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Vertigo 42

Bars and pubs City of London
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Vertigo 42 (Rob Greig / Time Out)
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Vertigo 42 (Rob Greig / Time Out)
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Time Out says

There's certainly plenty at which to gawp at this 360-degree City champagne bar - seats are perched at more than 400ft high, at the top of Tower 42. Expect champagnes from most of the big-hitting houses alongside a few classic cocktails, bottles of wine and food ranging from sharing platters and charcuterie boards to smoked salmon, salads and blinis with crème fraîche.



Address: Tower 42
Cross street: 25 Old Broad Street
Transport: Tube: Bank tube/DLR or Liverpool Street tube/rail
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
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Vertigo 42 is one of London’s finest, sleekiest champagne bars, sitting on the 42nd floor of Tower 42, you are completely in awe of the London SkyLine. It is one of London’s highest buildings, definitely towering Duck & Waffle! During the evening after 6pm you must have a reservation, however, during mid week, if you walk in around 5pm like I did, you are definitely guaranteed a nice window view, also its relatively quiet, sombré moment just to chill. This place is perfect for a date!! 

Serving the best champagne, Laurent Perrier (one of my favourite brands) Their Brut is nice, not too dry, not too acidic, plesant on the palate, you can literally sit there and have the whole bottle! They allow you to sit for 2 hours, and a spenditure of £15pp which is easily do-able! 

I chose the Rasbellini – Liqueur de framboise, raspberry puree, gum syrup topped up with champagne. It was soooo nice, like absolutely yummy, not sweet, not sour, just the way you need a champagne cocktail to be! Perfect combination and you can taste the gum syrup on the back of your throat, leaving a warm, ever lasting feeling. Bisou Bisou is Cognac, vanilla syrup, passion fruit puree topped up with champagne – there is no taste of passion fruit in this, hints of vanilla syrup are noted, but actually majority of it is just pure champagne taste! I think they need to adjust their recipe a bit. The other flute was a LP Brut. Clink clink to the weekend.

I came here on a spring evening with clear sky. The view was fantastic. The venue is very small with wrap around seating facing the view of London skyline. There is no actual bar, in fact it was table service only. I found that the champagne cocktail served was not up to standard, I ordered a Lychee Champagne cocktail and I could hardly taste the lychee, the drink's temperature itself was not cold. The cocktails are more expensive than average ones in the city. However, My guests and I enjoyed our visit as there are not many places in London that offered drinks and fantastic view of London.

If you like a bird’s eye view of the city than this is for you!
Vertigo 42 Bar is in Tower 42, near Moorgate. I visited at night and seeing London light up from above was breath-taking.

Each section of the bar (which is surprisingly small but made to look bigger by cleaver mirrors) was labelled with a standout landmark which made it easier to know which direction of London you were viewing at the time. I sat on the Wembley table.

The cocktails are not the cheapest but also what you would expect to pay in London at an exclusive venue. The prices are worth the view. I also got a sharing board with was delicious and generous.

I would recommend Vertigo 42 for a special night. 

You should go there by night, just for the vew on the city which is outstanding.

Of course, the cocktails are not the cheapest, neither the best you can find in London, but I don't know loads of places offering that view.

Don't forget to book if you want to make sure you can access the bar.

Staff Writer

Vertigo 42 Bar is in Tower 42, near Liverpool Street. This bar offers a breathtaking view over London's skyline which shines in the dark night. It's a champagne bar so exepct a wide selection of bubbly drinks on the menu, cocktails are great too! This is a place for a special night!

Not at all what it used to be. Tired and in desperate need of a facelift. What should be an exclusive intimate experience has been ruined by the discount seeking lower end of the market - not at all special

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.

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