As anyone with a functioning neck extension knows, the city’s skyline is changing; new skyscrapers are everywhere, and you can raise a glass in many of them. But Tower 42 is the City of London original. Finished in 1980, it was the tallest building in the UK for ten years. Now, on the twenty-fourth floor, chef-about-town Jason Atherton has taken over a former Gary Rhodes restaurant, with an attached bar anyone can just show up to (via two lots of security, an escalator and at least one lift, that is).
In the bar, the food and drink is of a far higher standard than you might reasonably expect up a skyscraper. The cocktails are great, with just enough invention to make them worth the lofty prices. The Pea-lini at £11 comprises ‘salted pea cordial’, spearmint, absinthe, citric acid, prosecco, and something called ‘British summer’ – not hay-fever antihistamine bitters, but simply an edible flower. The Root of All Evil (£12) lists ‘mad paper’, which turns out to just be a money clip.
Bar snacks aren’t so decently priced, but do carry Atherton’s recognisably idiosyncratic details: a ‘ploughman’s basket’ (£15) came with cheese, bread and things in little jars, laid out picnic-style in front of us on a checked cloth.
London’s tall buildings are increasingly described in breathlessly priapic terms – ‘thrusting’, ‘colossal’, ‘pricking the skies’, etc. But City Social’s proximity to fellow skyscrapers does mean its view can invoke serious high-rise envy – especially in the glass-walled gents’, where the view will be more spectacular than usual for most.
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A great option if you're looking for a view and a swanky drink. I've been a few times now mid-week and never struggled to get a seat. Though the booths are a little uncomfortable and difficult to get in and out of. Cocktail prices are as high as you are, but what you would expect. Best view from the whole bar is from the bathrooms, so make sure you check it out.
If you're looking for a bar with a cracking view across London then this could be it! Housed in Tower 42 in the heart of the hustling and bustling city landscape, this is a perfect place for a treat with a view.
Cocktails are pretty pricey, but no more expensive than the other high end cocktails bars in London - the difference is that here you get a cracking view across the City! You can pre-book a table for a limited period of time or usually just turn up and they can squeeze you in (I guess this doesn't work if there are hundreds of you, but for a small group it is fine!) You're seated in small booths or low down stools which are easily reconfigurable to get more people around a table.
I haven't eaten in here but the food always looks to be good!
Can definitely recommend the range of cocktails and they even fancy-up a normal vodka and soda which is always a bonus to get fruit or a small message pinned to your drink :o)
I've reviewed most of the sky-high drinks and dining experiences so if you're looking for somewhere as a treat then do take a nosey at my other comments....