5th View

Bars and pubs Piccadilly Circus
2 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Ming Tang-Evans

Cocktails are a focus at this lounge bar-restaurant at the top of Waterstone’s, on Piccadilly. Expect usual suspects such as bellinis, passion fruit martinis, mimosas, mojitos and negronis alongside a good range of non-alcoholic options. 

Wine-wise, you’ll find 10 by bottle and glass; there’s a similar number of bottled beers, including Timothy Taylor Landlord and London Pride; and the day menu features a variety of antipasti, as well as burgers, sandwiches, canapés and afternoon tea.  

Avert your gaze from the 40 years of Booker Prize winners on the walls and you’ll be able to make out the Houses of Parliament from your low, brown-leather, two-person sofa.


Venue name: 5th View
Address: Waterstone's
5th floor, 203-206 Piccadilly
Opening hours: Open 9am-9pm Mon-Sat; noon-8pm Sun. Food served 9am-9pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
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This bar sits atop Waterstone's and I found myself there in between meetings just a few weeks ago. They have free wifi (but it isn't terribly strong, beware if you're doing anything more than just checking emails). The view is fantastic, but only if you can get a window-side seat.

It's a great place to hang out or meet for a drink as it's on Piccadilly and not at street level, which tends to mean the folk in there are "in the know" and it's a little less busy than other Piccadilly haunts.  

I'd say the service is friendly but slow. Also, for the second time here, I've been given a flat diet coke. Not sure if they have it in bottles which go unfizzy. I'll be back, but would love to see them sharpen up a few things in the interim.

The menu advertised online is totally out of date - most things on it ( all sandwiches, all baked potatoes etc) are NOT available anymore. In my opinion the new menu is pricier, uninspiring and limited. The bread served with my meal was stale and the salmon of questionable quality. The salad garnish was distinctly wilted with some brown spots. The quality & interest of the view us massively exaggerated in my opinion - its largely a view of ugly roof tops.

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