.
Future parliamentarians who are heading towards the government should try out Altitude 360°, as did David Cameron back in November 2011. Situated in the heart of Westminster and located on the 29th floor of the historic Millbank Tower, this is a classy warehouse space which boasts 360-degree views over the capital. Tuck into a ‘Gospel’ Sunday brunch which features a menu consisting of soul food, or check out their extensive cocktail range. More information at altitudelondon.com
Situated in the heart of the City, and standing at 183 metres, Tower 42 hosts Rhodes 24, aptly located on the 24th floor. The restaurant opened in 2003 and offers Rhode’s trademark modern British food, including braised oxtail cottage pie, pan-fried skate wings, jaffa cake pudding and jam roly poly. More information at tower42.com.