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
© Guy Dimond
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Aug 7 2012
Faster than a bullet train, the express lift up the side of the Heron Tower builds the excitement on the ascent to Sushisamba (the restaurant is reviewed 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.
Sushisamba (bar) Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower
- Venue phone:
020 3640 7330
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 11.30am-1am Mon-Wed; 11.30am-2am Thur; 11.30am- 3am Fri, Sat; 11.30am-midnight Sun.
Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
- Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower
- 020 3640 7330
- Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower
- Sushisamba (bar)
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
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.
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??
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!