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Vertigo 42

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You’ll need to make a reservation, promise a £10 minimum spend, head through airport-style security gates (‘no coins, keys or mobiles’), take the escalator and then find the lift dedicated to level 42 before you get anywhere near slaking your thirst. But the views make it worth the effort.

By day, they’re amazing, even discombobulating – the sort of clichéd bird’s-eye views not even aeroplane windows can deliver. From a small circle of bar space with a walk-round mirror at its core, a 360-degree panorama unfurls for mile after mile.

As you gawp from a sci-fi retro chair in Teletubby colours (purple predominates), Champagne is surely the way to go, from entry-level Pannier Brut (£58.50) to a magnum of Krug Clos du Mesnil (£820). House wine is a shade over £9, but then, house wine you can drink in the real world.

Venue name: Vertigo 42
Contact:
Address: Tower 42
London
EC2N 1HQ
Cross street: 25 Old Broad Street
Opening hours: Open noon-4.30pm, 5-11pm Mon-Fri; 5-11pm Sat. Food served noon-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm Mon-Fri; 5-9.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Bank tube/DLR or Liverpool Street tube/rail

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Ben the Dandy

Been here a few times, and it has been approaching stellar (literally) every time. Sure, the majority of this is made up by the view, for which only the architects once employed by NatWest can claim responsibility, but the champagne selection is wonderful, the staff lovely and the non-champagne menu (i.e. snacks, small meals and house wines) provides a nice alternative to help those who inexplicably dislike champagne otherwise enjoy the true glories of this place. Get a reservation. Now. A summer evening there is sublime.