City Social bar

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City Social bar

As anyone with a functioning neck extension knows, the city’s skyline is changing; new skyscrapers are everywhere, and you can raise a glass in many of them. But Tower 42 is the City of London original. Finished in 1980, it was the tallest building in the UK for ten years. Now, on the twenty-fourth floor, chef-about-town Jason Atherton has taken over a former Gary Rhodes restaurant, with an attached bar anyone can just show up to (via two lots of security, an escalator and at least one lift, that is).

In the bar, the food and drink is of a far higher standard than you might reasonably expect up a skyscraper. The cocktails are great, with just enough invention to make them worth the lofty prices. The Pea-lini at £11 comprises ‘salted pea cordial’, spearmint, absinthe, citric acid, prosecco, and something called ‘British summer’ – not hay-fever antihistamine bitters, but simply an edible flower. The Root of All Evil (£12) lists ‘mad paper’, which turns out to just be a money clip.

Bar snacks aren’t so decently priced, but do carry Atherton’s recognisably idiosyncratic details: a ‘ploughman’s basket’ (£15) came with cheese, bread and things in little jars, laid out picnic-style in front of us on a checked cloth.

London’s tall buildings are increasingly described in breathlessly priapic terms – ‘thrusting’, ‘colossal’, ‘pricking the skies’, etc. But City Social’s proximity to fellow skyscrapers does mean its view can invoke serious high-rise envy – especially in the glass-walled gents’, where the view will be more spectacular than usual for most.

Venue name: City Social bar
Address: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street
Price: Noon-midnight Mon-Sat.
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Ruth J

Definitely one of the lesser known sky bars with a view, City Social, located in Tower 42, is one of my favourites. If you are lucky enough to arrive mid week before the post 5pm out flux of workers, 9/10 you will secure a window table with fabulous views of 20 Fenchurch street and the Shard. Although their prices are to be expected, they have a wonderful drinks menu and their bar staff are happy to make you a personalised cocktail if there is nothing to take your fancy on the menu. Be sure to check out the toilet for even more breath-taking views, a nice alternative to the usually very busy viewing platforms at the some of the more popular sky bars in the city. Always great service too.

Daniel L

One of the best things about London as compared to the rest of the UK is its sprawling sky scrapers. And what more to appreciate the fine views from the top of these sky scrapers than to have a drink in hand. City Social Bar allows one to enjoy such a luxury in life, and it does so at quite an expense. However, the premium prices are justified by the amount of thought and presentation that goes into each drink. The mixologists are able to come up with such gorgeous drinks that you don’t want to ruin by sipping on them, and just want to instragram them (lighting at night is dim and romantic which isn’t great for photos though). However, once you start on one, you could easily spend an entire night in the comfortable and popular night spot. This is one of the places to see and be seen and is attractive to a well-heeled city crowd as well.

Kate D

If you're looking for a bar with a cracking view across London then this could be it! Housed in Tower 42 in the heart of the hustling and bustling city landscape, this is a perfect place for a treat with a view.

Cocktails are pretty pricey, but no more expensive than the other high end cocktails bars in London - the difference is that here you get a cracking view across the City! You can pre-book a table for a limited period of time or usually just turn up and they can squeeze you in (I guess this doesn't work if there are hundreds of you, but for a small group it is fine!) You're seated in small booths or low down stools which are easily reconfigurable to get more people around a table.

I haven't eaten in here but the food always looks to be good! 

Can definitely recommend the range of cocktails and they even fancy-up a normal vodka and soda which is always a bonus to get fruit or a small message pinned to your drink :o) 

I've reviewed most of the sky-high drinks and dining experiences so if you're looking for somewhere as a treat then do take a nosey at my other comments....

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On a Thursday/Friday night in the city it’s often hard to find a spot to sit down or even reach the bar, at City Social Bar you can reserve a table just for drinks at relatively short notice and escape the madness at street level. The floor to ceiling windows offer great views across the city, time it right and you can catch an amazing sunset.

The cocktails tasted great but a little on the pricey side, there is a dinner menu (different to the main restaurant) and a good selection of bar snacks available.It’s a great spot for a few cocktails with an amazing view in the early evening before carrying on your night elsewhere.