Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Oxford Street
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A central rooftop bar with cocktails in jam jars and tuna tins.

Please note, Notch has now changed names to Sisu, opening in summer 2017.

When this little roof space opened up several storeys above Oxford Street last year, social media went mad for sipping its jam-jar cocktails as the buses went slowwwwwly by. Then, as all self-respecting central London rooftop bars do, Roofnic, as it was then called, closed its doors, tweaked its look and changed its name to Notch for summer 2016 (way to shit on our SEO game, guys).

Although we like its new industrial look – edgy metal chains and dusky brown benches – there are now only a handful of sunny spots poking out from under the white canopy that’s survived from last year. You’ll have to squabble for a swing in the sun. And do you know what’s worse than swings in bars? Suits on swings in bars, smoking cigars. A reminder that Notch is attached to the Marriott Hotel, Park Lane.

On the upside, those cocktails in jam jars remain: a clever way to whip up summery drinks at speed (just add ice, and shake). Our iced tea with rum, gin, Aperol, Cynar and crème de pêche was fairly successful as well as sizeable. On the food front, they’ve upgraded the offering to incorporate all the things the kids are eating: bao buns, ceviche, wings and tacos; I was genuinely surprised at the absence of kimchi from the list. Give the nachos topped with ceviche a swerve and go for the excellent wings, which come with a sticky, caramelised coating.

On top of all these enticements, you can buy Negronis and old fashioneds in tuna cans. If that doesn’t get your Instagram thumbs twitching, we don’t know what will.

By: Laura Richards


Venue name: Notch
Address: 535 Oxford Street
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
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Notch is a rooftop bar hidden right in the heart of central London. The secret doorway to Notch is at the far end of Oxford street minutes away from Marble Arch tube station. Helpfully there is a doorman so at least you have someone to ask if you've come to the right place before heading up some stairs that decidedly do not look like they belong to a bar. Thankfully they do! The views from Notch are fantastic and there are lots of fun aspects to the bar. There are swings! Some of the drinks (negroni) for instance come in tins you peel back in poor. Don't you just love a freshly canned cocktail? Why aren't they stocking these in mini bars in hotels? Other drinks come in cute jars with flowers. The atmosphere is very relaxed as are the bar staff. Some of the tables are old school desks - complete with graffiti! A good ice breaker if you're on a date. (Why does every desk have a p@nis on it?) The toilets look like potting sheds. The food smelled amazing (like fresh doughnuts) but we got too carried away with the cocktails. All in all a fun experience and a nice find in central London.

Perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon sipping cocktails. Notch screams 'summer is here' - Embrace it!

Place is a joke. £8 pre-made cocktails served as a sip from a sealed plastic 'tuna can'?! Tacky not trendy. Dodgy place, gangsters on the door and a long queue outside only to arrive in an empty bar. How annoying. Go for a swing on the swings for ten mins if you're bored but complete rip off otherwise.