Madison

Bars and pubs St Pauls
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Madison
Thomas Alexander

Did Sir Christopher Wren adroitly combine the traditional gothic style of church-building with the grace and ambition of Renaissance design, or was his cathedral too decorative for a seat of English ecclesiastical power and a dangerous transgression towards the old faith?

There’s no better place to consider the points of debate circling around St Paul’s than this new rooftop terrace bar in Jean Nouvel’s One New Change shopping complex. The name of the bar is meaningless – a vague attempt at Manhattan glamour. The looks are unimportant, as the whole mall is in thrall to its neighbour. Madison seems to exist largely as a viewing platform.

But what a view it is. A glass lift takes gawpers from the ground floor, sweeping up parallel with St Pauls’ east elevation. Once in the bar or its generous outdoor space, an unrivalled close-up is offered of the drum, peristyle, upper balustrade, upper drum, dome and lantern of the cathedral – all the godliest bits – with the ball and cross silhouetted perfectly against the sky.

You can of course drink in more than the views: cocktails range from standards (mojitos and whatnot) to concoctions with names ripe for being cackled at by hen parties (Pornstar Martini, Hot Bitch Martini). There’s a good range of spirits, and Heineken is offered by the ‘schooner’ (a two-thirds of a pint measure).

There are snacks, some of which may cause puzzlement if piled on small plates in Spain, but called tapas here nonetheless: the likes of Welsh rarebit fritters and ‘Old Spot turnovers’. A more formal brasserie menu is served in the restaurant area.

If you don’t work in the City, you might prefer a daytime or weekend visit, as Madison is, understandably, a post-5pm hotspot. Whether you’re entertaining clients or contemplating the physical manifestation of God’s glory, both will be easier with a drink – here’s just the spot to do it.

Venue name: Madison
Contact:
Address: One New Change
London
EC4M 9AF
Opening hours: Open noon-‘late’ daily
Transport: Tube: St Paul's tube
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Sue F
1 of 1 found helpful

The bar manager & security staff are bulling thugs, They obviously enjoying picking on innocent young men, as they followed them out the bar on Saturday night & proceeded to beat them up for no reason,

So you go there to enjoy overpriced drinks, bottle of vodka £360, yes that right,

& if your group take there fancy, you get followed out by the bar manager, with the security staff closely behind him, & beaten up for no reason,

L

Shannon G
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Encountered extreme arrogance and stupidity from the manager and security. Treated the guy picking up the 4-figure bill with aggression and disrespect over a completely false accusation. Even the waitress knew the manager and security were out of line and unnecessarily rude and aggressive. Abusing the "power" of their position. Despite beautiful weather and an area in the sun it was a very disappointing experience. Avoid this place. Its not worth it - average bar, boring crowd, deep fried food, run by tossers.

Ashley Dickson
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Rang up on the 5th December to book an area for drinks on the 18 December. Told there was space and to email them to confirm. Heard nothing back and when I rang the week before to confirm was again told to email them but assured there was space. Rang today to confirm and apparently they know nothing and had ignored all my emails because they were full - this is despite twice telling me I had a space and just had to sort the minimum spend which was all done via email no phone numbers or manager available to help. If you need a guaranteed booking pick a reputable company and leave this place off your list.

Tom
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Picture the scene. Food is delivered to the table. Before a single bite is taken the plate slips onto the floor and smashes. The waiter promptly replaces the dish with another fresh plate. At the end of the night the customers discover that the waiter has added the extra dish to the bill. They confront the manager, saying that it was just common decency for them to be consulted about the extra plate if they were to be charged for it, before the waiter had bought it over. The manager explains that the waiter had asked them first and had been told to bring the extra plate over. The customer says that's not what happened. The waiter is called over to give his version of events. Already the customer is feeling like they're on trial, this is after-all a plate of fish & chips and they've spent a load of money on drink and other food. The waiter proceeds to call the customer a liar to his face, and then throws a strop when the customer refuses to pay the service charge. This is Madison, make your own conclusions.

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

It's a nice bar with good music and great views but the staff (mainly the security) isn't very friendly which makes the experience less positive.

They should look to try to change this aspect as it has the potential to be one of the best bars in London.

Gram G

Ugly place with ugly staff and security. Views are superb though. Extremely rude staff and security. Don't go here, likely be thrown of the roof by their gestapo security.

