Sushisamba (bar)

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Faster than a bullet train, the express lift up the side of the Heron Tower builds the excitement on the ascent to Sushisamba (read our review of Sushisamba restaurant here. Occupying the top floors of one of the highest buildings in the City, it offers breathtaking views down over the adjacent Gherkin; further afield you can see the Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and much else besides, all looking like a Legoland city. Sushisamba has two small bars, plus an outdoor roof terrace bar; tell the door staff you do not have a meal reservation but are going to the bar, then take the lift to the 39th floor to avoid another volley of questions, and walk straight in.

The cocktail list is brief – seven drinks costing £11 or £12 (plus a ludicrous 15 per cent for not very good service), and a little unimaginative (mojitos and such). Our Shisho Fine was described on the menu as ‘herbaceous and citrussy’, but in fact tasted mainly of sugar. The saké list is a far better choice. But although the cocktails are disappointing, this is still a destination bar par excellence, with unbeatable views, a crowd who are blinged up for the occasion, and relatively easy access. For now.

Venue name: Sushisamba (bar)
Address: Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower
110 Bishopsgate
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-1am Mon-Wed; 11.30am-2am Thur; 11.30am- 3am Fri, Sat; 11.30am-midnight Sun.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Brilliant door staff at ground level, lift journey is amazing (and free - why do we pay for the London Eye when the view from here is gratis??). What a shame the bar staff (particularly her with the cool neck tattoo - I had plenty of time to study this...) are rubbish at identifying who was next in the queue. No eye contact, and then pre-occupied with serving the restaurant drinks, two different cocktail menus which meant that pointing to the bottom of one menu got you a completely different drink. We waited 30 minutes for someone to serve us and plenty of punters were served before us who arrived later. Perhaps we didn't fit with the decor??

Giovanna L


I love this place. The sushi is very good, I tasted "El topo" its pretty good.. the atmosphere and the view are amazing. make a reservation, otherwise it will have to wait, but worth the wait...

Esther R

I visited here on a Saturday night for a friends birthday. The place was really buzzing with a nice atmosphere. I wasn't ever so impressed with the short, pricey drink list, nor the hefty service charge! A drink each for four of us came to over to £50! 

I was really impressed with the service though. The bar staff were really friendly and kept up banter all night. Great views of London and the high speed lift was a cool experience. Would visit again despite the cost.

graham hendy

Watch out for the dress code! If you show up smartish for the bar, but without a reservation, the door staff take great pleasure in informing you they won't let you in...even if you're meeting people there. Horrible, I'm sure its lovely but very awkward

Emily Andrews

I really enjoyed my spontaneous first time at Sushisamba. Admittedly I was a little tipsy but the lift took my breath away and the views are amazing. My friend and I were allowed in despite wearing casual clothes and the cocktails were perhaps not the best but were certainly potent! Slightly poncy crowd as it was a Saturday night - a lady asked security to speak to my friend after she spilt a tiny amount of drink on her which he evidently found embarrassing and was very nice about it. There was a great DJ playing really fun tunes and it was a night out with a difference.


I was impressed about the view and the decor. Even on Sunday Night it was still quite busy. Staff was polite and the cocktails were ok. Unfortunately the only WOW was the way to restaurant with high speed elevator. Anyway, I would still recommend to go there as it still is one of TOP10 rooftops in London.

Raj Ab

Fabulous views, staff are approachable and friendly. Happy to make conversation and share a joke. Drinks are pricey but not OTT. Inside is comfortable but loud. OUtside is great on warm day.. too windy when cold. You need to find one of the fireplaces. Bar is very nice. Cocktails were spot on (4 out of 5 times). Overall, OK and good enough but not amazing.


breathtaking view!! sophisticated cocktails! very good and polite service! If u don't like this, u're only the classic pathetic type of a Saturday night out to get drunk!