Best days to go there is on Thursdays or Fridays when everyone working in the city goes there for a drink. Music is cool, view is beautiful and the cocktails are amazing.
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Posted: Wed Apr 11 2012
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’.
Skylounge DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London
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Well, what to say! I've wanted to visit the Sky Lounge ever since an American friend was taken there and posted some amazing photos on Facebook - but it just never happened until yesterday. I met up with my two daughters to share a few hours together in London....I'm their 60 year old mum. We walked along the Thames Riverside walk which was so enjoyable in the lovely sunny weather and arrived at the hotel cool calm and collected (30 mins from the Strand) We then waited for a lift with a gang of POETS (Push Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday) from nearby offices and overheard them devising a cunning plan for some to hurry onto the terrace to grab tables and the rest to get the drinks in. Were we having that? No way! So as soon as the lift doors opened elder daughter raced ahead knocking said POETS out of her way.....and that was how we discovered the Sky Lounge! Yes we got a great table with an amazing view (although the building site next door induced an attack of vertigo as we watched the man in the crane cab at least another 6 stories above us!) and enjoyed an expectedly expensive but lovely bottle of wine. The sun shone, there was a laidback atmosphere, we were left completely on our own, no hassle to buy more once our bottle was empty and the staff were friendly and approachable. It was a perfect location for a mum to spend quality time with her daughters and I have lots of lovely photos to prove it!
I'm not sure what previous negative reviewers are expecting in terms of service and why it is assumed that every bar has table service. My first visit to Skylounge was a couple of months ago (going back this weekend) and I thought the bar was fantastic. The views are simply stunning and make you feel that you are somewhere really special. Drinks are typical Hilton prices, but the cocktails are well made and we had no problem at all going to the bar and being served. Chilled house played in the background and progressed to slightly heavier beats as the night drew in (darkness added a whole new dimension to the view). My only criticism is that the music was far too quiet (except in one particular spot) and wasn't conducive to dancing, so if you fancy a discreet boogie this probably isn't the bar for you....and this is my only reason for not giving Skylounge 5 stars.
JUST HORRIBLE! If you want to be completely ignored, come to this place. Our party of three sat at the bar and it was almost comical as there were FIVE bartenders behind the bar and they all went to great lengths to look everywhere but at us, although we were right in front of them. The blonde female bartender even took the glasses in front of us and wiped the bar but refused to acknowledge us. After several minutes of this charade, I mentioned to my friends (just loudly enough for the bartender to hear) that I would make sure I wrote an online review. She then immediately walked up to us in an extremely confrontational tone said “What did you want?! I was waiting for you to order!” Incredulous, we all looked at each other and just left. Not worth the hassle....trust me.
I saw the negative reports on here before heading there for a friend's birthday drinks. I can be very particular about the places I like to drink but I have to say that Skylounge provided a pleasant backdrop for a chilled night out. I thought the service was reasonably attentive. The waiters and staff were friendly and good-humoured. It was not busy, just nicely buzzing, with a good view of the city outside, and good house-y music playing inside. The drinks seemed expensive, but as I only drank beer, I can't comment further on this.
Yes, the view is stunning, but alas, like many bars, restaurants, hotels and cafe's in London, the staff are mostly foreigners who can't understand or speak very good English. Sad, but true.
Feel implored to write something after reading the negative reviews! I do agree that I have recieved much better customer service at other bars. I don't come to this bar to be pandered to tho.. The view is just stunning. From Tower Bridge (and beyond), all the way round to the City. Floor to ceiling glass walls, and a large outdoor terrace (which does close before the bar closes). Cocktail selection is varied, but not excellent. Having said that, a very good mocktail was made for a non drinking friend on one occassion. Crowd seems sophisticated; everyone is dressed to impress. If you come here, dont't expect 'waiter' service, go to the bar, queue up, get your drinks then grab a seat or go outside. Music is great too, as it gets dark, some chillaxed house beats accompanying the ice cold beer and stunning view perfectly. Gents, this is defo one place to take the ladies. They'll defo be impressed.. Ladies, don't expect the staff to entertain you! -1 Star for mediocre customer service, and (slighlty) overpriced drinks..
DO NOT bother going here!! Extremely rude staff (The manager)! We had two vouchers for 4 people and a pregnant person... Obviously not drinking. He was rude when we asked if the pregnant person could have the entry waivered , but got rude sharp replies. We are a group of very polite girls. We explained that he does not need to be rude to us, even after the pregnant lady had paid and then we were refused entry! Clearly a man that felt he needed to show power! Now we have to get a refund on the vouchers and are taking our money elsewhere!