AME
Tastemaker

Working in the City means that there is actually quite a bit to choose from when it comes to going out for food and/or drinks. When I have eaten in Madison’s, it has been a very chilled environment that feels ‘nicer’ than your average restaurant but without being pretentious. The food I got was really tasty and good value (chicken caeser salad to start and steak for main) and the service was great, with one of the waiters even being prepared to sing Happy Birthday! When I have gone for drinks, I have had an equally great time as you can walk around and really bask in the fabulous views. The cocktails are yummy but if you can’t splash too much cash then you’re best sticking to wine or beers. You have to be prepared, however, to queue to both get in and out (!) on a day when the weather is fine as there are only two lifts that take you up to the roof top. The wait is never too long though and is totally worth it. Keep your eyes peeled for summer time when they host free screenings of Wimbledon matches (perfect lunchtime break) and for when they host screenings of movies (not free). A great place to take someone who is to be impressed…

 

Emma S
Tastemaker

Wow that view. I mean, that really should make any experience worthwhile. BUT. You just can't get served quickly here. It was a Tuesday night and I waited 20 minutes at the (not particularly crowded) bar. And then paid £18 for two pints and a glass of wine. So, sorry. But views or no views, I don't think I'll be back. 

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

Great place hidden in the city with unexpected views of London. Cocktails are wonderful too!

jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

If you are looking for a place to eat with impressive views of St Pauls and the London skyline, Madison is for you. Accessible via a private lift, if you book a table there is no need to join the queue to enter. There is a restaurant area, plenty of seating and an open air terrace. Unfortunately when we went it was fairly cold and despite there being several outside heaters, this part is best experienced during the warmer months. The staff were very attentive and friendly. Atmosphere was lively but the restaurant area was possibly a bit too loud considering we visited in the evening for a meal.

The menu was ok and the staff worked hard to cater to specific needs. The drinks available on offer and the cocktails were impressive. In the evening it definitely turns into more of a clubby bar atmosphere so I would definitely avoid this place if you are looking for somewhere where you can actually hear each talk properly.  I would definitely recommend for lunch or breakfast when it will be much quieter or just going for evening drinks with friends.

Staff Writer

Discovered this place while looking for the Shaun the Sheeps on the viewing platform. We didn't go to the Restaurant but went to the Cocktail bar opposite. Excellent view over St Pauls Cathedral and the rest of the city. Cocktails were pretty good. It's quite a smart place would recommend popping a shirt and shoes on if you're going.

francesca

Beautiful view, delicious cocktails, the food is not the best and the place is a bit pricy but I still think it is worth going there!

Jo

This place has an amazing buzz about it. I went with two friends on a Thursday evening after work and we arrived a little early thinking we could have drinks first on the roof terrace. We went into the shopping centre to be greeted by a long queue waiting to go up; we weren’t the only ones with that idea. An hour later we came back and went up to the terrace; it was heaving and the ambience was great. I felt very much “in the action”. The view is pretty spectacular – see photo below. The restaurant is inside but the big windows remind you that you’re high up and it’s summer. Cocktails are lovely – I had a strawberry cocktail called Angel Lips (I ordered it mostly for the name) and it was delightful, the type of drink that makes you feel like you’re in the Caribbean. Food: To start I had Salt Cod Croquettes – they were tasty. Perhaps they could have been teamed up with something a little more interesting (there was only a tomato based sauce). For main I had pappardelle with zuccini, mint and panne granato (parmesan). I wasn’t impressed. It was pretty small. You could argue that I’m displaying gluttony here, but my fellow diners agreed that it was more of a side dish portion size. It didn’t taste great either. And it looked horrible; it was entirely green. I had imagined a colourful plate of non-green pappardelle with fresh zuccini dotted with shavings of parmesan. It was just all green and the zuccini was burnt. Oh and there was no panne granato! I had to ask for it. Both friends ordered the fish and chips – I tried a little of the fish and it was good. For dessert we shared a rhubarb pannecotta, chocolate sundae and tropical fruit salad. The pannecotta was OK, nothing to write home about. The chocolate sundae very much the same and the tropical fruit salad was basically a tin of Del Monte fruit cocktail. It was my favourite dessert, I’m not dissing Del Monte, I just didn’t need to pay 10 times the amount I would have paid for the tin. In conclusion: Go to Madison for the view, drinks and buzz. Order something staple such as fish and chips or a burger. Don’t get dessert.

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