The Mint Hotel, and Skylounge with it, changed hands in December 2011 and is now run by DoubleTree by Hilton.
The rooftop bar offers lovely views over the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard – especially at night, and most particularly from the rooftop terrace.
Unless you’re happy with the after-work crush, the best night to go is Sunday – otherwise you may have to cool your heels in the ground-floor bar until space becomes available upstairs.
There’s the full range of beers, wines and spirits that you’d expect from a hotel bar. Cocktails include the Millionaire Mojito (muddled mint and fresh lime, Plantation 5 year gold rum, bitters and gomme syrup, served in a chilled martini glass with a champagne float) and London Calling (vanilla--infused Tanqueray gin, shaken with Cointreau, lemon bitters, vanilla sugar and lemon juice in a chilled martini glass).
When the weather's amenable, the terrace barbecue menu includes the likes of grilled tuna steak, marinated poussin, sticky ribs and a moroccan lamb burger.
Outdoor tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but it's possible to reserve spots at the indoor bar.
Summer 2013 update: Skylounge is currently playing host to the Rum Shack, a Caribbean-inspired pop-up lounge. Now you can crack open a bottle of Red Stripe (Jamaican beer) or share a party-sized jug of mojito, daiquiri or sangria with your crew, before soaking it up with the likes of Jamaican patties, all-spice monkfish and prawn skewers, or fish fritters with hot sauce. There’s even a DIY guacamole option, where you can choose the spice level and crush the ingredients together yourself (sounds like cheap labour to us). All to a backdrop of reggae beats and tongue-in-cheek signs forbidding naked sunbathing and telling visitors that ‘sharing tables with strangers is a must’.